Jerry Lynn Koski, a beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away on January 20, 2024, at the age of 75 in Amarillo, Texas. He leaves behind a legacy and an enduring passion for cars.
Jerry was born on April 8, 1948, in Des Moines, Iowa. From a young age, he displayed an innate curiosity and mechanical aptitude that would shape his future endeavors. After completing his education, Jerry joined the United States Army, then later embarked on a successful career at Panhandle Eastern Pipeline, which later became Anadarko Petroleum, where he dedicated many years of hard work before retiring.
However, it was Jerry's unwavering love for classic cars that truly defined him. His eyes sparkled with excitement whenever he talked about his cherished hotrods and all things automotive. Whether meticulously restoring a vintage beauty to its former glory or joyfully cruising down the open road, Jerry found solace and happiness in the world of automobiles. Jerry also enjoyed fishing, hunting, and being outdoors.
Jerry's love extended far beyond his hobbies; it permeated every aspect of his life. He poured his heart into being an incredible husband to Paula Koski and a devoted father to his children: three sons, Jared Koski of Rolla, KS., Jason (Edith) Hager of League City, TX., and James (Candice) Thye of Kingsbury, TX.; and two daughters, Carrie Sipes and Candace Koski of Rolla, KS. Jerry's memory will live on through his twelve grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and one great-grandchild on the way. Their faces lit up Jerry's world, and he took immense pride in watching them grow. He also leaves behind two brothers, Steven (Maria) Koski and Chuck Lee; three sisters, Chris (Jerry) Colburn, Deborah Heinrich, and Gloria (John) Schwager; two aunts, Gracie Doolittle, and Nancy Grafton; as well as numerous other family members and friends who were touched by his genuine kindness and humor.
Jerry was preceded in death by his loving parents, father Clarence Leroy Koski, mother Helen Margaret Grafton Koski, brother Allen Koski, and brother-in-law Glenn Heinrich.
Throughout Jerry's life journey, he proudly served his country in the United States Army infantry during the Vietnam War. His military service exemplified his selfless dedication and deep love for his country. Jerry wore his uniform with honor, and the sacrifices he made will never be forgotten. Jerry was a Sergeant E5, carried an M2 50 caliber machine gun at times, and received two purple hearts during his time in the service.
The friends and relatives who had the privilege of knowing Jerry will forever remember his infectious smile, humor, and warm presence. He cherished the relationships he built over the years, always finding time to lend a listening ear or offer a helping hand.
A memorial has been established for Elkhart Church of the Nazarene, Morton County EMS, or Loving Paws Dog Rescue. Memorials may be mailed to Robson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 606, Elkhart, Kansas 67950.
To celebrate Jerry's remarkable life, viewing services will be held on Wednesday, January 24th, 2024, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday, January 25, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with family visitation from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Robson Funeral Home, Elkhart, KS.
The funeral service will take place on Friday, January 26, 2024, at 2 p.m. at Elkhart Church of the Nazarene, where friends and family will gather to say their final goodbyes. Burial to follow at Elkhart Cemetery.
Jerry Lynn Koski lived a life filled with love, laughter, and an unwavering passion for classic cars. As we bid him farewell, let us remember him not with tears of sorrow but with smiles that reflect the joy he brought into our lives. May his spirit continue to shine brightly in our hearts as we carry forward his legacy of love and appreciation for all things.