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Obituary: Donald L. Kosten, Indianapolis

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Donald L. Kosten

Donald L. Kosten, 71, beloved husband of Janice, devoted and loving father to Kelly Holtz (Mike) and Chris Kosten (Jamie), and fun-loving grandpa to Mackenzie, Michael, Alexandra, Samantha (Holtz), and Lola (Kosten), passed into eternity on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.

Don’s life was started with very loving parents, Walt and Marge, in Collinsville, Illlinois, mentoring older brother, Harold, and five sets of aunts and uncles and eight cousins who were more like brothers and sisters.

Reared in God’s house, Holy Cross (church and school) and graduated from Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, Don was employed by Laclede Gas Co., where he met and married Janice (43 years ago).

In 1973, Don joined his brother in Cincinnati, where they expanded to not only selling but warehousing Baldor Electric Motors. In 1983, Don became district manager for Baldor Electric Co. in Indiana and half of Kentucky. Don sat on the boards of the Premier Capital Corp. (20 years) and the Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA) (17 years). In 1997, Don sold his Rep Business, and then his life really began.

A fabulous storyteller, Don loved building things: relationships, buildings, hotels (Dora Hospitality), restaurants (Chester Calloway’s), the murphy bed that founded The

Bedderway Co., and wood “art” (University of Indianapolis gallery showing in May 2014). He was given the gift of seeing things and worked very hard to put things together because of this gift.

When melanoma was diagnosed in 2009 and took hold in 2012, Don challenged himself to keep busy utilizing every moment to take advantage of and appreciate what God had given him. He couldn’t do anything about what was going to happen to him, so he kept busy and continued to accomplish amazing things.

He was an ordinary man who lived an extraordinary life.

We praise God for him and will miss him dearly until we are reunited.

We ask that donations to the IU Simon Cancer Center for Dr. Theodore Logan’s Melanoma Research be considered. Payable to IU Foundation, mailed to IUF, P.O. Box 7072, Indianapolis, IN 46207-7072. Or, donations online at www.cancer.iu.edu/giving.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Hope Church, 5307 W. Fairview Road, Greenwood. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the church. Burial will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Glenns Valley, Greenwood.

Arrangements were entrusted to G.H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home at the Gardens of Olive Branch.

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