David Coslet (96) of Altamont

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Published on May 28 2014 6:03 am

David F. Coslet, 96, of Altamont, died at 12:40 p. m. Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at Lutheran Care Center, Altamont.
 
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a. m., Monday, June 2, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church, Altamont, with Rev. Willie Deuel officiating. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery, Altamont, with military rites by Gieseking-Schwerdtfeger V. F. W. Post #7676, Altamont. Visitation will be from 9:00 a. m. until service time at the church. Memorials are requested to Lutheran Care Center, Altamont. Gieseking Funeral Home, Altamont in charge of arrangements.
 
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David Frederick Coslet was born in Shelby County, Illinois on Sunday, November 18, 1917 the son of Madge Coslet Anderson. Dave attended school and grew up in Beecher City, Illinois, playing basketball, baseball, and track. He graduated from Effingham High School in 1935 and received a scholarship to Millikin University where he played basketball for four years and graduated with a degree in Commerce in 1939. After working for a short time for the bank in Beecher City, he went to work in the accounting department for Pana Refinery, Pana, Illinois where he met his wife Dorothy Sherman St. John, a teacher from St. Louis, Missouri. After a short time with the Auditor's Office with the State of Illinois, Dave went to Rock Island, Illinois to train for work with the government Proving Grounds, and then was assigned to Madison, Indiana Proving Ground in 1942. Dave and Dorothy were married on May 11, 1942 in Madison, IN.
 
In February 1943 Dave enlisted in the Navy and went to Officers Training School at Notre Dame University where he graduated with a degree of Ensign in June. That fall he was assigned to the ABSDI, a battleship repair ship and pulled to Esperito Santos, New Heberdes where he stayed until July of 1944, when he came back to the States and was promoted to Lt. Jr. Grade and transferred to the Marvin H. McIntyre troop transport. When the war was over in August 1945, he made his last trip to Japan, made Lt. Senior Grade and returned to the States and left the Navy in December of 1945.  His first position after the war was as an A Store Auditor for Montgomery Ward traveling all the time. In July, 1946 he went to work for Ford Motor Company in the Auditor's office in the St. Louis, Missouri office. In July 1948, Dorothy and Dave bought the Ford garage in Altamont, Illinois from Rolla Babbs. In 1962, they built a Stuckey's Pecan Shoppe at the intersection of the new Interstate Highway 70 and State Route 128 in Altamont. Then they built another Shoppe in Highland, Illinois in 1968 and the Stuckey's Carriage Inn Motel and Restaurant in Altamont in 1964. All were sold by 1996.  A subdivision known as Southmore Heights was started just north of the Stuckey's Store in 1962 containing 49 homes.
 
Mr. Coslet belonged to the Lions Club in Altamont for over 60 years and at the time of his death was the oldest living member. He also belonged to the Altamont Chamber of Commerce, Sons of the American Revolution and he served on the Board of Directors for the State of Illinois Best Western Motels and on the National Board for Interstate Highway Billboard Advertisers. In 1987, Mr. & Mrs. Coslet were presented the Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award by the Altamont Chamber of Commerce. He was an avid golfer and followed all sports including baseball, basketball and football. In this capacity, Mr. Coslet was nominated to serve on the tribal council, University of Illinois and on the Presidents Council.
 
Dave is survived by his faithful four-legged companion, Trix; several nieces and nephews and cousins and a host of friends.
 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy on October 7, 2013.