Joe E. Koski

Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2010

Longtime Soldotna resident, Mr. Joe E. Koski, 86, died Monday, July 12, 2010, at his home in K-Beach with his family by his side.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, July 16, at The Birch Ridge Community Church, 33325 Echo Lake Road in Soldotna. Burial will follow at the Spruce Grove Memorial Park, Mile 3 of K-Beach. A gathering will follow at the church. The VFW Post No. 10046 and the American Legion Post No. 20 will perform military honors. Pastor Brian Wahl will officiate.

Pallbearers will include Charles Southwick, Richard Nierstheimer, Brian, Keary, Catherine and Laura Koski.

Mr. Koski was born March 9, 1924, to Valfred and Audrey (Deniston) Koski in Raymond, Wash. He graduated from Valley High School in Menlo, Wash. He joined the Marine Corps in 1943 and battled in the war of Iwojima and had occupation duty in Japan. He moved to Alaska in 1960 living in Soldotna. He worked for the State of Alaska Department of Highway for 20 years and was a commercial Set Net fisherman in the Cook Inlet for 43 years. In 1980 he retired from the State of Alaska. Joe was a member and an original founding member of the Birch Ridge Community Church in Soldotna. He was a lifetime member of the NRA and member of the Kenai Elks Lodge. He was also a lifetime member of the V.F.W. in Raymond.

"Joe loved both commercial and sports fishing, hunting, collecting rocks, and making hooking rugs. Joe lived for his family and loved them dearly. He cherished his wife Jean of almost 64 years of marriage. His children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were the joy of his life," his family said. "Joe, a lifelong commercial fisherman taught his son Gary and all of his grandchildren the responsibilities and pride of being a set net fisherman. Joe lived a true and honest life of caring and setting examples for all. His faith in the Lord made him bigger than life."

Mr. Koski was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Debra Southwick; brother in-laws, John Miller and Ralph Peeples.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Koski of Soldotna; son, Gary of Soldotna, sisters, Ramona Crawford of Raymond, Washington and Lorraine Peeples of Longview, Washington; grandchildren, Charles and Tania Southwick of Soldotna, Richard Nierstheimer of Spokane, Brian, Keary, Catherine, and Laura Koski of Soldotna; great-grandchildren, Timothy, Ezekiel, Gabriel, and James Southwick all of Soldotna.

Memorial donations may be made to any local American Heart Association or to a Local Veterans Memorial.

Arrangements were made By Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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