Commander Leslie J. Koski, USNR
A funeral service, celebrating the life of Commander Leslie J. Koski, USNR, of Lieb’s Island, was held September 24, 2012, in the Grace Lutheran Church, Thornville, with Pastor Beth Bateson as celebrant. Burial with full military honors followed at Millersport Cemetery.
Leslie died September 19, 2012, in Lancaster, following an extended illness. He was born April 17, 1924, in Eveleth, MN, the son of the late Eli and Selma Kinunen Koski. Following his early education at Gilbert High School and Eveleth Junior College, he received a bachelor of science degree in science education from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.
He entered the US Navy, and served honorably as a Navy Pilot, as a member of a VP8-12 squadron during both WWII and Korea, retiring with the rank of Commander. He was stationed at Kodiak, Alaska; Whidbey Island, Washington; San Diego, California and Pensacola, Florida. Following retirement from active duty, he served in the Navy Reserves for many years and worked for 30 years as a technical writer with Rockwell International in Columbus, retiring in 1985. He is a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Thornville; and a former member of the Millersport Lions club.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert C. Koski.
He is survived by his loving family: his wife (of 64 years) Bernice; son, Randolph S. (Katie) Koski of Moscow, OH; daughters, Kristine Koski Kain (Donald) of Knoxville, IA; Carol Koski Hafer (Donald) of St. Joseph, MI; grandchildren, Christopher, Leslie, and Jonathan Koski, Eydie Koski, Ben (Kelly) Phelps, Timothy Hafer (Rhianna Schneider), and Cory (Jocelyn) Hafer; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
An on-line guest register and video tribute are available at www.hoskinsonfuneral.com > .
The family prefers memorials be directed to Grace Lutheran Church, 65 E Columbus St., PO Box 284, Thornville, OH 43076.