SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - William "Bill" N. Hostert, 83, of Scottsdale, Ariz., went to heaven on Thursday, March 13, 2014. William died of a heart attack at the Mayo Hospital with his loving family at his side.
He was born Oct. 28, 1930, in Warren, to Josephine and William Hostert. He graduated from St. Mary's High School, where he played four years of high school football as #31, in January 1949.
William was a tool and die maker at Packard Electric, a division of General Motors. He also sold storm windows and doors for several years to go that extra mile to provide for his family.
He was an avid golfer, and enjoyed bowling and archery. His favorite pastime was football, and he would spend endless hours talking about and watching games, especially the Cleveland Browns, Ohio State and Notre Dame.
He loved telling stories, and his favorite one - which he told to everyone he met - was the story of how he met his wife of 62 years, Betty Bendik, when they were teenagers in Warren.
William retired in 1986, when he and Betty moved to Phoenix to be near their two grandchildren.
William is survived by Betty and his three beloved children, Kathi (Richard) Haas of Scottsdale, Ron Hostert of Warren and Kirk Hostert of Cave Creek, Ariz. Other survivors include his sister, Rita Hostert of Scottsdale; his grandson, Kevin Haas of Berkeley, Calif.; and granddaughter, Allison Haas of Tempe, Ariz.
William was preceded in death by his parents, William and Josephine, and a sister, Kathleen (Sam) Rinda.
A memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Blessed Sacrament Church, 11300 N. 64th St., Scottsdale. Following the Mass, there will be a private celebration of life reception for family and friends at the home of his daughter, Kathi Haas.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, Salvation Army, Knights of Columbus or St. Vincent DePaul.
Arrangements handled by Messinger Mortuaries in Scottsdale.