VeteranOral Kost

Oral KostOral C. Kost, 82, of Lewistown and Sheldons Grove died June 30, 2011, at Mason District Hospital Emergency Room in Havana.

He was born May 24, 1929, in Rushville, the son of Troy and Eva Curless Kost.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley Briney Kost; five children, Karl (and Pam) Kost, Keith (and Beth) Kost, Karen (and Chris) Baker, Kelly (and Holly) Kost and Kim Kost; six stepsons, Mike (and Rochelle) Briney, Marty (and Joanie) Briney, Mark (and Jenny) Briney, Matt (and Rhonda) Briney, Milt (and Ginger) Briney and Melvin (and Jennifer) Briney; 28 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Edna Mae Wilner Kost.

He served as a reservist in the U.S. Army from 1953 through 1956.

After graduating from Monmouth College in 1950, he received his doctor of jurisprudence from University of Illinois in 1953. He had the privilege of practicing law for over 58 years. He held the offices of Fulton County Public Defender, Fulton County State's Attorney and State of Illinois Assistant Attorney General.

He was a member of Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association and National District Attorneys Association. He was the Fulton County Republican Party Chairman for many years and was a 32nd Degree Mason.

Private services will be held at a later date. Calling hours will be held from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria.

Memorials may be made to Monmouth College or Astoria Christian Church.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 7/6/2011