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ADMISSION AND HOURS
General Admission (per person)
Seniors (60+, AAA Members).................$7.00
Group (12-19) or Military.......................$6.00
Group (20 or more)...............................$4.00
Students (ages 6-17)............................$4.00
Children under 5 years old......................FREE
Open Spring, Summer, and Fall Season
Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday
Gift Certificates Available
Closed to the general public
January 1st thru March 31st and will
reopen on Tuesday April 5th.
During Winter Season, Tour Groups of 20 or more people may be scheduled by calling
(260) 768-3021 between 8am and 5pm.
Hostetler’s Hudson Auto Museum
Located within the Shipshewana Event Center
760 S. Van Buren Street
Shipshewana, Indiana 46565
Ph: (260) 768-3021
Fax: (260) 768-3023
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© Hostetler’s Hudson Auto Museum 2013
December 25, 1922 - January 8, 2016
Eldon Hostetler, 93, of Middlebury, died at 6:35 pm on Friday, January 8, at the Maples at Waterford Crossing, Goshen. He had been staying there since a fall on December 14.He was born on December 25, 1922 in LaGrange County, to Mahlon D. and Lizzie D. (Schrock) Hostetler. On September 10, 1944 in Middlebury he married Edna Yoder; she died April 22, 1977. On April 8, 1978 in Goshen he married Esta Yoder; she survives. Survivors in addition to his wife are three daughters, Mary Etta Yoder of Palmetto, FL, Ruby (Marvin) Wittmer of Goshen, LeAnn (Lamar) Hochstetler of Nappanee; three sons, Dale (Sharon Anderson) Hostetler of Union, MI, Robert (Angelika) Hostetler of Granger, Eldon Jr. (Pauline) Hostetler of Goshen; 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, six step great grandchildren, three step great-great grandchildren; five sisters, Ida Frey of Ligonier, Orpha Miller of Shipshewana, Lizzie Ann (Mervin) Lehman of Topeka, Freida (Mahlon) Raber of Middlebury, Leah Fern Hostetler of Shipshewana; two brothers, Daniel Hostetler of Shipshewana, LaVern Hostetler of Anderson. He was preceded in death by his first wife, parents, four sisters, Nina Hostetler, Anna Miller, Mary Etta Eash, Mabel Mast, brother, David Hostetler. Eldon began his working career in 1944 at Creighton Brothers in Warsaw. He was passionate about developing equipment to make work easier for the farmers. He then went to work at Lambright Hatchery in LaGrange; while there his hobby developed a new crossbred chicken with larger breast meat. He later worked
for Chore Time in Milford for 20 years; while there he invented the centerless auger feeding system which greatly expanded their business. In 1977 he started Ziggity Systems in Middlebury where they specialize in watering systems for poultry. He retired in 2007. For 35 years Eldon was passionate about collecting and restoring Hudson automobiles. He was very interested in the history of the Hudson and the impact it had on the automotive industry and the economy. In 2005 Eldon donated land, a building and endowment
fund to start the Hostetler’s Hudson Auto Museum, building the largest collection of rare and unusual Hudsons. He also enjoyed collecting different antiques. He was a member of the North Goshen Mennonite Church, the Indiana/Ohio Hudson Club, Antique Auto Club of America and the Classic Car Club of America. Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 pm on Wednesday January 13, and 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 pm Thursday, January 14, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main Street Middlebury. Family and friends may
gather at 9:30 am on Friday January 15 for a graveside service at Violett Cemetery, Goshen. A Celebration of Life service will follow at 11:00 am at the North Goshen Mennonite Church. Services will be conducted by Pastor Mark Schloneger. Memorials may be given to Cancer Society of Elkhart County.