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Frank Joseph Kos

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Frank Joseph KOS An Officer and a Gentleman May 17, 1924 ~ July 14, 2011 Frank was born to Frank Kos and Maryianna Kowalska, both whom immigrated from Poland in 1910. They met, married, and lived primarily in the Baltimore, MD area the rest of their lives. Frank was the 5th of 6 children. He was preceded in death by his parents, his five siblings, and his first wife, Doris. He married Doris on November 26, 1949, in Kingman, KS., and was married to her until her death February 10, 1995. He is survived by his second wife Ruth of Pennsylvania, his three children; Sue (Bob) Rutherford of Longview, Mary Kirker of Olympia and Frank Andrew (Patty) of Seattle. He is also survived by four grandsons; Brian and Ross Rutherford, Greg Kirker and Frank Michael Kos, and one great-grandson, Jackson Rutherford. Frank served in WWII in the USMC from April 3, 1944 to April 8, 1948, as a navigator, with the VMB-613 squadron, stationed in the Central Pacific and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant. He was also given an award as the battalion top marksman. After marrying Doris and while attending college as a pre-med student, he was in the Army Reserves (ROTC). He was called to active duty for the Army and commissioned a 2nd lieutenant. Upon completion of his tour of duty in Korea, he was honorably discharged as a 1st lieutenant. He returned to school, switched majors, and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. Once school was complete, he, Doris and their first born Sue, moved from Wichita, Kansas to Seattle in order for Frank to work for the Boeing Airplane Company, where he was employed for 37 years until his retirement. Early in his career at Boeing, he worked second shift for six years in order to also be a full time instructor at Renton Vocational Technical College. Once retired, Frank worked numerous hours as a volunteer; King County Habitat for Humanity, King County 4x4 Rescue Council, Christmas in April,and the Bluebills; a Boeing retiree organization. He also was a precinct chairperson for many years in the 37th congressional district, as well as a board member/volunteer at his Group Health Rainier Clinic. If anyone in his Beacon Hill neighborhood needed help with building projects or repairs, Frank was always there with his many tools and cheerful disposition. He was the "king of composting", and there wasn't anything he wasn't successful at growing in his raised gardens. He had a passion for reading and a thirst to always learn new things. Although while working at Boeing, he wrote his own code, but once retired, he said he still liked to use a slide rule for computations for better brain stimulation. Frank lived a very full and active life until the very end. His family will always remember, when we would call and ask how was he, he'd say: "I'm great, I'm great, I couldn't be better."He had the best outlook on life of anyone we ever knew. We know you are in a better place now Dad, and you will always watch over us. We love you and couldn't have been any prouder to call you our father. Your grandson Greg always said Grandpa Kos was the smartest person he ever knew, we couldn't agree with him more. Semper Fi.
Published in The Seattle Times on July 17, 2011
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