Robert J. Hoste, 93, a long-time resident of Colona, died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at WoodRidge Supportive Living Residence, in Geneseo, where he was currently residing. A funeral mass was at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, in Colona. The Rev. Peter Zorjan and the Rev. Duane Jack officiated. Entombment followed at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, in East Moline, where military honors were accorded by the Moline American Legion. A visitation was from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo, where a rosary was prayed at 3:45 p.m. Memorials may be directed to St. Patrick Catholic Church or to the Honor Flight.

Robert J. Hoste, 93, a long-time resident of Colona, died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at WoodRidge Supportive Living Residence, in Geneseo, where he was currently residing. A funeral mass was at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, in Colona. The Rev. Peter Zorjan and the Rev. Duane Jack officiated. Entombment followed at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, in East Moline, where military honors were accorded by the Moline American Legion. A visitation was from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo, where a rosary was prayed at 3:45 p.m. Memorials may be directed to St. Patrick Catholic Church or to the Honor Flight.

Robert was born Jan. 9, 1925, in East Moline, the son of Joseph and Alina (David) Hoste. He married Alice M. Smelkowski on Nov. 27, 1948, in Colona. She preceded him in death in 2005. Robert is a veteran of the United States Navy, proudly serving his country in World War II. He worked for International Harvester Works, in East moline, where he was a very skilled welder for 34 years. Robert retired in 1981. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, where he was involved in the Holy Name Society. Robert also was a member of UAW Local 1304. He loved working in his garage and was a very talented and intelligent man who could build or fix anything! Robert also enjoyed farming part-time.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter, Roberta (Steven) Smith, of Geneseo; sons, Lester (Cindy) Hoste, of Geneseo; Andrew (Kathy) Hoste, of Moline; Martin (Martha) Hoste, of Alpha; and Aaron (Elaine) Hoste, of Colona; 15 grandchildren; and 23-great-grandchildren. Robert also is survived by his brother, Albert (Margaret) Hoste, of Linn, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Alina; his wife, Alice; son, Victor Hoste in 2016; great-great-granddaughter, Bella; three brothers, Albert, Morris and Maurice Hoste; and his sister Irene Schneider.