James Kosec Obituary

James A.  Kosec
James Kosec
James A. Kosec

September 2, 1928 - November 5, 2010
Born in Red Wing, MN
Resided in Pleasant Hill, IA
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James A. "Jim" Kosec , 82, of Pleasant Hill died Friday, November 5, 2010 at Iowa Health Hospice Taylor House. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church followed by cremation.

Jim was born in Red Wing, MN on September 2, 1928 to Arnold and Ernestine (Rehder) Kosec. He was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War, a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus (3rd and 4th degree.)

Jim worked as an Executive Chef. He developed his skills working in a variety of restaurants, clubs and hotels around the country including 15 years in Denver, CO and concluding with retirement in 1993 after 10 years as Executive Chef for L. J. Minor Corporation (now Nestle) in Strongsville, OH.

Jim believed in encouraging quality culinary work through culinary arts education. Among his many involvements he was a charter member of the Rocky Mountain Chef's Association and a member of the American Culinary Federation, the American Academy of Chefs, the Order of the Golden Toque and the Greater Des Moines Chef's Association. He was also a guest speaker at the DMACC Culinary Arts Program.

Those left to cherish Jim's memory include his wife of 59 years, Barbara Kosec of Pleasant Hill; five daughters, Nancy (Howard) Evans of Des Moines, Janet (Garry) Barker of Lansing, MI, Lynn Sherwood of Des Moines, Laurie (John) Cowell of Des Moines and Susan (Joe) Ventura of Anchorage, AK; son, Michael (Judy) Kosec of Rifle, CO; sister, Helen (Wayne) Nash of Ouray, CO; three brothers, Walter (Jan) Kosec of Red Wing, MN, Tom Kosec of Red Wing and Robert (Cheryl) Kosec of Gilbert, AZ; nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He loved them all dearly.

The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at Iles Funeral Homes-Grandview Park Chapel. In lieu of flower s memorial contributions may be directed to the James A. Kosec Culinary Arts Scholarship at Des Moines Area Community College.


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Grandview Park Funeral Home
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Monday, November 8, 2010
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
St. Joseph Catholic Church
3300 Easton Boulevard
Des Moines, IA 50317
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
1:00 PM