Independence – Jerry D. “Hoskie” Hoskins, 66 years old, of Independence, Iowa, died on Thursday, May 28, 2020, at his home in Independence. He was born on February 20, 1954, in Independence, the son of Vincen Lon and Opal May (Bender) Hoskins. He graduated from high school in Independence with the Class of 1972. On April 9, 1987, he and the former Vonnie Rae Byers were married in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Mr. Hoskins was a self-employed arborist who owned and operated Aerial Services by Hoskie. Hoskie was best known for his never ending supply of jokes and pranks as well as always finding the positive in every situation. He loved roller skating, dancing, and throwing epic Halloween parties. Combining his love of old cars and helping others, he was a member and President of the Cruisemeisters car club and with them raised money for the Make A Wish Foundation.
Mr. Hoskins is survived by his wife, Vonnie, 5 daughters, Wendy (Mike) Frost of LaPorte City, Iowa, Dessa (Jamie) Randall of Independence, Shellia (Lynn) Price of Troy Mills, Iowa, Kaylyn Hoskins of Solon, Iowa, and Shauna (Adam) Williams of Winthrop, Iowa, 2 sons, Josh Hoskins and Jeremiah Hoskins, both of Independence, 14 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. He is also survived by 3 brothers, Calvin (Elaine) Hoskins, and Bob Hoskins, both of Independence, and Harold (Janett) Hoskins of Newton, Iowa, and 2 sisters, Leila Gaffney of Independence and Lynda (Frank) Baker of Davenport, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 brothers, Lloyd Hoskins, Leroy Hoskins, and Dennis Hoskins.
Private funeral services will be held at the White Funeral Home in Independence on Monday, June 8, 2020. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 7th, at the funeral home. Face masks and social distancing will be encouraged. Burial will be at a later date in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence. On line condolences may be left at www.White-MtHope.com. White Funeral Home of Independence is in charge of arrangements.