Dale Benhart Koski
SILVER CITY — Dale Benhart Koski, 80, of Silver City, passed away from Alzheimer’s related complications on Friday, May 10, 2019 at Bayside Village in L’Anse, with his wife Eileen holding his hand.
Dale was born October 20, 1938, to Eino & Mabel (Nuquist) Koski in Ontonagon. He grew up in White Pine & Silver City. He attended schools in White Pine, Green & Ontonagon.
Dale joined the US Marines in 1957 until 1959. Dale lived in Escanaba from 1971-1984 and in Port Washington, Wisconsin, until 2006 when he moved to the family home in Silver City with his wife, Eileen.
Dale got involved with union work in 1959 until his retirement in 1999. During which time he completed two years at Michigan Tech for Electronics Technician and then to Wayne State University, studying business law, which evolved into being a Business Agent for Local 324 in Michigan from 1971-1984; Business Agent for Local 139 in Wisconsin from 1986-1991; Business Agent Local 150 in Illinois from 1991-1999. His final accomplishment was negotiating the Great Lakes Floating Agreement from Duluth, Minnesota to Massena, New York, including the tributaries of the St Lawrence Seaway.
Since Dale’s 1999 retirement, he traveled to China and with Eileen they traveled to Cuba, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. After purchasing a motor home in 2004 they became snowbirds during the winters until 2016. On one of those trips they got married in Florida on 2-14-14. During the summers they drove the northern routes including the Lake Superior tour and visited many national parks from Glacier NP in Montana to Acadia NP in Maine. During 14 years of traveling, they visited 45 National Parks & Monuments. They also loved NYC spending a week each fall for 11 years.
One of Dale’s rewarding accomplishments in 1984 was saving the deteriorating Arch from the Italian Hall. Since 2009, it has been part of the Keweenaw National Park in Calumet. Dale was also responsible for building the athletic field/running track with volunteer labor and apprenticeship training equipment at the Ontonagon Area High School in Ontonagon.
Dale is a member of Ozaukee Masonic Lodge #0017 in Port Washington; Shriners International & National Sojourners Milwaukee Chapter #27; Escanaba MCL #444; First Marine Division of Greater Milwaukee; American Legion Nonesuch Post 462 White Pine; Elks Lodge #354 Escanaba; Finnish American Society of Milwaukee & Little Finland WI; Ontonagon County Historical Society; Ontonagon County Democrats & a member of St Paul Lutheran Church in Ontonagon.
Dale is survived by his wife, Eileen Holmstrom; daughter, Deanna (Paul) Scofield; granddaughter, Rachel (Brian) Nowicki; grandsons, Trevor Pestka, Josh Colclasure & Jacob Colclasure; great grandchildren, Izaiah Koski and Jaimisen Koski; brother, Gilbert (Diane) Koski; sisters, Sigrid (Philip) Kolehmainen and Kariina (Paul) Kelson; sister-in-law, Diane (Ernest) Koski; a special nephew, Philip (Robin) Kolehmainen; niece, Jill (Jeff) Senkerik & their children; step children, Sue Britz, Ray Dishaw and Eric and Brad Holmstrom; nephews, Aaron Kolehmainen and Adam Guernsey; and niece, Jena Guernsey.
In addition to his parents, Dale was preceded in death by his daughter, Debra Koski; son, Rodney Koski; and brother, Ernest Koski.
Funeral Services will be at St Paul Lutheran Church in Ontonagon on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 1 p.m. with visitation from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be served at Paul’s Supper Club in Silver City following the service.
Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery at a later date with Military Honors.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Cane Funeral Home.
Donations can be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association P.O. Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-6011 or a charity of your choice.