JOPLIN, Mo. —
Henry H. "Hank" Kost, age 86, of Joplin, Mo., passed away at 6:34 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at Mercy Hospital Joplin.
Henry was born Sept. 29, 1927, in Joplin, and was a lifetime Joplin resident. Henry was a 1945 graduate of the Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Mo. He was a 1954 graduate of Pittsburg State University. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Henry had a 35-year career with Empire District Electric Co., retiring in 1989 as Secretary-Treasurer for the company.
Henry was a lifelong member of the First Community Church of Joplin. He served on the Church Board and sang many years in the Church Choir. He was a member of the Joplin Elk's Lodge No. 501 and a member of the Italian Heritage Society. Henry was a former member of the Joplin Kiwanis Club and a former member of the Centennial Choir in Pittsburg, Kan. Henry's hobbies included working with stained glass, painting, gardening, reading and classical music. He and his wife enjoyed traveling abroad, particularly in Italy.
Henry married Ruth Kelley Jan. 14, 1954 in Joplin, and she survives.
Additional survivors include a son, Gregory Kelley Kost and wife, Cynthia, Jackson, Tenn.; one daughter, Jane Annette Autry and husband, Steve, Houston, Texas; one sister, Marilyn Bowers, Saratoga, Calif.; and three grandchildren, Patricia Jane Kost, Rebecca Elizabeth Autry and Katherine Kelley Autry. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert L. Kost.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First Community Church with Rev. Craig Tally and Rev. Brock Watson officiating. Following the service the family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall. Inurnment will be in the Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are requested to the First Community Church or the Joplin Humane Society in care of the mortuary.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mason-Woodard Mortuary, of Joplin.
Online condolences may be made at www.masonwoodard.com