Schmitz Funeral Home of Donnellson obituary – John “Darrell” Hoskins, 81, Donnellson



John “Darrell” Hoskins, 81, of Donnellson, Iowa, passed away at 9:04 p.m. Sunday, March 20, 2022, at his home in Donnellson.

He was born on August 28, 1940, in Wyaconda, Missouri, the son of John and Ethel (Wagner) Hoskins. On September 30, 1961, he married Ruth Ann “Ruthie” Peterman at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Montrose, Iowa. She preceded him in death on February 27, 2016.

Survivors include his daughter: Darla (Mike) Eaves of Donnellson, Iowa; son: Jeff (Mary) Hoskins of Donnellson, Iowa; three grandsons: Tyler (Rachel) Hoskins, Jake Shannon and Jeremy (Kristen) Pickrel; four great grandchildren; three brothers: Henry “Hank” Gerveler, Everett Gerveler and Earl Gerveler; three sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father: Henry Gerveler; wife: Ruthie; granddaughter: Amanda Ellison; sister and brother-in-law: Shirley (Toby) Marsh; nieces: Brenda, Polly, Cheryl; nephews: Anson, Adam, and Danny.

Darrell was a graduate of Donnellson High School. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He was a farmer and worked at Sheaffer Pen Company and Fruehauf. He was a member of the Donnellson American Legion Gillaspey – Moodie Post #474. Darrell enjoyed farming, caring for his livestock, working on cars (he restored a 1931 Model A and several tractors and trucks) and he also enjoyed having a cold Blue Ribbon.

Friends may call after 12:00 noon, Thursday, March 24, 2022, at Schmitz Funeral Home in Donnellson, where the family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. that evening.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 25, 2022, at Schmitz Funeral Home in Donnellson.

Burial will be at Charleston Cemetery in Charleston, Iowa, with a flag presentation by the Donnellson American Legion.

Memorials have been established in his memory for Southeast Iowa Home Health and Hospice, Central Lee FFA or PAW Animal Shelter.

Online condolences may be made to the family at Schmitz Funeral Home of Donnellson is assisting the family with arrangements.

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