Donald Charles Koss, 69, of North Liberty, died suddenly on Friday, July 13, 2018, in his home. Celebration of Life services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Cedar Rapids, located at 2121 Bowling St. SW. Inurnment will be in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at Brosh Chapel.
Donald was born Nov. 21, 1948, in Iowa City, to Edward and Elizabeth (Fuhrmeister) Koss. He graduated from Solon High School in 1967. He married the love of his life, Sheri Jansa, on June 24, 1971, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Solon. They were blessed with a beautiful daughter, Karen. They enjoyed 40 beautiful years together until she preceded him in death. He was the best "papa" to his special granddaughters, Erin and Rachel Taber, who he enjoyed taking fishing and watching their many activities.
He enlisted in the Army Reserve in December 1968 and served in the Army Reserve as a specialist five USAR medical corpsman from June 1970 until November 1974. He worked at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in maintenance for 37 years. He retired in September 2014. He served on various entities with the city of North Liberty, including the cable TV commission, served on the City Council for six years and was a member of the cemetery board for 25 years. He also held different offices in the American Legion in North Liberty.
He was an active outdoorsman. He enjoyed deer hunting every year with his hunting buddies and going turkey hunting. He loved fishing at Lake Macbride and ice fishing with his beloved wife Sheri. He also got a kick out of taking his daughter mushroom hunting. He loved to watch NASCAR and looked forward to going to the Newton Speedway races. He was an Iowa Hawkeye fan and was entertained watching college and professional football and basketball games. He had a good time going to a good tractor pull with his brother-in-law, Mark. He had fun making sauerkraut with his sister, Nancy, and brother-in-law, Mark, brother-in-law Loren, and sister-in-law, Cathy.
Survivors include his loving daughter, Karen, and her husband, Erik Taber; special granddaughters, Erin and Rachel, all of North Liberty; a brother, James Koss (Linda) of Solon; sisters, Nancy (Mark) Heathman of Cedar Rapids and Bonnie Lacina of Solon; brother-in-law, Loren (Cathy) Jansa of Cedar Rapids; and many friends and family. "Beau the beagle" will miss his daily rides in the truck out to Lake Macbride.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sheri; his brother-in-law, Ernie; a niece, Tammy Heathman; a brother-in-law, Ray Lacina; a grandnephew, Dayton Koss; and his best friend, Danny Vanorny.
Don was always friendly to everyone he met and could carry on a conversation with anyone. Don was hardworking, honest and loved to tell a good joke. He will be missed by his family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com.