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Joseph Koss dies at age 85

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Joseph Gabriel Koss, 85, of Lacey, Washington, passed away January 18, 2012.

Joseph was born March 25, 1926 in Westville, Illinois to John and Rose (Puskac) Koss.

He married Florence Oziemkiewicz on December 30, 1950.

Joseph is survived by his wife of 61 years, Florence; two children, Debbie Koss-Warner (Steve Warner) of Shelton, Washington; Andrea Thigpen (Gordon) of Carlisle, Pennsylvania; and brother John Koss of Danville, Illinois; and two grandchildren, Gordie and Libby Thigpen.

Joseph was a long-time resident of Chesterton and Porter County and former Chesterton High School teacher. He attended The Art Institute of Chicago, where he received his Bachelor of Art Education Degree, and Indiana University, where he received his Masterís Degree. Joseph fought with the 5th Marine Division on Iwo Jima. Joseph taught Art for 41 years and was the Head of the Art Department at Portage High School in Portage, Indiana. Joseph was a member of the Duneland Leathernecks, Duneland Woodcarvers, and the Duneland Rock Club. He enjoyed growing gourds, birding and hunting for fossils, rocks and arrowheads.

Burial is at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, Washington. To leave a message or condolences for the family, please visit



Posted 2/14/2012