August 1, 2014

North Missouri soldier killed in combat

A Missouri soldier has been killed while serving in the Middle East.

hostetter mugThe Department of Defense says Private Jonathon Michael Dean Hostetter of Humphreys, Missouri, was killed by an improvised explosive device during combat.

Humphreys is a small town in Northern Missouri’s Sullivan County. Hostetter was 20 years old.
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Hostetter was a combat engineer and entered the U.S. Army in September of 2012. Before arriving at White Sands Missile Range, he was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He deployed to Afghanistan to join the 40th Mobility augmentation Company in April 2013. This was his first deployment.

Sources report he is survived by his wife. The soldiers’ father, Michael Hostetter, is the middle school principal in Milan. His mother Lisa Hostetter teaches in the fifth grade at Linn County R-1 of Purdin.

Private Hostetter was graduated from Linn County R-1 in 2011.

His unit will conduct a memorial service this week, and funeral arrangements are still pending, according to Cammy Montoya, a spokeswoman for White Sands Missile Range.