Dan peacefully transitioned to his eternal home Tuesday, April 17, 2018. He was born March 15, 1947 in Kansas City, Kans., to Daniel Enmer Hostetler and Ruth Jeanette (Hamm) Hostetler.
He was raised in Prairie Village, Kans., graduating from Shawnee Mission West High School in 1965. Dan followed in his grandfather’s footsteps, working for Proctor & Gamble until health issues took over his life necessitating many surgeries over the next few years.
Dapper Dan attended Pittsburg State University. His sales career started at Kansas City Barber Supply working for Redkin where he became a Sales and Marketing Manager and ended in real estate for Century 21 Smith and Associates in Lawson, Mo. He was blessed lifelong with amazing friends. He loved fishing, college basketball (he lived for the final four) gab (he never met a stranger), pets, and keeping in touch with everyone he met, creating a huge network of people he was honored to call friends.
In 1993 he met Kathy Little Ackerman through a personal ad in the Kansas City Star. They dated three years and married in 1996. She is the love of his life and best friends with his sisters. Her loving, tender care through the years shines; she was holding him when the Lord called him home.
Dan was a member of United Christian & Presbyterian Church in Lawson. He was a 32 degree Mason, belonging to Bee Hive Lodge 393, Wyandotte Lodge #3, Ararat Shrine, Scottish Rite and Excelsior Chapter 168 Order of Eastern Star.
Danny Boy is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Kathy; his sisters, Mary Ann Garling, Evansville, Ind., and Carla (Terry) Talarico, Prairie Village, Kans.; and brother-in-law, John Little (Lorrie), Palm Harbor, Fla. He has two nephews, five nieces, five grandnephews, five grandnieces and one great grand nephew, as well as step nieces and their children.
The family extends their heartfelt thanks to Liberty Hospice for their extraordinary care. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to United Christian & Presbyterian Church.
Visitation will be from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21, 2018, 3:30 p.m. Masonic service, followed by memorial service at Lawson United Christian & Presbyterian Church.
Arrangements are in care of Bross & Spidle Lawson Chapel, Lawson.
Our Sincere Condolences
I met Danny in 1965 at Pittsburg. He was from Prairie Village and I was from Pennsylvania. Somehow, some way, we hit it off and over the next few years became the very best of friends. Danny (as I have always and only known him) was a joyful and wonderfully erratic friend. We would hang out at his parents home for hours, just talking guy things. His Mom and Dad were incredibly patient with the two of us. My parents thought of Danny as another of their children.. They actually had a special bed set up just for Danny. Mom called it ‘Danny’s bed’ where he was always welcome. I have ever grateful memories of those days that I will always cherish. I’m equally sorry that over time Danny and I didn’t find a way to get together at least one more time.
His friend, Jim Adams
Sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. I first met Dan forty years ago when he called on the Barber Shop in Butler. I have Good Memories of when he stayed with me. We had good times. My sympathy to all the family.
Kansas City, MO