Marlin Hostettler

Marlin C. Hostettler

Sunday, September 22nd, 1918 - Friday, June 5th, 2020
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Marlin C. Hostettler, age 101, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away at the Chambersburg Hospital on Friday, June 5, 2020. Born September 22, 1918, in Mifflintown, PA, he was the son of the late William and Jane Miller Hostettler.
A proud U.S. Navy veteran, Mr. Hostettler served honorably during WWII. He worked at T.B. Woods Company for 20 years, retiring in 1980; however he was a passionate Tool Sharpener, he continued working in this lost art up until his passing. His other hobbies included photography, raising Cacti, telling jokes, going to the senior center, making power point charts, and surfing the internet on his computer. Notably, Mr. Hostettler was featured on Chambersburg Neighbors in the November 2019 edition.
Surviving are two children, Gloria Musick (Guy) of Scotland, PA and John Hostettler (Lois) of Milbank, SD; a step-daughter, Diana Harrison; step-daughter in law, Joyce Yeager; ten grandchildren, Tami Stoner (James), who were his caregivers, Todd Musick, Michael Hostettler (Abi), Patti Yeager, Timothy Harrison (Elizabeth), Shawn Musick (Stacy), Rhonda Mellott (Tom), Jodi VerHoeven (Lyle) and Ron Yeager, Jr. (Michelle); 18 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Violet L. Hostettler on February 11, 2007; one brother, Earl Hostettler, two sisters, Margaret Sheaffer and Madeline Schaffer, and three step-sons, Charles, James, and Ronald Yeager.
Services and private interment will be held at Parklawns Memorial Gardens with Pastor Garry Culler officiating. Military Honors will be rendered by members of the Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599 Honor Guard at graveside. Arrangements are entrusted to the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Chambersburg, PA. Online condolences may be offered on his book of memories page at In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in his name to the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation, Inc.,7008 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003
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    Parklawns Memorial Gardens
    3218 Philadelphia Ave.
    Chambersburg, PA 17201
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George Owens

Posted at 08:20pm
Marlin was an amazing gentleman, full of great stories from a life well lived. I was blessed enough to have met Marlin through my parents who knew him from the Senior Center. I'm guessing it was around the time Marlin was in his late 80's that he decided to purchase an computer so he could surf the web and work on his digital photographs. He needed some assistance with connecting the sound system to his PC and I was asked to go over and see if I could help. I've since helped him with many other computer related issues and got to enjoy visiting him. Through his love for photography, I would invite Marlin to early morning trips to Gettysburg to take photographs of the battlefields at dawn. He really enjoyed those times as we would also to to breakfast in Gettysburg after spending all morning on the battlefields. Marlin also loved photographing covered bridges and I helped him with printing several of his compositions. He was also a willing participant in my many photo and film projects over the years. Many of his friends and family may not know that Marlin was quite an actor. His breakthrough role was in a short film I created that was shown at the Maryland Film Festival many years ago. I cast Marlin as the French photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson. He loved helping me with that and for being the subject of many of my photo projects over the years. I'll include some here. If any one is interested in seeing Marlin in his film debut, Check out the YouTube video, Henri Cartier-Bresson | A Day In The Life at:

Marlin will be greatly missed!

RIP Good Sir!!

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