Ralph M. Hostetter, 87, died Oct. 20, 2017, at Augusta Health

Ralph M. Hostetter, 87, passed peacefully into the arms of his Savior on Oct. 20, 2017, at Augusta Health, after a short illness and hip surgery.

He was born Nov. 23, 1929, to Robert S. and Lucy C. Hostetter.  His loving wife, Sadie Moore Hostetter preceded him in death, as well as his six brothers, Ellis, Mason, Oscar, Herbert, Earnest, and Preston, and two sisters, Geneva Scott and Kathleen Clark. 

He is survived by one sister, Ethel Sweet Wright (Thurman), sister-in-law, Sandi Shiplett, nephew, Jason Hartless, and a great-nephew, Cole Hartless, as well as his dog, Pepper.  He is also remembered by many other special nieces, nephews, and neighbors.

Ralph was a lifetime member of Lauderdale A.R. Presbyterian Church and retired from Virginia Military Institute buildings and grounds after 31 years of service.

The service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, at Harrison Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Benjamin W. Dowling, III officiating. There will be no visitation.  The service will conclude at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens.

Donations may be made to Lauderdale A.R. Presbyterian Church, 300 South Main St. Lexington, VA 24450 or Rockbridge Area Hospice 315 Meyers St. Lexington, VA 24450.

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