Age 97, peacefully left this earth for heaven on May 24, 2016. He was born March 17, 1919, in Lansing, to Omry and Daisy Kosht. Richard graduated from Lansing Central High School and served in the U.S. Army in New Guinea and Australia during WWII. At age 18, he began working at Auto Owners Insurance Company in the mail room, retiring 49 years later as an underwriting manager. Since he enjoyed working, he continued his employment at the David Chapman Agency, where he worked until his death. Richard was a lifelong member of South Church, where he had served as a trustee. He loved being up north, especially at his cottage, where he enjoyed boating and sailing.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Kosht and by his parents. Surviving are: daughter, Heather (Larry) Esch; son, Donald Kosht; grandsons, Ryan Esch, Tyler Esch and Jacob Kosht.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2016, at South Church, 5250 Cornerstone Drive in Lansing. His family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, and at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lansing City Rescue Mission or to South Church Missions Fund.