Richard O. Kosht

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.

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Teri Huhn
May 25, 2016 at 3:02 pm

I had the privilege of working with Dick for 10 years. Each day I looked forward to him bringing the Auto Owners mail, having a seat on my desk, and little chat. And often a little snack.

He was a great story teller. Stories about past events, kids, grandkids, the cottage… So full of life, right till the end.

He will be greatly missed.

Melissa Pearson
May 25, 2016 at 6:28 pm

You and your family are in my prayers.

Carol Batton
May 25, 2016 at 8:28 pm

Although I did not have the pleasure of meeting Mr. Kosht, I have worked with and been friends with his daughter Heather for many years. Seeing what a kind and wonderful daughter he and Mrs. Kosht have tells me what a special person he was. May God welcome you home Sir.

Don Dewey
May 25, 2016 at 8:45 pm

Dick was a great guy. His sense of humor was wonderful. He was a rock for the 18 years we were in Lansing. He will be missed!

John & Renee Patterson
May 25, 2016 at 10:13 pm

Don & Heather,
Enjoyed visiting with your Dad and also time with him at Elk Rapids. Sorry for your loss, life well lived.

Rick Mills
May 26, 2016 at 3:15 pm

I’ve known your father since we grew up as kids. He was always kind, considerate, responsible and thoughtful…he and your mom made the world a better place for their being here. Sorry for your loss


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