Oral C. Kost, 82, of Lewistown and Sheldon Grove, Ill., died Thursday (June 30, 2011) at the Mason District Hospital Emergency Room in Havana.
He was born May 24, 1929, in Rushville, the son of Troy and Eva (Curless) Kost.
After graduating from Monmouth College in 1950, Oral received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Illinois in 1953. He had the privilege of practicing law for over 58 years. He held the offices of Fulton Co. Public Defender, Fulton Co. State’s Attorney, and State of Illinois Assistant Attorney General. He was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association, and National District Attorneys Association.
He was the Fulton Co. Republican Party Chairman for many years and was a 32nd Degree Mason. He served as a reservist in the US Army from 1953 through 1956. He was very proud of his family and loved the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Shirley (Briney) Kost; five Children, Karl (Pam) Kost, Keith (Beth) Kost, Karen (Chris) Baker, Kelly (Holly) Kost, and Kim Kost; size stepsons, Mike (Rochelle) Briney, Marty (Joanie) Briney, Mark (Jenny) Briney, Matt (Rhonda) Briney, Milt (Ginger) Briney, and Melvin (Jennifer) Briney; 28 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife of 25 years, Edna Mae (Wilner) Kost, and his parents.
He will be fondly remembered as a gentleman, a man of great integrity and loyalty.
Calling hours for Oral will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. A private family service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Monmouth College, Monmouth, Ill., or the Astoria Christian Church, Astoria.
Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria is in charge of the arrangements