In Memory

Thomas Kost

Thomas Kost

Thomas "Tom" Michael Kost

November 20, 1954 ~ October 10, 2020

Thomas (Tom) Michael Kost, husband, father, grandfather, a computer giant who was equally talented at using his hands and a true lover of life, passed away October 10, 2020 at his home in Shawnee, Kansas, in the company of loved ones following a two year battle with glioblastoma multiforme, he was 65. Due to COVID there will be no visitation and his service will be private for close family members. Once the pandemic passes, a celebration of life will be held to remember his life.

Thomas was born November 20, 1954, to parents James and Maxine Kost in Kansas City, Kansas living most of his life in Shawnee, Kansas. Tom is survived by wife Janice Kost, sons James (Hannah) and Matthew (Nancy) Kost, brother Ed (Vicki) Kost, sisters Pat Thomas, Connie Cook and Mary Jane Colbert along with his grandchildren Brayden, Zachary, Thomas, and Silveria, and a long list of extended family, friends, and colleagues whom he cherished. He was preceded in death by his parents (James and Maxine Kost) and younger sister (Ann Kost).

Tom had an amazing career in computers that spanned 40+ years. It started at Montgomery Wards at which time Janice hinted to him about at a ride on his motorcycle. He followed up on that hint leading to a marriage that lasted 43 years. At the end of his career he was an Infrastructure Architect at IBM. Outside of work he was a true family man who could be found fishing, hunting, playing music, bottle digging, metal detecting, riding motorcycles, involved in various building projects, wrenching on vehicles, playing foosball, eating Kansas City barbeque and bratwursts along with listening to and helping others. His blue eyes of kindness, his gentle smile, his love and words of wisdom helped many on their life journey. He will be missed, but not forgotten. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bethesda @ a disability services/support organization where his little sister Ann lived for over a decade.


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Mac McDaniel and Jan Klein, Site Administrators