Oscar Henry Koski

02/24/1924 — 06/05/2007

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Ishpeming, Michigan

Oscar Henry Koski

Oscar Henry Koski, age 83, of Richland, WA, died peacefully at his home on June 5, 2007. Oscar was born on February 24, 1924, one of 12 children to immigrant Finnish parents. Following service in World War II where Oscar received the Silver Star and flew 54 combat missions as the navigator on a B-17 ''Flying Fortress'' he claimed God was his co-navigator, he obtained his Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. Oscar then obtained his Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from Montana State College in Bozeman, MT. Upon completing his education, Oscar worked for General Electric and Battelle Northwest until his retirement in 1987.

Oscar is survived by his wife of 48 years, Eileen; four children: Elizabeth Bombino and husband Joseph of Richland, WA, Carolyne Bastian of Elko, NV, Henry Koski and wife Kathy of Richland, WA, and Leslie Koski of Lynwood, WA; six grandchildren: Elysha Pleasant of Kennewick, WA, Hershal Pleasant and wife Michelle of Augusta, GA, Miranda Custer and husband Michael of Cheney, WA, Jessica Bombino of Cheney, WA, and Ruben and Eileen Koski of Richland WA; three great grandchildren: Hayden and Ellie Pleasant of Kennewick, WA; and Edward Pleasant of Augusta, GA; sister Edna Mae Oja and brother Reuben Koski of Ishpeming, MI, and numerous nieces and nephews. Oscar was preceded in death by his parents and nine of his siblings.

Oscar loved the outdoors and walked faithfully every day, always with a pocket full of treats for his numerous canine friends. Oscar was proud of his Finnish heritage and showed his ''Sisu'' to the end.

A memorial service will be held June 8, 2007 at 3:30 p.m. at Richland Lutheran Church, 901 Van Giesen, Richland, WA. Those wishing to honor his memory may contribute to the Tri-Cities Chaplaincy, 2108 W. Entiat Ave., Kennewick WA, 99336.

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  • The world has lost one of its truly great men. We are going to dearly miss him.

    Hershal, Michelle and Edward Pleasant
    November 4, 2014
    Augusta, GA, US
  • I sure will miss this wonderful man, my dear uncle Oscar. He was an extraordinary person.

    Dan Oja
    November 4, 2014
    St., Thomas, VI, US
  • I was saddend to hear of the passing of my great-uncle. Although, I was only able to see him when he came back to Ishpeming, I will always remember him as the very intelligent and kind man who always made my grandpa his brother Carl smile. I send my deepest sympathies and respect to my family in Washington.

    Jacqueline Morissette
    November 4, 2014
    Ishpeming, MI, US
  • I will miss Oscar walking his dog past my house daily. He always stopped to visit with my dog Max each time he passed. He had a kind heart and will be missed. My prayers go out to all the family.

    Melissa and girls

    Melissa
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I never met Oscar but I know what a great dad he was by knowing his daughter Leslie and hearing her talk of him. My prayers to his family and dear friends.

    Sandy Cooper
    November 4, 2014
    Lake, Stevens, WA, US
  • We all will miss our beloved Uncle, his spirit and wonderful sense of humor will always be remembered..God Bless his family at this hard time.

    Judith Johnson
    November 4, 2014
    San, Antonio, TX, US
  • Eileen and Family,

    We pray for God’s presence and strength in your life at this time of parting. I met Oscar more than 50 yars ago and have enjoyed his friendship ever since. Oscar was very pleasant as well as being very capable.

    With sincerest sympathy,

    Sally and Warner Blyckert

    Warner Blyckert
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Dear Leslie,

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of your loss.

    With sincerest sympathy,

    Dave Lent

    David Lent
    November 4, 2014
    Epsom, NH, US
  • Unfortunately I never knew him but I know his wonderful daughter. My prayers go out to the entire family in this difficult time.

    Bob Clemence
    November 4, 2014
    Snohomish, WA, US