Donald "Dutch" Kosek
February 2, 1925 – February 7, 2020
Donald "Dutch" Albert Kosek, WWII veteran (USMC), Post WWII (USNR) and Korean War (Air Force) passed away peacefully 2/7/2020, 5 days after his 95th birthday, in Buffalo, MN. He is preceded in death by his sons William Kosek (Army) and Robert Kosek, parents Paul and Isabelle, & sisters Evelyn, Dorothy and Cleo. Survived by children Robin (Richard ) McGrath, Debi (Ari) DeRaad, Kim Renstrom, Christopher (Renee) Kosek, and Donald (Sarah Monahan) Kosek, stepsons Randy (Nadine) Fitzsimons and Jerome (Jan) Fitzsimons, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A Memorial Gathering will be held Monday, March 2, 2020, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at Wulff Funeral Home, 1485 White Bear Ave, St. Paul, MN.
Dutch served in the Marine Corps, B-2 Tanks, (1943-1946), WWII, with campaigns in Saipan, Marianas Islands, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, and Occupation forces of Mainland Japan. Joined the US Navy Reserves, AA- Airman Apprentice (1947-1949) and was later recalled to service with the US Air Force, Compositor (MOS 71250), (1951-1952). He had nearly 8 years and 2 months of military service. After leaving the military, he spent most of his life working as a Linotype Operator with West Publishing and the Pioneer Press/Dispatch, St. Paul MN.
Dutch was well known in the waterskiing community for the “Dare” placed before him in 1960 to waterski on New Years Day. He and a friend took the dare and a tradition was born to annually bring in the New Year by waterskiing on the Mississippi below the Ford Motor Company Dam. Eventually they were joined by other friends from the Bald Eagle Waterski Club, of which he was a member for many years. He did clown routines in the BEWC shows all across Minnesota and Canada, and competed in water ski events into his 80’s. Dutch is loved and will be missed by many whose lives he has touched throughout his life.
Gathering of Family and Friends
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wulff Funeral Home
1485 White Bear Avenue
Donald "Dutch" Kosek
February 18, 2020
I am sending my prayers and thoughts out to the family and friends of " Uncle Don." Most of my memories of him are having holiday celebrations at G'ma Evie's and G'pa Roman's house in New Ulm. Uncle Don was always smiling and sharing stories and having fun. I never had the chance to watch him do this, but I knew he was the brave man who started winter water skiing here in Mn. He was full of energy and spunk. Uncle Don, you and your incredible spirit will be greatly missed. We can all take comfort in knowing that you are in "good hands" and probably sitting around the dinner table with the same family we used to but who left us before you did. Blessings to all.
February 12, 2020
Awhole generation has left us. Don was my Uncle in-law, married to my Mothers Sister. He was a very athletic guy always ready to teach you anything that had to do with his love of life. He will be missed. So many family members have left us. Rest in Peace Uncle Don.😘