Roger Thomas Kosel

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Roger Thomas Kosel

Roger Thomas Kosel passed peacefully on the evening of July 4th, 2021. True in life, he was surrounded by family and close friends as he embarked on his final journey of independence.

Born January 29, 1943 in Oakland, CA to Otto Kosel and Elsie Neilson Kosel, Roger led a full and extraordinary life. He spent his formative years in the Bay Area before attending UC Davis and completing his undergraduate degree in business in 1966. Soon after graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in Dec 1966, serving aboard the USS Frank E. Evans off the coast of Vietnam and later serving in the Mekong Delta. He was released from active duty as a Naval Commander in June, 1970, receiving several commendations including a Bronze Star.

When he returned home from Vietnam, he spoke out publicly against the War on 60 Minutes and advocated for the War to end. He turned his focus towards law, completing his Juris Doctor (JD) at the University of San Francisco in 1973 and spent many years working as a Deputy District Attorney in Alameda County.

Roger's deep love of travel and the outdoors led him to move to Siskiyou County in 1978. He took a sabbatical from law, choosing to spend his time dabbling in real estate, teaching windsurfing lessons on Lake Siskiyou, and helping to establish the former Castle Lake Nordic Center. Throughout his life, he continued to be an active and engaged member of the outdoor community, serving as a board member for the Siskiyou Land Trust, volunteering with Mountain Runners and the Mt. Shasta Trails Association, and coaching his daughter's intramural soccer team to name a few. In his free time, Roger could often be found cycling, golfing, skiing, running, river rafting, and exploring.

In 1987, Roger married his first wife Zena Whitcombe, and together they had two beautiful daughters – Melea and Arianna. Roger chose to return to law and was elected as a Superior Court Judge for Siskiyou County in 1990. He served his community for 16 years, during which time he helped grow the County's Drug Rehabilitation Program and sat on numerous important cases, including his decision to halt the proposed Nestle water bottling plant in McCloud CA due to a CEQA oversight. He fully retired from his position as Presiding Judge in 2007, after being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease due to his exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. He spent his retirement traveling, staying active in the outdoors, and continuing to volunteer his time with programs such as the Mt. Shasta Rotary Club, Big Brother Program, Hospice and the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden.

It is impossible to capture Roger's magnetic essence in words, yet he will forever be remembered as a man of incredible strength, determination, resilience, and heart. His wicked sense of humor and easy smile will be missed, as well as his sharp intellect, compassionate spirit, and thirst for knowledge. He was always one to prioritize time with his loved ones, to stop and smell the roses, to savor poetry, and to indulge in a big bowl of ice cream.

In death, Roger is reunited with his parents, his second wife Emily Zook, and close friends. He is survived by his two daughters, Melea and Arianna Kosel, his sisters Cathie and Jan Kosel, his nephew Andrew Kosel and niece Alison Kosel, as well as a diverse and remarkable community of friends and loved ones.

A celebration of life is being planned for the end of summer or beginning of fall. More details will be shared soon. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please consider a donation to the Siskiyou Land Trust (https://secure.donationpay.org/siskiyoulandtrust/) or Mercy Hospice (https://supportmercyfoundation.org/donate)

Posted online on July 15, 2021

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Obituaries in Mt Shasta, CA | Mount Shasta Herald

Roger Thomas Kosel

Mt. Shasta Memorial Chapel

Roger Thomas Kosel

Roger Thomas Kosel passed peacefully on the evening of July 4th, 2021. True in life, he was surrounded by family and close friends as he embarked on his final journey of independence.

Born January 29, 1943 in Oakland, CA to Otto Kosel and Elsie Neilson Kosel, Roger led a full and extraordinary life. He spent his formative years in the Bay Area before attending UC Davis and completing his undergraduate degree in business in 1966. Soon after graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in Dec 1966, serving aboard the USS Frank E. Evans off the coast of Vietnam and later serving in the Mekong Delta. He was released from active duty as a Naval Commander in June, 1970, receiving several commendations including a Bronze Star.

When he returned home from Vietnam, he spoke out publicly against the War on 60 Minutes and advocated for the War to end. He turned his focus towards law, completing his Juris Doctor (JD) at the University of San Francisco in 1973 and spent many years working as a Deputy District Attorney in Alameda County.

Roger's deep love of travel and the outdoors led him to move to Siskiyou County in 1978. He took a sabbatical from law, choosing to spend his time dabbling in real estate, teaching windsurfing lessons on Lake Siskiyou, and helping to establish the former Castle Lake Nordic Center. Throughout his life, he continued to be an active and engaged member of the outdoor community, serving as a board member for the Siskiyou Land Trust, volunteering with Mountain Runners and the Mt. Shasta Trails Association, and coaching his daughter's intramural soccer team to name a few. In his free time, Roger could often be found cycling, golfing, skiing, running, river rafting, and exploring.

In 1987, Roger married his first wife Zena Whitcombe, and together they had two beautiful daughters – Melea and Arianna. Roger chose to return to law and was elected as a Superior Court Judge for Siskiyou County in 1990. He served his community for 16 years, during which time he helped grow the County's Drug Rehabilitation Program and sat on numerous important cases, including his decision to halt the proposed Nestle water bottling plant in McCloud CA due to a CEQA oversight. He fully retired from his position as Presiding Judge in 2007, after being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease due to his exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. He spent his retirement traveling, staying active in the outdoors, and continuing to volunteer his time with programs such as the Mt. Shasta Rotary Club, Big Brother Program, Hospice and the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden.

It is impossible to capture Roger's magnetic essence in words, yet he will forever be remembered as a man of incredible strength, determination, resilience, and heart. His wicked sense of humor and easy smile will be missed, as well as his sharp intellect, compassionate spirit, and thirst for knowledge. He was always one to prioritize time with his loved ones, to stop and smell the roses, to savor poetry, and to indulge in a big bowl of ice cream.

In death, Roger is reunited with his parents, his second wife Emily Zook, and close friends. He is survived by his two daughters, Melea and Arianna Kosel, his sisters Cathie and Jan Kosel, his nephew Andrew Kosel and niece Alison Kosel, as well as a diverse and remarkable community of friends and loved ones.

A celebration of life is being planned for the end of summer or beginning of fall. More details will be shared soon. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please consider a donation to the Siskiyou Land Trust (https://secure.donationpay.org/siskiyoulandtrust/) or Mercy Hospice (https://supportmercyfoundation.org/donate)

Posted online on July 15, 2021