Constantine Costas

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DUNLAP - Constantine "Gus" T. Costas, 71, of Dunlap passed away at 3:21 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at his residence.

He was born on May 27, 1939, in St. Louis, Mo., to Theodore and Calliope Paspalas Costas. He married Theodosia "Theo" Manias on April 21, 1963, in Peoria. She survives.

Gus also is survived by four nephews, William Costas, Andrew Costas, Rob (Julie) Jockisch and Brian (Kristin) Jockisch; one niece, Irene Costas; one brother, Andrew (Stella Ann) Costas of Ladue, Mo.; and one sister-in-law, Nanette (Bob) Jockisch of Dunlap, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Philip Costas.

He attended Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and American University in Washington, D.C.

Gus and his wife, Theo, lived in many different cities during their almost 48 years of marriage: St. Louis, Mo., Alexandria and Arlington, Va., North Brunswick, N.J., Indianapolis, Ind., Oak Brook, Ill., and Naperville, Ill., and in the last two and one half years in Dunlap, Ill.

He was involved in the various aspects of the insurance industry for almost 44 years until his retirement in November 2009 from Insurers Administrative Corporation in Phoenix, Ariz., where he served as vice president and consultant in all phases of the business. Earlier in his insurance career, he served as president of the Oak Brook Division of AEGON, USA, Inc.

Many of the most interesting phases of his massive insurance experience were when his professional offices in Washington, D.C., during the Nixon, Carter and Reagan administrations were located across the street from the White House and the Old Executive Office Building. Great moments of history were experienced during those times, some of which were the end of the Vietnam War, Watergate, hostages' return from Iran and the inauguration of three U.S. presidents.

Traveling was a major part of his business life, affording him to have been in every state of the Union. His great love of history, geography and architecture took him to Europe for vacationing.

Gus was a lifelong, avid sports fan, and his favorite teams of all were the St. Louis Cardinals football and baseball teams!

He served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve.

He was a member of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church and American College of Life Underwriters.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 2, 2011, at All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, with Father John Sardis officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the services at the church. Private entombment will be in Resurrection Mausoleum. Wright & Salmon Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or a charity of the donor's choice.

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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Mar. 31, 2011
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