STRATFORD – Francis Eugene “Hosey” Hoshaw, 84, of Stratford and the Stratford Nursing and Rehab Center in Stratford, Iowa left this earth Friday morning, April 5, 2013 to reunite with the love of his life, Sharon, who left him just six short months ago.

Following Hosey’s wishes, his body has been cremated.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday morning, April 13th at 10:30 a.m. at the Calvary United Methodist Church in Stratford with Rev. Gina Sponheimer officiating.

Friends may call at the Calvary United Methodist Church in Stratford on Friday evening, April 12th from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with the family present during that time to greet friends.

Interment with military honors conducted by the Boone Veterans Council will be in the Oakwood Cemetery north of Stratford. A luncheon will follow at the Church after the interment.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to express their sympathies through a memorial may direct their gift to the family at P.O. Box 288, Stratford, Iowa 50249.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Stark-Welin Funeral Directors in Stratford, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.