Jerome G. “Koos” Koosmann, age 73 of Glenwood City, passed away June 17, 2016 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
Jerome was born July 9, 1942 in Glenwood City to Gerhard and Esther (Winberg) Koosmann. He attended Glenwood City High School, the Class of 1960. Jerome proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was united in marriage on January 27, 1978 to Nancy Frieburg. Although their marriage later dissolved, their lives were blessed with four children: Ellen, Rebecca, Richard and William. Koos installed and repaired farm equipment at Frieburg Farm Equipment in Glenwood City and Boyceville from 1973 to 2010.
Koos was a true outdoorsman, who appreciated the beauty and peacefulness of fishing, hunting, and tending to his garden. He had a gracious heart, and was always willing to help others, especially his children. He enjoyed his time tinkering and fixing things around the house. Koos was an active member of the Glenwood City American Legion Curry Ainsworth Post 168. Most recently taking on the task of gun restoration and helping with the Memorial Wall Fund for the Legion, to which he took great pride in. In his earlier years, he served on the Glenwood City Fire Department, Ambulance Service, the Police Department, as well as the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department. Jerome also served as the St. Croix County Medical Examiner from 1975 – 1990. Most important to Koos was his family. He was most proud of his children and grandchildren.
Koos will remain in the hearts of his daughters, Ellen Koosmann and Becca (Kevin) Soltis; sons, Richard and Bill Koosmann; grandsons, Damian, Aiden and Evan; siblings: Gerhard “Skip” (Susan) Koosmann, Karen DeSmith, Polly (Larry) Lambertson, Steve (Kate) Koosmann, Mary (Carly) Lokken and Mart Schmidt. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. Jerome is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, William Koosmann.
A Gathering of Family and Friends will take place from 5:00 – 7:00 PM Friday, June 24th at O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton St., Baldwin, and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at church. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, June 25th at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2980 210th Ave., Forest Township. Private interment will take place at the Northern Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner. In memory of Jerome, memorials are preferred to the Curry Ainsworth Memorial Wall Fund or to Jerome’s family.
Funeral services are entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin (715) 684-3434. www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com