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Robert E. KOST

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Beloved Husband, Father & Grandfather Age 93, of Newport Beach, CA Passed away on Sunday, November 13, 2016. He is survived by wife Patricia, daughter Katherine Meleski, her husband Kevin, and grand-children Mitchell, Luke and Kendall, sons Robert E. Kost Jr and his wife Linda, Kurt Kost and his wife Terri and granddaughter Summer. Robert retired in 1992 from the Catholic Bulletin Newspaper and moved from St. Paul to Newport Beach, CA. He was extremely active in St. Paul, a member of Rotary, St. Paul Chamber of Commerce, Police Dept. Reserves, Nativity Church, commissioner on the St. Paul Civic Center, and Public Relations Council for the St. Paul Authority. One of his notable accomplishments was Chairman of the "Foster parent" program at the St. Paul Como Zoo , which increased the survival rate of wild animal cubs born in captivity by pairing them with families to raise in their homes until they could survive independently in other zoo environments. Robert and his family raised some two dozen lion, tiger, leopard and jaguar cubs in their home. Robert was a WWII Veteran having served three years flying with the 5th Air Force in the South Pacific. He was a great supporter of the military, serving a total of 35 years in uniform, in the MN National Guard, Army Air Force, Civil Air Patrol and the Air Force Reserve. He held every rank from private to Lt. Colonel. He was also an avid golfer, skier and enjoyed hosting Taco parties with his wife while in St. Paul!
Published in Pioneer Press on Nov. 20, 2016
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