HOUGHTON - Douglas J. Koski, 84, of Houghton, passed away Tuesday morning, Aug. 8, 2012, at Portage Health after a long illness.
He was born April 7, 1928, in Hurontown, the son of Urho and Helmi (Maijala) Koski. He graduated from Houghton High School with the Class of 1945 where he excelled in all sports.
Mr. Koski was a veteran of WW II, serving in the US Army, receiving the WW II Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal, Japan.
He then enrolled in Tech and played as a forward for the Hockey Huskies, lettering all four years. Doug graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management. He was a member of Kappa Delta Psi Fraternity. Doug also played hockey with the Bukovich brothers on the Portage Lake team.
He married Margaret Jane Sones on September 11, 1955, in Canton, Miss.
Mr. Koski worked for the International Paper Company in Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas as a Forest Manager, retiring in 1983 when they moved back to Houghton.
Douglas was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock.
Preceding him in death were his parents; and a brother-in-law, Robert Bunney.
Surviving are his wife, Margaret Jane Koski of Houghton; two sons, Douglas John (Ellyn) Koski, Jr. of Springfield, Va. and Richard Urho (Kathy) Koski of Houghton; two daughters, Karen Jane (Stephen) Korenkiewicz of Lake Zurich, Ill., and Barbara Ann (Chris) Hart of Salt Lake City, Utah; a sister, Joanne Bunney of Dryden, Ontario, Canada; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial services for Douglas will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, in the Plowe Funeral Home in Houghton with Rev. D.J. Rasner, pastor of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock to officiate.
Friends may call on Monday from noon until time of services in the funeral home. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery where the Copper Country Veterans Organization will conduct military graveside services.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Copper Country DAV Transport Van in his memory.
To view Doug's obituary to to send condolences to the family, please visit plowefuneralhome.net.
The Plowe Funeral Home in Houghton is assisting the family with arrangements.