Navy Badge
  • Name: Robert "Bob" Eddie Koski
  • Location of Birth: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: February 5, 1928
  • Date of Death: June 14, 1989
  • Parents: Eddie J. Koski & Mary (Lager) Koski
  • High School and Class: 1946 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College: 1950 Itasca Junior College, Coleraine, Minnesota
    1952 Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan
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  • Branch: Navy
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: June 4, 1946
  • Place Sworn In: Fort Snelling, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge: April 2, 1948
  • Place of Discharge:
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  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Robert Eddie Koski
    Race: White
    Age: 18
    Birth Date: February 5, 1928
    Birth Place: Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Bovey, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: [undated - probably February 1946]
    Employer: Student
    Weight: 180
    Height: 6
    Complexion: Light
    Eye Color: Hazel
    Hair Color: Brown
    Next of Kin: Eddie J. Koski

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Bob Koski started his career with Oliver Iron Mining Co. at the Rouchleau Mine in Virginia, Minnesota. He became assistant project engineer in Duluth in 1958 and general foreman of maintenance at the Extaca and Rouchleau sizing plant in 1962. In 1963 he worked in engineering on the Minntac Step 1 Agglomerator and in 1966 was named general maintenance foreman. He moved to U.S. Steel’s Limestone Quarry in Cedarville, Michigan as superintendent in 1971 and in 1973 was named chief engineer of maintenance operations and facilities planning for Minntac. In 1984 he was named manager of engineering in ore and stone responsible for engineering management of mine and plant facilities for the Minnesota Ore Operations on the Mesabi Range, Western Ore Operations in Wyoming and Limestone Operations in Michigan until he retired that year. He was involved with the Registered Professional Engineer, Mechanical, State of Minnesota, Society of Mining Engineers of AIME and the Engineers Club of Northern Minnesota. He was the former president of the Virginia Lions Club, the Synodical Diplomat for the Lutheran Church merger in 1962, a member of the Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church Council and choir, Mesabi Community College Band, served on the Virginia Hospital Commission and was a member of the American Legion.

    Bob died in Marquette, Michigan and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Virginia, Minnesota. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; his father, Eddie J.; a daughter, Gail; two sons, David and Matthew; and a brother, John.

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