James Harold Kostek Obit

JAMES HAROLD KOSTEK, 76, died May 2, 2023, in Lake Havasu City, AZ.
He was born to William Kostek and Grace (Warner) Peck on Jan. 4, 1947. After graduating from Brainerd High School, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he served two tours in Viet Nam. After 12 years in the Marines, he joined the United States Navy Reserve and retired from military service after 24 years. He spent time in Saudi Arabia training the Royal Saudi Navy.
He loved to travel and was a history buff. His love for the military took him all over the country. He was involved in over 23 military organizations. He was a Past Commander for the VFW in Brainerd.
He is survived by five children, Leona (Johnathan) Miller, Big Fork; Rachel (Martin) Harris of Burlington, NC; Norma (Curt) Wilson of Zimmerman; Emily (Craig) Woodward of Lafayette, CO; a son, Andrew (Kelly) Kostek of Jacksonville, NC; one brother, Jack (Terry) Peck of Nisswa; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and a long-time companion Phyllis Stall.
He is preceded in death by his father, mother, and four brothers, Joe and John Kostek, Ed and George Peck.
A graveside service with full military honors will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m., at the family plot in Evergreen Cemetery, Brainerd. There will be a time of fellowship at the Brainerd VFW at noon.