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Clarence Koski, 89

Funeral services were held for Clarence E. Koski, age 89, of Henning, on May 26, 2015 at St. Paulís Lutheran Church with Pastor Kevin Mann officiating. The hymns were sung by the congregation, accompanied by Doreen Salvog. The pallbearers were Matt Koski, Justin Koski, Jacob Koski, Clint Bachmann, Cody Koski, and Tyler Koski. Military Honors were provided by Minnesota Army National Guard Honor Guard of Moorhead, Minn., Charles D. Center V.F.W. Post #3289 of New York Mills, V.F.W. Post 4020 of Perham and Edward Carlson American Legion Post #283 of Deer Creek. Clarence will be laid to rest in St. Paulís Lutheran Cemetery in Henning.
Clarence died May 20, 2015 at the Veterans Home in Fergus Falls, under the care of Lakeland Hospice surrounded by his loving family. He had been at the Veterans Home since April 7, 2015.
Clarence Edwin Koski was born at home on January 1, 1926 in Newton Township, New York Mills. He was baptized on September 5, 1926 at old Trinity Lutheran Church in New York Mills and was confirmed on June 20, 1948 at St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Henning. He was the sixth child of Matt and Maria (Maunumaki) Koski. He spent his youth on the family farm. His mother died in 1934 when he was eight years old so life was difficult for the family. His father died in 1944. His schooling was at District 282 in Newton Township. He worked at various jobs before enlisting in the US Navy on January 8, 1944. After training at Farragut, Idaho he boarded the Mine Sweeper USS YMS 49 in San Diego, Calif. in October 1944 for the Pacific Theater, and later the USS YMS 259. He experienced many dangerous situations while on board the ships during WWII. He was honorably discharged on May 25, 1946 with the rank of Electricians Mate 3rd Class.
He returned to Minnesota and was married to his sweetheart Sylvia Ruby Jordan on August 6, 1946 at St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Henning. To this marriage four children were born: Eileen, Mark, Dale and Kurt. They made their home at various locations in California and Minnesota where Clarence continued his career as a Master Electrician being a member of IBEW Local 292 in Minneapolis since June 1955 and at some times owning his own electrical contracting business. In 1967 they relocated to Henning, building a home on Middle Leaf Lake along with a small store/bait shop and tavern. In 1987 Clarence retired. In 2001 they moved into Henning and in 2013 moved into the Meadowview Apartment. Clarence was involved in many activities over the years. He was a Life Member of the VFW and the National Rifle Association. He was also a member at times of the American Legion, the Finnish-American Society and Finn Creek Museum. Clarence was a member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church since 1967. He built or remodeled many homes always with the craftsmanship he was known for. He enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting, ice fishing, playing cards, reading, travel and golf. Clarence and Ruby traveled extensively. They made many trips to the West coast to visit relatives and spent 17 winters in Gulf Shores, Ala. In 1990 they made a memorable trip to visit relatives in Germany. They also experienced the WDAY Honor Flight to the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC in September 2007. His children learned many valuable life skills from him. He was a loving father with whom they experienced many varied activities.
He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Ruby Koski of Henning; daughter, Eileen (Leroy) Bachmann of Alexandria, Minn., sons: Mark (Jane) of Alexandria, Minn., Dale (Kathy) of Henning and Kurt (Carla) of Fergus Falls; 12 grandchildren: Christine, Michelle, Kimberly, Matthew, Justin, NaCole, Jacob, Clint, Cody, Tyler, Jessica and Jennifer; three step-grandchildren: Michael, Jason and Adam Suess; 24 great grandchildren; one sister, Mayme Vivian Gaspar of Bethel Park, Penn.; one aunt, Mae (Maki) Fraki of Baxter, Minn.; four nephews; one niece; many cousins and a host of friends and neighbors.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Matt and Maria; brothers: Arnold, Melvin and Wilbert; sister, Mildred and her husband Ray Tucker; two infant siblings; and niece, Meredith Tucker Crivelli. Blessed be his memory.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to: St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Henning, the Veterans Home in Fergus Falls or Lakeland Hospice & Health Care in Fergus Falls.
Arrangements are with the Belmont Funeral Home of Henning.
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