passed away on Thursday, May 28, 2015. Born July 15, 1913 and raised in Katafygi, Greece, he was adopted as an infant by Thanas and Efthalia Kostas and was their only child. Beloved husband, father and business entrepreneur, he is survived by his seven children: Effie Taylor, Meli Alvarado, Athanasia Brenton, Koula Makridis, Stamo Ligonis, Dorothy Dougherty and Leo Kostas; 18 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; his young wife, Katina (Koulakatchas) Kostas; their infant son, Thanas Kostas, (who both died of tuberculosis during the German occupation of Greece in 1944); and his second loving wife of 63 years, Evrope (Terzopoulos) Kostas (d. March 2010).
He emigrated from Greece to Duluth, Minnesota in October 1951. Evrope and their 4 small daughters joined him 18 months later. The Kostas’ raised their growing family in Duluth; Menomonie, Wisconsin; and Warrensburg, Missouri. After a successful career in the restaurant business, the couple retired and lived in Columbia since 1985.
Alex Kostas was a kind, hard-working, generous man who loved his family and his adopted country. He enjoyed politics and had a life-long interest in boxing. Due to his efforts since the 1950s, living the American dream became a reality for well over 100 individuals (family, friends and later generations). Words cannot express the measure of love and admiration he has left in our hearts.
The family will receive friends at the Memorial Funeral Home/Memorial Park Cemetery, 10:00 am, Monday, June 1st, with graveside service following at 11:00 am. 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, Missouri.
The class of 1973 offers its condolences and sympathy to the Kostas family and friends on Alekos passing and a life well lived.