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James "Jim" Franklin Hostler, 81, of Edmond, Okla., departed this life to be with his Lord June 14, 2017. He was born February 2, 1936, in Bethany, Okla., to Elhannen Herbert and Susan Elizabeth (Rutherford) Hostler, Jim was one of nine children.
Jim was raised in Midwest City, Okla., and graduated high school from the Oklahoma Military Academy. He went on to earn a degree in business. He transferred his military service to the United States Army in 1958 where he served as a chaplain assistant and received a medal of good conduct.
In 1960 Jim began a lifelong career with OG&E where he was employed in the capacity of store manager of the Mustang plant. He retired from OG&E in 1994.
An active member of Henderson Hills Baptist Church, one of Jim's greatest passions was leading people to Christ. Throughout his life he taught Sunday School to college students and young adults. He and his wife, Carol, hosted an international student ministry in their home for many years where students from Taiwan, China, Japan, Egypt, Thailand and India came to know the Lord. Some of the students who were saved are now missionaries working in their home countries.
Jim was a lover of history and music and was an avid reader. His favorite music was the classical hymns sung in church. He loved watching western movies and historical movies of World War I and II including the Korean/Vietnam Wars. Jim's love for his family was shown every morning when he got up early morning to make his fabulous breakfast of pancakes and omelets.
Jim was proceeded in death by his parents and seven siblings. He is survived by one sister Lua Van Meter of Canton, Okla.; his wife Carol (Kesner) Hostler of the home; his son James and wife Dorene Hostler of Arcadia, Okla.; son Wesley and wife Kristy Hostler of Claremore, Okla.; stepdaughter Kristine and husband Edward Sagan of Riverside, Ill.; and stepson Doug Gray of Edmond; grandchildren Halie Hostler, Hannah Hostler, Alyssa Hostler, Connor Hostler, Trey Turner, Shane Turner, Matthew Sagan, Jack Sagan, Zane Gray, Zachary Gray, Austin Gray and Victoria Gray; and great-grandchildren Drew Turner and Mason Turner as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Published on June 23, 2017
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