Obituaries: Frank Harold Hostler, Sr. (1938-2007)

April 26, 2007 11:00 pm
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Frank Harold Hostler, Sr., 68, a resident of Grand Ronde, Ore., died April 23, 2007.

He was born August 31, 1938, in Crescent City, the son of Fred and Laura Scott Hostler. He was raised in the Smith River area and worked as a logger, faller and hook tender in the woods.

He attended Barber College in Oakland, and barbered for many years. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1959, in the Navy Reserves and in the Oregon National Guard from 1977 to 1980.

He was a big fan of NASCAR and enjoyed attending races in Lebanon and Woodburn. He came from the village of Howenquet and served on the tribal council, and was a member of the Shaker Church.

He enjoyed traveling the Pow-wow circuit, making drums, and teaching others to make them and sweat lodges. He was a passionate man about his work and helped others when nobody else would.

He is survived by his sons Frank Hostler II of Salem, Ore., and Joseph Hostler of Smith River; daughters Shawn Jones and Lydia Lodgan, both of Grand Ronde, Ore.; and eight grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Elmer of Nillie-chun-dun and sisters Betty of Crescent City and Viola of Smith River.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Thomas, Freddie and Joe, and sister Darlene.

A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. April 28 at the Shaker Church of Smith River. Interment will be at Howenquet Cemetery in Smith River. Memorials to the Shaker Church are suggested.

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