Phyllis & Gordon Hostetler

Phyllis & Gordon Hostetler

Phyllis & Gordon Hostetler • Vibrant People of Elkhart County


When Michelle Nash, the Curator of Collections at Elkhart County’s Historical Society, nominated Phyllis and Gordon Hostetler, she had a conundrum. Which one should she put forth? She said, “Part of what makes Phyllis and Gordon special is their status as a duo. It honestly didn’t feel right to nominate them separately.” We agree and, therefore, we give you today’s Vibrant Couple. They are delightful people as well as active volunteers and avid supporters of Elkhart County.

Gordon was born and raised in India. (That is India, the country and not a poor spelling of our fair state.) His parents were missionaries there. Upon graduation from high school, he came to Goshen to live with relatives. After spending some time in Michigan, he returned to Goshen to attend college. It was there he met Phyllis. She had moved from Ohio to finish up her degree.

Gordon spent his working days at Miles Laboratories (later Bayer). Phyllis was a librarian at the Pierre Moran branch of the County Library. Both are retired now, but they have hardly slowed down. The Hostetler’s are members of several arts-related organizations including the Midwest Museum of American Art. They are advocates for the Pumpkinvine Trail. They are dedicated volunteers at the county Historical Society. There, Gordon and Phyllis have been instrumental in making it possible to electronically search all the paper records in that organization’s collection.

Friends say the Hostetler’s are steady and reliable with an ability to focus on the details. At the same time, they have great curiosity and have interesting stories to tell.

Friends also tell you that Gordon and Phyllis both have a serious case of sweet tooth. “We love our treats,” Phyllis says. Having a sweet treat to look forward to makes their Friday’s at the historical society a little more enjoyable.