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George Allan Hosfield was born to the late Guy and Lena (Pieper) Hosfield on February 22, 1932, in Ellston, IA, welcomed home by brothers, Lyle, Lloyd and Kenneth. He said his earthly goodbyes on December 14, 2021, at the age of 89. His age was no barrier. George lived life to the absolute fullest up until the last moment – on his way to do what he and his late bride, Naomi, loved most – dancing. He graduated from Ellston High School in 1949 and married his high school sweetheart, Naomi Ruth Robison, on February 26, 1952, at the Tingley Methodist parsonage. Together, they created a love for life through farming, family and faith. Their marriage brought four beautiful children: Douglas Allan in 1953, Gary Dean in 1954, Randy Guy in 1962 and Lisa Grace in 1964. George and Naomi shared their love for all things agriculture with their children, raising them in their farmhouse northwest of Ellston where they resided from 1958-2003.
George’s real love for farming started in 1946, three years before he graduated high school. He attended a carnival in his hometown, Ellston, IA, where he bought a ticket for the chance to win a bred sow with her pigs. That day, George’s love for the hog industry blossomed as he brought home a sow and eight red pigs. George was a lifelong farmer who also spent many years as a salesman for Archer Oil and selling feed for Lucas Feed Company. Upon retirement, George and Naomi moved to Tingley in 2003 where they lived across the street from the Tingley Community Center, home of the Tingley meal site where they spent countless hours volunteering. In addition to their dedicated volunteering at the Tingley meal site, they were loyal members of the Tingley Kitchen Band and Charlie’s Revue. George also served as a lifetime member of the Tingley Lions Club and he and Naomi were also members of the Ellston Methodist Church.
George and Naomi spent multiple nights a week at dances across the region. After Naomi passed in 2015, George still kept himself busy traveling multiple nights a week to a dance. He frequented the Chicken Inn in Creston and the American Legion in Mount Ayr. George was also an avid cribbage player, challenging his kids and grandkids at each family gathering and playing in Arispe most every Wednesday afternoon. He was champion of the 2018 Jim Overholtzer Cribbage Tournament in Hopeville, IA, and he recently placed eighth in the 2021 Iowa State Fair Cribbage Tournament.
Growing up, his kids remember making homemade ice cream, listening to the stories he would tell of his time growing up and watching western movies. George also had a big place in his heart for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and rarely missed an activity or sporting event of theirs. His family members have fond memories of watching George and Naomi conquer puzzles on their kitchen table, playing cards with them, popping popcorn on their stove at the farm, shucking corn and snapping peas and playing on the tire swing in the farm’s front yard.
George touched every life he encountered, and he made every conversation he had a special one. He is missed dearly by his family and friends, all who celebrate in his inspiring life and that he is at peace with his bride and his Creator. George is survived by his children; Douglas (Wanda) Hosfield, Gary (Linda) Hosfield, Randy (Stephanie) Hosfield and Lisa (Chuck) Waske; his grandchildren, Chad (friend, Jami) Drake, David Hosfield, Brittany (Josh) Pickering, Jennifer (Jesse) Cornell, Nathan (Tanya) Drake, Tyler (Maggie) Hosfield, Cass (Annie) Hosfield, Chelsey (Eddie) Daily, Thomas Hosfield and Madison (Logan) Lafrenz; his great-grandchildren, Daron, Donnie, Evelyn, Gabe, Eastyn, Daxtyn, Anastasia, Cooper, Walker, Collyns, Adley, Parker, Rhaylin, Gunner, Braelynn and baby due May 2022; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, David (Sharon) Robison, of Altoona, IA; and sister-in-law, Joyce Robison, of Swisher, IA.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Naomi Hosfield; his parents, Guy and Lena Hosfield; father-in-law, Forrest Robison, and mother-in-law, Lily Adalene, (Trisler) Robison; his brothers, Lyle, Lloyd and Kenneth Hosfield; sister-in-laws, Esther Robison, Shirley Hosfield, Nadine Hosfield, Dora May Thomson, Cleone Hosfield, Vivian Hosfield; and brother-in-laws, Eugene Robison and Dean Thomson.
Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr is in charge of the arrangements.
Services were at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 19, 2021 at the United Methodist Church in Ellston, IA.
Officiating was Rev. Rick Hawkins.
Music was “Precious Lord” and “He Touched Me”.
Musicians were Maurice and Marsha Jones and Sharon Thalman.
Casketbearers were David Hosfield, Tom Hosfield, Josh Pickering, Cass Hosfield, Chad Drake, Eddie Daily, Tyler Hosfield, Nathan Drake, Jesse Cornell, Logan Lafrenz.
Honorary pallbearers were Jennifer Cornell, Brittany Pickering, Maggie Hosfield, Chelsey Daily, Annie Hosfield, Tanya Drake and Madison Lafrenz.
Burial was at the Ellston Cemetery in Ellston, IA.
Memorials are to the Ellston United Methodist Church and the Tingley Community Building.

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