Russell Ronald Jost loved volunteering and sports

Saturday, February 9, 2013 | 10:30 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Russell Ronald Jost died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, after a fall in his home the day before and a brief hospitalization.

Mr. Jost was born to Florence Sherlock and Edward Jost on Sept. 15, 1930 in St. Louis. He was the first in his family of nine siblings to graduate from high school and later went on to graduate from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in business. He met his wife, Laura May Hoggan, at Fort Sheridan in 1952 where they were both stationed during the Korean War, and they married on July 16, 1955.

Mr. Jost started his career at Ralston Purina, where he was given the opportunity to move into a purchasing career, which he continued throughout his work life. Over the years, he worked at Washington University, The Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis and Snow Manufacturing in Chicago, eventually retiring from General Electric.

During his work life, he volunteered in many capacities, including serving on the school board for 12 years and working with the Boy Scouts through his church. After his retirement, he worked more than full time in numerous volunteer positions in the community, teaching English as a second language, working with his wife at a Chicago Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple and serving as an election judge.

Mr. Jost spent his life in service in everything he did. He served as a bishop in the Logan Square Ward in Chicago for seven years. He gave of himself freely, never knowing a stranger and always willing to share whatever he had. He enjoyed a lifetime of sports participation and being a spectator of sports and community events. He freely shared his often strong opinions on everything and loved engaging in a humorous debate.

Mr. Jost is survived by his wife of 58 years, Laura; and his children, David Jost and his wife, Pam Darrell, of Des Plaines, Ill., Glenona “Nono” Jost and Melissa Jost and her husband, Kim Williams, of Columbia; and grandsons James, Patrick and Benjamin.

His parents, eight siblings, and his grandson, Christopher Jost, died earlier.

Visitation will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4708 Highlands Parkway. A service will follow at 7 p.m. at the same location.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

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