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Carl Koss

Carl J. Koss

Tuesday, October 19th, 1937 - Saturday, November 28th, 2020
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Carl J. Koss, 83, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 28, 2020, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital due to complications from COVID-19.

Carl was born in Knowlton, Wis., on the 19th day of October, 1937. Carl was the son of the late Leonard and Irene (Brish) Koss.

Carl graduated from Mosinee High School in the class of 1955. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army and considered it an honor to serve his country. After the military, he started his career at the Mosinee Paper Corporation where he worked for nearly 40 years before retiring. He wanted to keep himself busy, so he started working at Maple Ridge Farms. He was employed there for over 20 years, and he often joked that once he got to 25 years, he would receive a Rolex watch.

On May 7, 1959, Carl married the love of his life, Arnelle Champine. He often remarked how truly lucky he was to have such a classy lady like Arnelle fall in love with him. Carl and Arnelle had two wonderful children together, of whom they were very proud, Terri and Rick. Carl and Arnelle spent 26 beautiful years of marriage together before her passing in 1986.

Throughout his life, Carl dedicated much of his time to his many hobbies and interests. In his younger days, Carl filled some of his time playing in area softball and bowling leagues, but his real passion was golfing. He was an avid golfer throughout his life, and he was very proud to be a founding member and builder of the Indianhead Golf Course in Mosinee. He was a dedicated fan of local sports, as well as a loyal supporter of the Green Bay Packers. In addition to his love for sports, Carl was also very musically-inclined, playing both trumpet and guitar in a polka band called the Polka Knights, where they played for many weddings and festivals in the area. He was also a proud member of the local Elks club, as well as a devoted member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Mosinee.

Carl was the type of man that had unlimited energy and enthusiasm for new adventures and challenges. This was evident in the things to which he dedicated his time to up until his passing. He enjoyed walking three miles every day, and he still played golf at a high level, often shooting well below his age. He very much looked forward to his summers, which were largely spent golfing with his dear friend Betty at golf courses around Wisconsin. He also enjoyed golfing every Tuesday morning with a group of buddies at Indianhead, which was a standing date during the summer months. Another one of the highlights that he looked forward to every year were spending time with his family during the holidays. Wii bowling competitions were an annual Christmas tradition; he often times out-bowled his college-aged grandchildren, of which would put a smile on his face for the rest of the weekend. He was a loyal, faithful friend and supporter of his family and many long-time friends, as well as friends he just met. Carl radiated positivity and passion for life, which was evident in his numerous life endeavors, accomplishments, and friendships.

Carl is preceded in death by his wife Arnelle, sister Val and brother-in-law Bud Kesy, brother Don Koss, brother-in-law Orville Robbins, brother-in-law Bob Wagner, brother-in-law Bob Hubbard, and nephews Randy Hubbard and Derek Wilke.
Carl is survived by his two children: daughter Terri (Steve) Hagman of Neenah, WI and son Rick (Jeraldine) Koss of Holmen, WI; three grandchildren: Stephanie (Josh Frederick) Koss of Chicago, IL, Max Koss of Madison, WI, and Mason Koss of Holmen, WI; sisters Barb (Fred) Wilke and Pam Hubbard, sister-in-law Anita Koss, sister-in-law Donna Robbins, brother-in-law Lyle (Marilyn) Champine, brother-in-law Gary Champine, and brother-in-law Bill (Kathy) Champine. He is also survived by his very special friend Betty Hoops.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, no services are being arranged at this time. A celebration of Carl’s life will be scheduled at a later date for his family and friends. Beste Funeral Home, Mosinee, assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at
The Koss family would like to thank Daniel Line, PA and Benjamin Kaster, MD, as well as the rest of the medical staff at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, for taking such phenomenal care of Carl during his final days.

Dad, Grandpa, Carly Man… you will be forever in our hearts. The loss we feel is immeasurable, but we also feel comfort knowing that you are now reunited with your love, Arnelle, after 34 years of being apart.

“Those we love don’t go away; they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed, and very dear.”
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Ted and Cheryl Storin

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Daryl and Rainy Davis

Posted at 11:14am
Terri and Steve, Rick and JJ,
We share your sorrow over the loss of your dear father and father in-law Carl. Our hearts are broken with his passing, as he was such a kind and wonderful gentle man that we have had the pleasure of knowing through the years. He raised the bar as a friend and father figure through his acts of kindness, hospitality and patience. His sense of humor along with his ability to share a good story were ever present, as was his infectious smile. And who could ask for a better Trivial Pursuit partner (Spartacus) ??? 😂
These were the qualities he had that will carry us through the heartbreak and sorrow we feel today, as it is truly a luxury to grieve the loss of such a wonderful friend, father and grandfather.
God's peace to each of Carl's family members and friends during this difficult time.
With Love, Blessings and Warm Hugs,
Daryl, Rainy, Jen and Kate

Stephanie Koss

Posted at 03:49pm
I have so many memories that I hold near & dear of my Grandpa Koss. However, there is one that has remained at the top of my list whenever I think of him, and it never fails to make me smile.

My parents were attending an event near Mosinee, so my brothers (Max and Mason) and I were staying with grandpa at his house for the evening. It was the summertime, so he decided to take us three to the Marathon County Fair. He bought us dinner when we got there; it was your typical fair food (corndogs, funnel cakes, hot dogs); it was all overpriced, but an essential part of the experience. I remember we got one of those really tall, sugary lemonades that came in the souvenir cup that you got to take home. It was probably $15 or so. When the four of us had our food, we found a bench to sit on and eat. I remember we hadn’t even yet taken a sip of the lemonade when one of us kids (I don’t remember who) knocked over the lemonade onto the sidewalk, and it spilled all over into the street. Now most adults would have been very irritated, but without skipping a beat, my grandpa said, “Oh, that’s okay, don’t you guys worry about it. I’ll go buy another one!”

Now this night at the fair was busy, the lines were long, and where we picked up our food was a long walk away from where we were sitting to eat. But he got right up to go buy us another one. I remember 15 minutes later, we saw him making his way back to us in the crowd of people, with a brand new lemonade in hand, and a huge smile on his face. If he was the least bit irritated about us spilling the first one, he certainly didn’t show it. But I know he wasn’t, because he didn’t care about the money or the inconvenience; he was just happy as could be that we were all together and enjoying an evening, no matter the cost.

Although a simple memory, I think it truly embodies the type of person that my grandpa was: positive, gentle, caring, and extremely giving. Rather than sweat the small stuff, he realized that life was truly a gift & he enjoyed the ride. I will never forget that memory for as long as I live. It truly is the little things you remember the most.

Daryl and Rainy Davis Posted at 11:21am

Thank you for sharing this great story of your grandfathers love of family.

Jeff Hubbard

Posted at 02:29pm
I mother Pam Hubbard (Koss) is sad to lose her favorite brother "Carl" what a history, a great man, a great life, we all feel bad
for the loss, take care in Heaven. Jeff Hubbard


Chuck and Barb Burr

Posted at 02:10pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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