Hamilton County


Pvt. Roy David Coslow




Roy David Coslow was born Sept. 21, 1916 to David and Eunice Irene Cornett Coslow. He died Dec. 25, 2010 and is buried in Lawn Hill Cemetery, Stanhope, IA.

Pvt. Coslow served with the U.S. Army in World War II.

Source: ancestry.com

Obituary Notice:

Roy Coslow of Lincoln, Nebraska (formerly of Britt), passed away Saturday, December 25, 2010.

A memorial service will be held at Vine Congregational United Church of Christ, 1800 Twin Ridge Road, in Lincoln, Nebraska on Tuesday, December 28 at 11:00 AM.

Visitation will be December 29 from 12:00 noon - 1:30 PM at Ewing Funeral Chapel, 178 Center Street West, in Britt with burial following in Stanhope, Iowa.

Roy David Coslow, the son of David and Eunice (Cornett) Coslow, was born September 21, 1916, at Webster City, Iowa. His father died in December 1918 during the Influenza epidemic, and his mother remarried Albert "Bert" Philbrook in 1921.

Roy attended country schools through the eighth grade and graduated from Webster City High School in 1935. He enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1936 to 1938 where he was trained as a surveyor.

On May 26, 1941, Roy married Phyllis Malmberg in Chillicothe Missouri. They moved to Chicago where he worked as a street photographer, in a book bindery, and as an engineering assistant for the George A. Fuller and James A. Stewart companies.

In 1944, Roy and Phyllis moved to Mason City, Iowa, and in 1946, to Britt where Roy worked as a road surveyor and inspector for the Iowa Department of Transportation until his retirement in 1980. He moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, in 2005.

Roy enjoyed traveling, photography, ballroom dancing, gardening, woodworking and woodcarving. He was involved in Scouting for many years, serving as Scoutmaster for Britt Troop 32, and he was a member of Dorius Masonic Lodge #431. Roy and Phyllis traveled throughout the United States and to Europe where Roy celebrated his 80th birthday in Sweden. They loved attending their grandchildren's activities in Michigan and Nebraska, and he accompanied his son-in-law and grandchildren on a number of BRAN rides.

Roy was a long-time member of the Britt Congregational United Church of Christ where he served as a deacon, trustee, and usher, and in Lincoln he was a member of Vine Congregational United Church of Christ.

Roy is survived by his children, James (Barbara) Coslow, Susan (Dennis) Emanuel, grandchildren, Jay Coslow, Jon Coslow, Greg (Amy) Smidt, Ann (Justin) Francis, David (Kati) Smidt, great-grandchildren, Jameson and Caroline Coslow and Emma, Owen, and Tyler Smidt, brothers Arthur (Barbara) Philbrook, Richard (Wilma) Philbrook, sisters Ellen (Coslow) Hall and Kathleen (Philbrook) Hemmen, and sisters-in-law, Nancy Obrecht and Lois Philbrook.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis, his brothers Cyrus, Robert, and John Philbrook, brothers-in-law Bill Hall and Elton Hemmen, and his father, stepfather, and mother.

Source: Per Hamilton County IAGenWeb site, Roy is buried in the Lawn Hill Cemetery rather than the Lake Center Cemetery. His wife is also buried in the Lawn Hill Cemetery, Memorial# 79981372. -Anonymous