HOSTETTER, Lynn Eugene Lynn Eugene Hostetter was called home to our Lord on Friday, October 7, 2016. He will be dearly missed by his loved ones as they celebrate his life. Lynn was born to Ammon and Ella Hostetter in Lebanon County, PA on June 22, 1931. Never knowing his father, who died when Lynn was a baby, he grew up on a farm with his mother and four older siblings. His schooling included a one-room schoolhouse, Annville High School and Messiah Academy, where he graduated in 1949. In 1951 he joined the United States Air Force and eventually was stationed in Sacramento, California where he met his future wife, Alice Bliss. They were married on July 3, 1954. After his military service Lynn and Alice briefly relocated to Pennsylvania but came back to California in 1957. Lynn took a job with NASA at Aerojet General, completing his welding certification. He worked on the Titan and Polaris rocket engines which transported his welding stamp number to the moon. Leaving Aerojet in 1962, Lynn joined the Sheet Metal Workers Union. While maintaining full-time employment with various local sheet-metal contractors, Lynn established and developed a welding apprenticeship program. Lynn taught this program at Spokane Community College, where he taught evening classes for 25 years. This same program has been used as a model for programs nationwide. In the meantime, Lynn and Alice's family began to grow: Charlene was born in 1955, Dennis in 1959 and Dean in 1963. A loving husband and father, Lynn spent countless hours helping with little league and softball teams, church activities and music programs. He worked tirelessly on remodeling their small home in Sacramento. In 1972, they moved to Spokane, Washington where they have lived to the present time. Over the years Lynn enjoyed taking care of his beloved dogs, singing in the church choir, hunting, camping and gardening. Lynn is survived by Alice, his wife of 62 years; his daughter Charlene Steele and her husband Rod; his sons Dennis Hostetter and Dean Hostetter; his sister, June Engle; his grandchildren Joshua Steele, Jessica Woodward (Aaron); Hailey Hostetter, Drew Hostetter, and Brady Hostetter. He is preceded in death by his parents Ammon and Ella Hostetter; brothers Harold Hostetter and Glenn Hostetter and sister, Marion Doutrich. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 22, 1:00 P.M. at First Presbyterian Church Spokane, 318 S. Cedar St., Spokane, WA, 99201. Memorial gifts in his name can be given to First Presbyterian Church of Spokane or Central Lutheran Church of Spokane.
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