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“Kosachuk Family, Sorry to hear about the loss of Paul. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He was a wonderful man who cherished his...Read More »
1 of 42 | Posted by: Melissa Wolters - Stevensville, MI

“Barb, I am so sorry for your loss. Paul was very special and I know that he will be missed! May God bless you and give you comfort like only He can! ”
2 of 42 | Posted by: Vada Sherburn - Lawton, MI

“Dear Barb and family, We were so sadden to hear of Paul's passing. But what a joy to know he is with the Lord. We like everyone else appreciated...Read More »
3 of 42 | Posted by: Ed and Mariyn Newell - Dowagiac, MI

“Many years ago Paul and the entire Kosachuk family became wonderful neighbors and friends of our family. I will always remember the fun my Grandpa...Read More »
4 of 42 | Posted by: Candy Lausman Kollath - Bridgman, MI

“It's difficult to say good-bye when someone we love dies, To know we'll miss the laughter and the love found in their eyes. Yet much emptiness and...Read More »
5 of 42 | Posted by: Mike and Kathy Phipps - MI

“I am so sorry to hear that Paul has passed away. Our deepest sympathies to Barb and her family; you are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
6 of 42 | Posted by: Rick Bettig and Family - Cousin

“Paul was always happy. When I would come into the shop he had a smile on his face and was always willing to help out even in a pinch when he didn't...Read More »
7 of 42 | Posted by: Jim and Anita Kaylor - Estero, FL

“My thoughts are with the entire family in this time of sorrow. I will remember with very fond memories the times I spent with Paul during our family...Read More »
8 of 42 | Posted by: Genny Pottle

“We were so saddened over the news of Paul's passing. Paul was such a joy to see at the marina or his shop, we always enjoyed his stories, of his...Read More »
9 of 42 | Posted by: Phil & Candie Hornberger - MI

“Paul will be dearly missed. You could always count on having a great conversation with Paul. You could always count on getting a smile and a laugh...Read More »
10 of 42 | Posted by: Nate Schuman - Friend

“I met Paul and his wonderful family soon after they first arrived from Europe. Though they spoke little English, they were very hard workers in the...Read More »
11 of 42 | Posted by: Steven Scantlin - Washington, DC

“My Dear Sweet Barbie, My heart aches for you and your entire family in the loss of your hubby Paul. He will be greatly missed as his Joy in the...Read More »
12 of 42 | Posted by: Jeanne Wittmann - Stevensville, MI

“Paul was one of a kind. A strong enthusiastic Christian, giving and caring. He met you first with a smile and then with a hand shake. Our hearts go...Read More »
13 of 42 | Posted by: Lee & Lorraine Mikesell - MI

“How sad to hear of Paul's passing. He has always been a light to those around him, reflecting God's love to all who come into contact with him. I...Read More »
14 of 42 | Posted by: Mallory Milligan (formerly Alderink) - WA

“Our deepest sympathies to Barb and her family. It was a shock to learn of Paul's passing. It was always a pleasure to stop and talk to Paul and...Read More »
15 of 42 | Posted by: Chris & Christine Sprague

“Paul and I grew up at Napier Parkview Baptist. He was a happy, lovable guy who liked to joke around. He never seemed down or upset. My parents,Doug...Read More »
16 of 42 | Posted by: Susan Burr-Kreiger

“The Kosachuk family picnics was where we got to know Paul. He was a v ery friendly, outgoing, happy guy who made you feel very welcome. I know he...Read More »
17 of 42 | Posted by: Don & Dana Knoop - Longview, TX

“So sad to hear of Paul's homegoing. However, as many others have said, Paul is in a place where he is enjoying the delights of heaven, and not have...Read More »
18 of 42 | Posted by: Gary Simpson - Winter Havrn, FL

“Paul was a friendly, good Christian man. He was always helping others and always smiling, making others laugh. Barb, I know your Paul will see...Read More »
19 of 42 | Posted by: Bonnie Arnold - Longview, TX

“We met Paul a few times while working on boats in the St Joe area and he was always very nice. It is very sad to hear of a fellow fabricator...Read More »
20 of 42 | Posted by: Ginny's Custom Canvas

“So sorry for your sudden loss. Paul did such a wonderful job on our boat canvas and cover and we never got the chance before the end of boating...Read More »
21 of 42 | Posted by: Pam and Bill Pallatin - IN

“Paul was a great guy and we had many interesting talks and laughs together. He was a hard worker and an outstanding family man. He took great care...Read More »
22 of 42 | Posted by: Dave & Peggy Topping - MI

“Know and love the Kosachuk family. Sending prayers to you that time will ease your pain but not your memories. Love you guys! ”
23 of 42 | Posted by: The Beilman Family - Stevensville, MI

“Never forgot the large gift of support we received from his family to our family as missionaries. Paul was a good quiet man, very friendly and he...Read More »
24 of 42 | Posted by: Rich Goodwin - Minneapolis, MN

“Our hearts were filled with sadness when we heard of Paul’s sudden passing. Every time Eileen and I came to Michigan, we enjoyed stopping by the...Read More »
25 of 42 | Posted by: Harry and Eileen Bettig - Cousin

“I know Bill was there to greet Paul as the Lord brought him home. We always laughed about the fun we all had when Kelly and Ryan got married and we...Read More »
26 of 42 | Posted by: Kathy OConnor - Waverly,, OH

“May the light of your Lord continue to glow from the lives you touched. ”
27 of 42 | Posted by: Karen (March) Yates - friend

“Paul was such an encourager. He thought so highly of me that I thought highly of myself -- in a good way. Every time I'd come back to Napier...Read More »
28 of 42 | Posted by: Amy Mayfield - GRANTS PASS, OR

“Paul was a strong man of God. My thoughts are with the family as I know they mourn the lose of there loved one but celebrate in his entrance into...Read More »
29 of 42 | Posted by: Kim Prenkert Stewart - Benton, AR

“God saw you getting tired & staying was not to be. So He put His arms around you & whispered come with Me. A golden heart stopped beating, hard...Read More »
30 of 42 | Posted by: Nancy Sherwood - Stevensville, MI

“I was in shock to hear of Paul's passing. I just saw him a few days ago and was looking forward to seeing him first thing Monday morning. I have...Read More »
31 of 42 | Posted by: Sharon Davison-Brant - MI

“What a Shock to learn that Paul had died. Our sincere sympathy to you Barb and your family. I always liked talking with you ...Read More »
32 of 42 | Posted by: Walt & Marilyn Bartkowiak - IN

“Our deepest regards to Paul's family. We pray for God's peace and strength for you all during this time of grief and loss. Pastor Jack and Dee...Read More »
33 of 42 | Posted by: Jack and Dee Whitehead - Bridgman, MI

“Barb, Scott & Tina We were so shocked and saddened by Paul's passing. He was such a great guy and he will really be missed by all of us at Pier...Read More »
34 of 42 | Posted by: Pam and Tom Dailey - Lawrence , MI

“Sorry for your loss. he will be missed by very many. ”
35 of 42 | Posted by: Mike Boyd - Coldwater, MI

“Having just seen Paul recently (as usual, he was doing me a favor), I am amazed once again that someone so giving, positive, and with the appearance...Read More »
36 of 42 | Posted by: Tom Mikel - St. Joseph, MI

“I met Paul many years ago. I had the privilege of being a firefighter alongside of him. We were a crew, a team, but best of all we were friends. We...Read More »
37 of 42 | Posted by: Rudy (John) Haak

“Paul was a warm and caring man to all he met. During our friendship, there were stretches that we didn't bump into each other for years at a time. ...Read More »
38 of 42 | Posted by: Steve Schlutt - St. Joseph, MI

“Our love and prayers to you Barb and your family. Paul was such a great guy. He had such a love for life and always a smile when ever we saw him. ...Read More »
39 of 42 | Posted by: Dave & Linda Calahan - Friends

“You always felt welcome when you were with the Kosachuk family. I knew Scott when I was younger but later in my life when I met my (future) husband...Read More »
40 of 42 | Posted by: Brad and Jodi Mattner - Friend

“I have several hundred memories of my uncle, but one that stands out above the others is when he took my brother and I to the fire station and let us...Read More »
41 of 42 | Posted by: Stephen Arnold - Nashville, TN

“Paul was a great man, loving husband and father. He will be truly missed by all the lives he has touched. My prayers for Barb, Scott & Stacey,...Read More »
42 of 42 | Posted by: Darlene Skibbe-Ferrari - MI


Paul “Papa K” Kosachuk, 63, of St. Joseph passed away Saturday, January 8, 2011.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:00 A.M. Thursday, January 13, 2011 at Napier Parkview Baptist Church 245 W. Napier Ave. with Pastor J.O. Hosler officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery. Friends may visit from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at Starks & Menchinger Family Funeral Home 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to Napier Parkview Baptist Church or CIS Ministries. Those wishing to share a memory online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Paul was born July 19, 1947 in Rhede, Germany to Anton & Helene (Bettig) Kosachuk. On January 30, 1967 he married Barbara Kosachuk in Benton Harbor. Paul was a Lieutenant for the Benton Township Fire Department for many years and then became the owner of Peerless Canvas Products in St. Joseph. Paul was committed to and loved his Lord Jesus Christ, his family and his friends. He loved his wife Barb with great passion, and together they spent much time with their children and grandchildren. Paul and Barbs’ involvement in their church in many areas showed where their first priority lies. That is the winning of the lost to Christ and the growth of their family and fellow Christians. In his spare time he enjoyed playing the guitar, singing, traveling and spending time at his lake house.

Paul is survived by his wife Barbara “Barbie” Kosachuk of St. Joseph; son Scott (Staci) Kosachuk of St. Joseph; daughter Tina (Larry) Shane of St. Joseph; eight grandchildren Camaron Kosachuk, Brandyn Kosachuk, Rachel Kosachuk, Noah Wesley Kosachuk, Michael Shane, Anika Shane, Hannah Shane, and Kylee Shane; three sisters Helga Wolf, Mary (Steve) Arnold, Sandy (John) Babbel; brother Bill (Marcey) Kosachuk and many nieces and nephews. Paul was preceded in death by his parents and sister Anna Brauchler.