Joy "J R" Kosta
June 23, 1925 - November 23, 2013
J R Kosta passed away November 23, 2013, at the age of 88, after a courageous battle with cancer.
J R was born June 23, 1925, in Howells, Nebraska to J. Reinhold Kosta and Dora Bossong Kosta. At ten years old he moved to the western slope. J R served in the Coast Guard during WWII
which included tours in the Pacific. In 1947, J R enrolled at Mesa Junior College. He went to work as a draftsman for the Atomic Energy Commission, Shell Oil, and Rust Geotech.
J R met his wife, Mary Ann Smith, in 1949, and they married in 1952, in Casper, Wyoming. While working for Shell, J R and Mary Ann also lived in Salt Lake City, Utah, Bakersfield, California, Denver, Colorado, and Houston, Texas. He retired from Shell Oil in 1979, and settled in Grand Junction. He retired from Rust Geotech in 1997. J R enjoyed playing golf, gardening, and was devoted to his family.
J R is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Ann; daughter, Susan, and son-in-law, Ross Palmer, all from Grand Junction. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
J R was preceded in death by his sisters, Helen Gordier, Laura Craven, and Ruthie Doane, and brothers, Frank, and Frederick.
J R was a loving husband and father. He will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 6 at Callahan-Edfast, 2515 Patterson Rd., Grand Junction.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to HopeWest Hospice Care at 3090B N 12th St., Grand Junction 81506.