The Rev. Dr. David H. Koss, 75, of Jacksonville, died Saturday, July 23, 2011, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
He was born Nov. 24, 1935, in Barrington, the son of William C.F. and Mabel F. Kampert Koss. He is survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews, as well as many close friends, especially Rudolf and Sharon Zuiderveld of Jacksonville. He was preceded in death by his father in 1938 and his mother in 1991.
Dr. Koss was a graduate of Barrington High School. He then earned a B.A. from North Central College, a B.D. from Evangelical Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, as well as doing graduate studies at Boston University. For five years, he served as Pastor of the United Methodist Church of Earlville, IL. In 1972, he accepted the position of Associate Professor of Religion at Illinois College, and was promoted to Professor of Religion and Philosophy in 1985. In 1991, he was installed as Scarborough Professor of Religion and Philosophy, becoming only the fifth person to occupy the distinguished chair since its establishment in 1924. He taught courses in the history of religion, and had traveled the world. Dr. Koss was a two-time winner of the Harry Joy Dunbaugh Classroom Teaching Award, the highest teaching award given at Illinois College. During Dr. Donald C. Mundinger’s presidency he stated, “As one of the senior members of the Illinois College faculty, David Koss has established a reputation for excellence in the classroom. His service to church, college, community, and family symbolizes the spirit of Illinois College and its entire faculty.”
Dr. Koss retained his connection to Barrington, where he grew up in the Evangelical Brethren, later United Methodist Church. He was an ordained Presbyterian Minister and a member of First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville. He was well known for his expertise in genealogy, especially with regard to people of German ancestry.
A Funeral and Celebration of Life Service will be held 4 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville. Family and friends may gather 3-4 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will be held 2 p.m. Friday at Evergreen Cemetery in Barrington. Memorials are suggested to the Mabel Kampert Koss Memorial Award at Illinois College. Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.buchanancody.com.