In Memory

Merlin Kosmosky

US Army Veteran Sgt Merlin A. Kosmosky (Hammond, WI) passed away on Saturday October 24, 2015 while under the care of the Minneapolis VA. Through many years, he overcame odds against him as he fought a long battle of military related health issues.

He was born on October 6, 1948 to John & Grace (Castner) Kosmosky. In 1971 he met the love of his life Ann and on December 18, 1971 they were married.

He was survived by his wife, Ann; his daughter Patricia (Shawn), son Damion (Jessica), son Dominick (Barbara), eight grandchildren, siblings; Shirley Biegel, Judy Connor, Linda (Cecil) Drehmel, Arlene (Jerry) Frank, Marvin Kosmosky, Goldean (Jim), Heil, Marty Kosmosky, and cousins, nieces, nephews, and Comrades from the military.

Preceded in death by his parents John and Grace Kosmosky, half-sister Betty Jean Riley, sister Josephine Kosmosky, sister, Darlene Plemon, sister, Cindy Nguymen, brother-in-laws Gail Biegel and Bill Connor.

Celebration of life will be at 10:30 am on Friday, October 30, 2015 at Lake Street United Methodist Church, 337 Lake Street, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54703. The Rev. Cherie Forret will officiate. Visitation will take place Thursday, October 29, 2015 at the church from 5-8 pm. The visitation will continue at the church from 9:30 am until the time of service. Burial will take place at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery near Spooner, WI (NWVMC).

Their will be military honors that take place in Spooner, WI, provided by the Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The family has invited those who have served in the military to attend the funeral or committal service in their military uniforms.

Memorials may be given in Merlin’s name to Disabled American Veterans (DAV) at

Friends and family may offer condolences online at

Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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10/27/15 07:40 PM #1    

Jean Behnke (Wisnewski)

Sorry to hear again of another loss of a classmate.  Also sorry to hear he suffered military related health issues.  Thank you for your service to our country.  Sympathies to family and friends.

10/27/15 07:56 PM #2    

Art Close

I too am sorry to hear of Merlin's passing. Another good military man gone. Thank you Merlin for all you did in serving your country.

10/28/15 06:57 AM #3    

Sheryl Manthei (Rudd)

I am also saddened by the lose of another classmates. Condolences go out to his family and a thank for his service in the Army.

10/28/15 10:29 AM #4    

Chris Yule (Lear)

My condolences to Merlin's family and a thank you for his service to his country.

10/28/15 12:10 PM #5    

Kenneth Brownell

I was a scared new kid in Merlins school  ( Sherman ) and he treated me with kindness and respect and made me feel welcome. The transition was much easier with his help and I thank him for that.. I also thank him for his years of service to this country. My sympathies to his family and friends.May god bless him.

10/28/15 05:35 PM #6    

Bill Beaulieu

So sad to hear of the passing of another classmate, friend, and neighbor that I grew up with.   R.I.P., Merlin.

10/28/15 06:20 PM #7    

Carolyn Berg (Kinville)

So sorry to hear about Merlin's passing!  My Sympathy to Ann and Family!!  Rest in Peace Merlin!

10/29/15 12:03 PM #8    

Jean Berg (Gfall)

I remember Merlin's smile more than anything (and the impish spirit that went with it).  It's interesting that I only remember him with a smile on his face but that, I suspect, is because of who he simply was and where his heart was even in the midst of long lasting illnesses.  My thoughts are with his family in these days.

10/29/15 04:53 PM #9    

Mike Buckley

So sorry to hear of Merlin's passing ---were neighbors back in the mid 50's --- lost touch with him after high school and was fortunate to meet up with him at the last class reunion --- Rest in Peace my brother --- "Semper Fi"

10/29/15 06:18 PM #10    

Lila Stevens (Chamberlain)

I went to : and posted a message of condolences to Merlin's family and only one message besides mine was there.  There is also a "memory video" of Merlin and his life available to view.  I am thinking we should post our messages to our classmates who pass at the website of the funeral home that is handling there funeral.  Don't know if their family will see all the wonderful messages everyone has left for those that have passed.  He was such a nice and good man...he will be missed by many.

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