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Joseph E. Kososki

March 5, 1948 — September 25, 2023

Moline, Illinois

Joseph E. Kososki, Sr., 75, of Moline, Illinois, passed away on Monday, September 25, 2023, at Allure of Geneseo.

A hospitality gathering to celebrate Joe's colorful journey on this Earth will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 1, at CityView Celebrations at Trimble Pointe (lower level), 701 12th Street, Moline. And in true Joe fashion, there will be an "open mic" for family and friends to share their stories at 3:30 p.m. We expect the tales to be as tall as Joe himself. The family will continue the celebration of Joe’s life at 4:30 p.m. at the Rock Island Moose Lodge into the evening.  Cremation will take place at Trimble Crematory, Moline, under the direction of Trimble Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Joe's family.

Joseph Eugene Kososki came into this world on March 5, 1948, in Sayre, Pennsylvania, the son of Joseph and Frances (Polito) Kososki. He dabbled in various factory jobs, including Servus Rubber, and most recently worked as a janitor for the Rock Island Schools, but his true calling was in roofing and construction.

Now, let's talk about Joe's hobbies. He loved playing softball, and he will always be remembered for his epic home runs. He was also a die-hard Dallas Cowboy’s fan.  His cooking was something of legend, and when it came to playing cards, Joe had a poker face that made you wonder if he was bluffing or just really enjoying the game.

Joe reveled in being known as an "honest conman." He could sell you your own phone and make you feel like you got the deal of a lifetime. He was a great conversationalist, which meant he could talk you into just about anything. But beneath that smooth talk, he had a heart of gold and would do anything for his loved ones.

Speaking of loved ones, Joe is survived by his children, Joseph E. (Lisa) Kososki, Jr. of Milan, Nathan (Rebecca Schnitzer) Kososki of Coyne Center, Jamie (John) Pivovarnik of Osco, Jennifer (Craig Adams) Kososki of Milan, Paul (Vanessa) Garlough of El Cajon, California, Michael, Marsha, and Tim Becker of Howe, Texas; 17 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and his ex-wife, Jean Simpson and her family, with whom he dearly loved and remained close.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jerry (Pam) Kososki.

Joe's legacy will live on through the laughter and the stories we share about this one-of-a-kind "honest conman" who made every day a little more interesting.  Go Cowboys!!

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Service Schedule

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Celebration of Life

Sunday, October 1, 2023

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Central time)

CityView Celebrations

701 12th St,, Moline, IL 61265

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