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Dr. Karl-Heinz KosseMarch 23, 1929 ~ June 1, 2017 (age 88)
Dr. Karl-Heinz Kosse, age 88, of Aberdeen, died of natural causes, surrounded by his loved ones, on Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Aberdeen.
All are welcome to join the family for a personal family memorial service honoring his life will be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, June 4, 2017, at Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary & Crematory, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen.
Refreshments and a time of fellowship will immediately follow the service at Schriver’s Memorial Fellowship Center.
No visitation will take place prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the South Dakota Parkinson Foundation, 1000 North West Avenue, Suite 220, Sioux Falls, SD 57104.
Karl-Heinz Kosse was born on March 23, 1929, in Lubben, Germany. He received his medical degree while working as a hospital orderly in Berlin.
He came to the United States in 1956 and served as a urology resident in Burlington, Vermont, where he pioneered microsurgery. There he met the love of his life, Betsy Dupuy, whom he married on December 20, 1960. Karl-Heinz and Betsy began their lives in Aberdeen, on January 5, 1964, where he practiced medicine until 2006. Not only did Karl-Heinz and Betsy build a successful solo practice (with Betsy serving as his office manager), they also ran a farm where Karl-Heinz liked to explore his hobbies of beekeeping and pheasant hunting. Throughout his career he served generously those in need, volunteering his time extensively in Haiti. After practicing urology for many years, he pursued a second career in addiction medicine, serving as medical director for Worthmore Clinic.
Karl-Heinz was a renaissance man; he was a student of history, an accomplished musician on piano and violin, proficient in several languages having travelled all seven continents, an avid pie-baker, he had a thirst for knowledge and could converse on any topic from philosophy to current political events. But his true passion was his family.
He is survived by his wife Betsy and his five children: Michelle (married to J. Keith Burt) of McLean, Virginia, Karl E. (married to Elizabeth Cota Kosse) of St. Joseph, Missouri, Monique (married to Claude Trent) of New York, New York, Miquette (married to Parker Karnan) of Seattle, Washington, and Emilie of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is also survived by ten grandchildren.
He is predeceased by his parents and brother.
South Dakota Parkinson Foundation
1000 N West Avenue - Suite 220, Sioux Falls SD 57104