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David Henry KOST David Henry Kost, beloved husband, father, grand/great grandfather, died peacefully at home in his sleep Sept 12th. Born David Kostonovich, in Slutsk, Russia, he immigrated to the US at 9 yrs old. Six months after marrying Ida Rosenbaum, he entered the US Army, serving as captain in the medical corps from 1942-46, after which he resided in Detroit. There he raised his family and was an excellent, dedicated dentist for 45 years, before retiring with his wife, Ida, to Deerfield Beach, Florida. They had 29 wonderful years there as valuable members of their community of Century Village. They relocated to Seattle in 2006, to be near their daughter and granddaughter. David's loves, after family, included travel, culture, current events, philosophy, history, opera. While not religious, he always honored his Jewish cultural heritage, and as a "mentch" committed to the values of progressive politics, peace and justice. Above all, David was an honest man of integrity. 'The most important thing,' he said, 'is to be considerate of EVERYONE.' Late in life, his seriousness turned more to playfulness. He loved to make others laugh. He always expressed appreciation for even the smallest efforts of others, and complimented people at every opportunity. He was known, by friends and family, to be among the sweetest and kindest of men. He was preceded in death by his daughter Eleanor, and is survived by Ida, his wife of 68 years, his daughter D'vorah, granddaughter Shira and her husband Matthew Brewer, and his great grandson, Rafael Kost Brewer. One valuable legacy was his modeling how to approach death: with joy, grace, acceptance of every moment, and gratitude for what he cherished- his family and friends. 'I'm ready for..ANYTHING,' he declared, knowing that his end was near.
Published in The Seattle Times on Nov. 11, 2010
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