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Adeline Larson Kost & Arthur Kost Obituaries
circa 1933 perhaps near December 23 wedding day
Arthur Kost
Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 26, 1972 at 2 p.m. for Arthur Kost, 61, who was killed late Wednesday afternoon, December 21, 1972. He was killed when the truck he was driving left the road and overturned, a short distance north of Washburn on Highway 83.  Road conditions were extremely icy at the time, according to McLean County Sheriff Arlin Thompson, who investigated the accident.
 The Rev. J.G. Sortland was in charge of the services. Special music was given by Tom Schultz, soloist, with Mrs. R.G. Bickert, organist.
Burial was in Riverview Cemetery. Pallbearers were Don Kost, Jack Dutoit, William and Harry Larson, Dennis Kost, and Harvey Reimers, all nephews. Henne Funeral Home in Washburn was in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Kost was born June 14, 1911 in Olivet, S.D. to Henry and Katherine (Lagge) Kost. The family moved to the Washburn community in 1916. Mr. Kost married Adeline Larson December 23, 1933, in Washburn. They farmed four miles east of Washburn. Mr. Kost was an active member of the National Farmers Organization.
In addition to his widow he leaves one foster son/nephew, Alfred Carvell, Washburn; one foster daughter, Mrs. Robert (Evonne) Daugherty, Santa Maria, California; two brothers, Rudolph and Albert, both of Washburn; and two sisters, Mrs. Alice Tweeten, and Mrs. Earl Sorum, both of Washburn, and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother.
(Visitors from out of state included nieces, Patricia Reimers and Donna Bloomquist from the Chicago area, and Mrs. Daugherty from California, plus others.)

Adeline Kost
Adeline Kost, 78, Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center, Bismarck, formerly of Washburn, died June 10, 1993, in the care center.  Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Washburn United Methodist Church, Washburn, ND. Burial will in Riverview Cemetery, Washburn.
Visitation runs from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, and will continue one hour prior to services at the church.
Adeline Larson was born June 6, 1914, in rural Washburn, the daughter of Louis and Hattie (Ecklund) Larson. She grew up on her parents' farm and attended rural school.  She also attended Washburn High School.  She worked for area farm wives until she married Arthur Kost December 23, 1933, in Washburn. They made their home on farms east of Washburn before settling on a farm two miles east of Washburn, where they farmed. Her husband died in December of 1972.  She continued to make her home on their farm until she became a resident of Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center in 1990.
Adeline was a member of the Washburn United Methodist Church and the Washburn Lewis and Clark Senior Citizens' Club.  She enjoyed gardening, raising flowers, and traveling.
She is survived by one nephew-son and daughter-in-law, Al and Janet Carvell, rural Washburn; two grandchildren, Monte Carvell, Bismarck, and Brenda Jones, Chicago; two great-grandchildren, Andy and Jack Carvell, both of Bismarck; one brother, Walter, Paducah, KY; one sister, Irene Reimers, Bismarck; one foster-daughter, Eyvonne Daugherty, Santa Maria, CA; and many nieces and nephews.

ND photo by Mike McCleary, shows the Bismarck Capital with a field of sunflowers in the foreground.
(Not only was Adeline or "Auntie" more second mom than aunt to many of her nieces and nephews, but Uncle Art was the special uncle who nurtured and loved those same family members. I was inspired to write the following poem by his special gifts and personality and my great memories. I know we all miss him and his prized personal fields of sunflowers near Washburn.)

Dear Uncle Art
No husband could caress more tenderly,
No father could teach more patiently,
No son or brother give more endlessly,
No grandfather, uncle, or friend share more graciously
than you.

You wooed us with goodness
and weathered face smiling.
You showered us with riches
of kind understanding.
No sorrow could forever daunt you,
No spites would endlessly haunt you;
although rains torrented, winds buffeted,
snows isolated, and ice tormented,
your spirit went on.

You nurtured our dreams
for happiness and gain.
You suffered our woes
of illness and pain.
No breast was more filled with hope.
No soul was more fraught with faith.
Through days knowing hurt, occasionally self-pity
and doubt,
your wisdom rarely dimmed.

We anguish over your passing.
We yearn for your Grace,
Your chair now so empty,
no one to take your place.
God touched us with that benevolent
sharp shove.
We had to lose you to learn of real love.

I see hot tears scalding
and hearts overflowing.
I see sunflower heads
and wheat stands golden,
all waving goodbye to a beautiful man.

We murmer,
"So long, but for a day . . .
when we too have learned to heed
God's love, God's plan, and God's way;
we'll meet again with time to share
old laughter, old love, and old prayer."
-------  Donna Bloomquist copyright 1972