Dennis Virgil Koss
Dennis Virgil Koss, 71, a retired Cargill maintenance supervisor and avid fisherman, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, at Methodist Hospital in Peoria, Ill., after a battle with COVID-19.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Liz Koss Mackinaw, Ill.; his children, Julie Koss Bye (Kyle) Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Kara Koss Kruger (Ryan) Atkins, Iowa; his stepchildren, Susan Martin (Kurt) Dundee, Iowa, Amy Stark (Tim) Elmhurst, Ill., and Brian Riniker (Laura) Denver, Colo.; his grandchildren, Colton, Cycle, Cameran, Nolan and Sophie; stepgrandchildren, Madison, Ally, Peyton, Kody, Brady and Cameron; and his brothers, Dwayne Koss and Greg Koss.
Den had a lifelong love of fishing and enjoyed spending his weekends in the Ozarks with his best friend and loyal companion, Zoey, and sometimes he even let Liz tag along. Den was an Iowa Hawkeyes and Kansas City Chiefs fanatic, who could be found on game day in his fish room decked out in his chiefs hat, sweatshirts and slippers.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Den's name to St. Judes Children's Hospital at www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html; or the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.
A private family service to honor Dennis is planned for a later date.
Our family is devastated not only by the loss of Dennis, but also by the unnecessary loss of life of hundreds of thousands of Americans across our country who are dying alone, without family around them. We ask that you honor Den's memory by wearing a mask in public.