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John "Jack" H. Hostert, 81, of Massey passed away in his home on Tuesday, November 20th.
A small burial service will be held on Thursday, November 29th at 11 a.m. at Mount Calvary Cemetery, with military honors to be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family asks that friends and loved ones please make a donation to the memorial fund in Jack's name at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory.
Jack was born on July 16, 1937 to Herman and Antoinette Hostert in Dubuque, IA. Jack spent his life in Dubuque with his parents and brother, Donald Hostert. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School where he was a respected football and track athlete. Following graduation, he was married to his middle school sweetheart, Lola (Smith) Hostert. After his service in the Navy his son, Lanny Hostert, was born in June of 1959. Jack worked as a welder for several decades as an employee of John Deere.
Throughout his life, Jack enjoyed building, collecting, and-most importantly-racing classic cars. He was a decorated race car driver that found happiness and a sense of nostalgia in the racing world. When he wasn't behind the wheel, Jack loved boating on the Mississippi River. Navigating the riverways in his speed boat, "On the Rocks", was where you would likely find him on the weekends. Additionally, he found contentment keeping up his property and taking bike rides around his neighborhood. His family fondly recalls that Jack was his happiest when spending time with his son and three grandchildren. His grandchildren most enjoyed listening to his colorful stories and laughing at his many jokes. Jack will always be remembered as a sweet man with a cheerful smirk and endearing, yet dry, sense of humor.
Jack leaves behind his son, Lanny Hostert, and three grandchildren Matthew Hostert, Lindsay (Hostert) Goedert, and Michelle Hostert. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Herman and Antoinette Hostert, his brother Donald Hostert, and his wife Lola (Smith) Hostert.