Richard John Kost, 66
March 20, 1948 - June 19, 2014
Richard John Kost, age 66, of St. Cloud passed away at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud on Thursday, June 19, 2014. Visitation will be on Tuesday June 24, 2014 at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in St. Cloud from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. with parish prayers at 4:00 p.m. and continue one hour prior to mass at church on Wednesday. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at St. Augustine's Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Rev. Jeremy Ploof will officiate and burial will be at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls with full military honors.
Richard was born March 20, 1948 to Urban and Lillian (Knese) Kost in St. Cloud. He graduated from Technical High School in 1967. Richard went on to serve his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam era. Richard married Marilyn Barbarossa on June 6, 1981 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in St. Cloud. As a lifelong resident of St. Cloud, Richard worked at Fingerhut and Ground Round Restaurant for many years and was a member at St. Augustine's Catholic Church. Richard was very proud of his military service, always attending the Memorial Day service and other patriotic events. Richard enjoyed attending live music and concerts, especially, the Holly Ball. He also enjoyed spending time at St. Cloud Public Library. Before Richards passing, he and Marilyn celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary, they were constant companions and she was truly the love of his life.
Richard is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Marilyn of St. Cloud; sister, Joyce (John) Anderson of Prior Lake; mother-in-law, Dolores Barbarossa-Krafnick of St. Cloud; sister-in-law, Lana Barbarossa of Minneapolis; brother-in-law, Randy (Diane) Barbarossa of Sartell; aunt and uncle-in-law, Carol Durand of Sartell, Marv (Jan) Neubert of Sauk Rapids, John "Jake" Neubert of St. Cloud; niece, Gina Barbarossa of Sartell; nephew, Jeff (Melanie) Anderson and their children Peter, Heidi and Charles all of San Mateo, CA. He is preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Clemens Kost and father-in-law, Ralph Krafnick.
Richard's family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to all the staff of building 50, 1st floor, of the St. Cloud Veteran's Hospital. Our special "Thank Yous" to Cherl, Ellie and Shiloh for their love and concern.
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Williams Dingmann Funeral Homes
1900 Veterans Drive St. Cloud, MN 56303
Published in the St. Cloud Times on June 22, 2014