THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
David M. Kostreva
Issue Date: December 6, 2017
David Mitchell Kostreva, 68, of Coleman passed away Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Born April 14, 1949 in Marinette, to David and Elaine Kostreva, he graduated from Coleman High School in 1967 where he participated in football and wrestling and made many lifetime friends.
After high school, he attended Briggs and Stratton Business College in Milwaukee and then worked at Babcock and Wilcox in Milwaukee. He took a military leave of absence to join the Special Forces and after a one year training course, served with the 1st Special Forces group on Okinawa.
His "A" Team mission assignments were to enter several countries including Vietnam and were not known in advance and were usually completed in the darkness of night. He served as a paratrooper with the Green Beret.
After service, he returned to work at Babcock and Wilcox and then bought a record store in Menominee, the Underground Sunshine. After many years running the store, he decided to sell and worked at Coleman Products Company, until the plant closed and then was employed at Packerland Packing. He then worked at the Recycling Center in Beaver until retiring from there due to illness.
He became an avid hunter and fisherman after tagging along on hunting and fishing trips with his father and also enjoyed gardening. A giving person, he had many close and friends and relatives.
He is survived by his mother, Elaine Kostreva; four siblings, Patricia (Robert) Rudolph, Carol Kelly, Jonathon (Kim) Kostreva and Lori (Brian Prusinsky) Kostreva; many nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, David Kostreva.
The family greeted relatives and friends at Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home in Coleman on Tuesday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. with Pastor Kevin Kuhn officiating. Military Honors by Coleman American Legion followed the service at the funeral home. Burial was in First Baptist Cemetery in Pound.