David Charles Kobs, age 78, passed away July 16, 2019 peacefully at his home in Buchanan, WI. Dave was born August 27, 1940 in Appleton to John Gustave and Ethel Ann (Bruce) Kobs.
He graduated from Appleton West HS in 1958 and then served his country as a Marine for four years. In 1963, he married Delores (Lorrie) Hengel. They resided in Kimberly for 23 years and raised 4 children; Terri, John, Vicki, and Brian. In 1988, he married Elsie (nee Miller) Knott and shared his life with her until her passing in 2011. Dave was employed by Appleton Coated / Locks Mill for 37 years, retiring in 2002 as the lead Millwright.
He was an avid bowler (earning a 299 ring), pool player, and later black jack player. He and Elsie spent a lot of their time at their trailer in Fremont and traveling to various casinos “collecting cards for union meetings”. He enjoyed playing cribbage and Sheepshead with friends and family. He was the “perfect baby pillow”. He loved snuggling his kids, grandkids, and babies, and gave the best bear hugs.
Dave’s motto for life was quality not quantity; he wanted to live not just exist. In March 2018, he hosted a party to share memories and laughs with family and friends. He was very happy he did and really enjoyed and appreciated seeing so many people from his past and present.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ethel Kobs; his only sibling, Bruce Kobs; his wife, Elsie Kobs; and his step-son, Steven Knott.
He is survived by his children and (grandchildren): Terri (Kobs) Gravitt & fiance’ Chris Paape (Bryce Fontecchio, Lillie, & Sidney Paape), John & Cheryl Kobs (Tyler & Travis), Vicki (Kobs) & Doug Tessen (Kayla, Raechel, & Jared), and Brian Kobs (Alex); his step children: Mike & Barb Knott, Denise Knott (widow of Steve), Lynn Knott, Kay (Knott) Tucker, Roy Jr. & Rose Knott, and many step grandchildren and great grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Carla (Ploetz) Kobs, and his nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family would like to express sincere appreciation to Compasses, his special care givers, and friends that brought quality to the last years of dad’s life journey and allowed him to stay in his home. Your visits and care meant a lot to him.
Visitation will be at Verkuilen - Van Deurzen Funeral Home (formerly Boettcher), 2401 Fieldcrest Dr., Kaukauna on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with a short service to follow.
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