Alfred W. Hostick, Jr., 87, of Springfield, died at 2:25 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, at ConcordiaVillage-Summer BreezeCare.
Visitation will be from 10 until 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Concordia Village Chapel, 4101 West Iles in Springfield. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. at the chapel, with FatherJohn Nolan officiating. A private burial will be held at Calvary at a later date. Butler Funeral Home in Springfield is assisting the family with arrangements.
Mr. Hostick was born on Oct. 15, 1932, in Springfield, to Alfred W. Sr., and Easter Lilly (Saul) Hostick. He married Bertha L. (Volk) Weatherford in 1966. Mr. Hostick was a combat veteran of the Korean War. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Ribbon with 2 Bronze and Campaign Stars, and the National Defense Service Medal.
Mr. Hostick attended Cathedral Boys High School and Springfield Junior College. He graduated from Western Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in education, and from the University of Illinois at Springfield with a master’s degree in administration. He also completed courses from the University of Arizona and 24 additional hours from the University of Illinois at Springfield.
Mr. Hostick was employed as a teacher at Galesburg State Research Hospital, St. Charles Training School for Boys, Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada, Redondo Beach School District in Redondo Beach, CA, and School District #186 in Springfield. He retired in 1989, after 31.5 years of service as a teacher. After his retirement, Mr. Hostick worked as a permanent part-time employee at the County Election Office. He was also a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church.
Mr. Hostick is survived by his children, Jim (Jean) Weatherford of Springfield, Lori (Jeff) Valentine of Springfield, Mark Weatherford of Hillsboro, Paula Weatherford of Springfield and Mindy (Gary)Garner of Auburn; grandchildren, Bryan, Morgan, Patrick, Heather, Michael, Nicole, and Lily; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; sister, Beverly Schafer; and daughter, Regina Hostick.
Memorials may be made to Land of Lincoln Honor Flight, 57 Country Place, Springfield, IL 62703. Condolences may be left online at butlerfuneralhomes.com.