Christopher "Kip" Koss (1935 - 2013)

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Christopher "Kip" Koss

Key Biscayne

Christopher "Kip" Darling Koss was born June 25, 1935 to Richard and Mary Koss of Des Moines, IA. He studied at Philips Exeter Academy, and received his Economics degree from Stanford University where he was active in ATO and graduated from the AFROTC before joining the Air Force. The biggest decision of his life was to pursue a flying career rather than lead the family owned Koss Construction Company. He enjoyed 27 years with Pan American Airlines, and spent his retirement preserving the legacy of his grandfather, artist, conservationist, and political cartoonist Jay N. "Ding" Darling.

Kip was preceded in death by his adored parents, grandparents, and daughter, Catherine, whom he credits with teaching him courage and grace through her difficult battle with cancer. He will be missed by his wife Andrea, his partner, caregiver, best friend and true love, her three children Eduardo (Marcella) Holguin Jimmy (Alejandra) Holguin, Camila (Pete) Zuccarini as well as his two daughters, Jennifer (Jonathan) Graham, and Christy (Hal) Steinbeigle.

Fortunate to have travelled the world, Kip found solace in homes where he sought beauty, friendships, and traditions. His hometown of Des Moines gave him his midwestern values and sense of family history. 'Tween Waters Inn on Captiva Island was a vacation spot for five generations and is where Kip spent months at the side of his famous grandfather soaking up his wisdom, humor, and love for the natural world. He raised his family in Lake Tahoe, and spent the last twenty years in Key Biscayne.

Published in Des Moines Register on Nov. 10, 2013
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