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Fred Coss

Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 7:27 pm


Fred D. Coss, 83, of Vandalia, Mo., died at 2:09 am Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at his home surrounded by family.
Services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 15, 2022, at Waters Funeral Home. Pastor Glenn Forman officiated. Burial with full military honors was in the Vandalia Cemetery following the service.
Visitation celebrating Fred’s life was held at noon until the time of service Friday, April 15, 2022, at the Waters Funeral Home.
Fred was the second of four children, born on Nov. 24, 1938, in Vandalia, Mo., the son of Cloyd and Edna (Marshal) Coss.
He was united in marriage to Alice Jane Coss on Dec. 1, 1958 in Vandalia, Mo., and were married for 55 years. Alice died earlier on April 12, 2014.
His parents; one sister, Martha Burnett-Oncken; and one brother, Jim Coss, also died earlier.
Survivors include two daughters, Lori (Carl) Ulrich of Bowling Green, and Lisa Swarnes of Clarksville, Tenn.; five grandsons, Scott (Stephanie) Ulrich of Bowling Green, Richard (Ashley) Ulrich of Ewing, Robert (Megan) Ulrich of Vandalia, Isaac (Kaitlyn) Swarnes of Hannibal, and Noah Swarnes of Bowling Green; two granddaughters, Rachel (Tyler) Sims of Clarksville, Tenn., and Lydia (Daniel) Liguori of Wahiawa, Hawaii; sister, Dottie (Robert) Morris of Curryville; eight great grandchildren; and other loved family and friends.
Fred graduated from Vandalia High School, Class of 1956, and went on to further his education at Coyne Electrical College in Chicago, Ill. He honorably served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1964, serving in South Korea.
Fred retired from McDonald Douglas (Boeing) after 38 years of service.
Fred was a member of Elm Grove Baptist Church, where he served as a past deacon and treasure. He also helped out with the Salt River Baptist Association. Fred loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a tech savvy person and loved his electronics and photography. He enjoyed simple things from an ice cream at Dairy Queen to a Pepsi.
Pallbearers were be Scott Ulrich, Richard Ulrich, Mitch Ulrich, Noah Swarnes, Randy Landman and Isaac Swarnes.
Memorial contributions may be made to Elm Grove Baptist Church, Salt River Baptist Association, or the Pike County Hospice, in care of Waters Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be made to the family on Fred’s memorial page at