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In Memory of

John Kosareff

June 30, 1924 - August 4, 2017

Obituary


The last son and sixth child of seven, John Kosareff was born on June 30, 1924 to Mike Kosareff and Fay Nickolavna Kosareff in Helm, California (approximately 30 miles southwest of Fresno). Known in his youth as Johnnie, John's parents emigrated to the United States from Russia in 1905 to escape religious persecution and for economic opportunities the United States offered. Settling first in the Central Valley to farm, John, his father and siblings moved to East Los Angeles after Fay died in childbirth two years after his birth. As a child John loved animals...

The last son and sixth child of seven, John Kosareff was born on June 30, 1924 to Mike Kosareff and Fay Nickolavna Kosareff in Helm, California (approximately 30 miles southwest of Fresno). Known in his youth as Johnnie, John's parents emigrated to the United States from Russia in 1905 to escape religious persecution and for economic opportunities the United States offered. Settling first in the Central Valley to farm, John, his father and siblings moved to East Los Angeles after Fay died in childbirth two years after his birth. As a child John loved animals and all things mechanical on wheels. He was also industrious and began working at an early age, selling The Los Angeles Times, helping in his father's rubbish business and working in a tire factory. As a young man he began driving truck for Azusa Rock and Sand about the time he met Susan Alder at the annual Russian Molokan picnic in 1949. They married the following year on June 25, 1950 and eventually bought their first home in what is now known as Pico Rivera. Their first child, Steven was born the following year on August 14 and a daughter, Carol followed on December 27, 1954. About this time John bought his first 18-wheeler dump truck and trailer and began working for himself hauling for Azusa Rock.



The Kosareffs bought a home in a new subdivision in Charter Oak surrounded by citrus groves and eucalyptus trees in May 1956. Unable to sell their current home it took them until February 1957 to make the move to Garsden Avenue. John worked hard on the home's yards to remove large rocks, bring in topsoil and plant dichondra lawns in the front and back yards. He also built the brick wall surrounding the back yard which still stands today more than 50 years later. Three alder trees in the front yards and ivy curbside completed the yard until a used-brick planter was added a few years later. John continued to grow his business adding a truck when Debbie was born on October 21, 1958 and Diane, later on July 14, 1960. John continued to add trucks to his business and by now, for several years, they were making long-distance hauls with materials from the desert, some far away as Death Valley. He also purchased mining equipment such as skip loaders and bulldozers to build his business. He eventually downscaled his business to just one truck and trailer which he proudly built from a kit saving substantial money in the process. John drove truck-and-trailer for over 50 years finally retiring at the age of 80 in 2004. He and Susan continued to enjoy traveling to Laughlin, Nevada to visit their daughters nearby-and, the casino slot machines which they both enjoyed playing.



John was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother and cousin to the many who knew and loved him. He was a man of deep faith and personal conviction and integrity. He loved to talk to people from those he knew intimately to those he just met, telling them stories of his trucks, cars, and life mining and delivering materials for various companies. He wife, Susan; parents, Mike and Fay; and brothers and sisters, Morris, Bill, Pete, Julie, Pat and Sue preceded him in death. He is survived by his children, Steven, Carol, Debbie and Diane and three grandsons, Michael, Dylan, and Devyn.



To view a slide show of John's life on Facebook go to or click on the link: https://www.facebook.com/steve.kosareff/videos/10209581177155039