David Adam Kobos


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Oregon City, OR - David Adam Kobos passed away on July 25, 2019, surrounded by his family.

Born on July 24, 1943, in Salem, Massachusetts, David was the eldest son of Joseph and Frieda Kobos. He attended St. John's Preparatory School, graduated from Harvard with a major in Russian history, and received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Reed College. He then taught at Milwaukie High School in Oregon and at P.S. 2 in New York City. In 1969, he met Susan Kryewinske in New York City. They were married in 1970 and honeymooned by climbing Mt. St. Helens. In 1973, they started The Kobos Company, a retail and wholesale coffee and cookware business in Portland, Oregon, which they operated for 43 years.

Lovingly labeled "the consummate host" by his friends, David enjoyed cooking vegetables grown in his own garden and baking bread. Visitors to the house would be serenaded by the geese, chickens, and sheep that happily roamed the three-acre farm. While making dinner, David would talk about the latest farm story he was writing, recite a favorite poem, or count down the days until the next college football game.

David is survived by his wife, Susan; his siblings, Donald and Tricia; his children, Adam, Nora, and Julia; and his four grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to donate to The American Heart Association.
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Published on August 19, 2019
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Bob "Bobby" Mazurkiewicz
Aug 21, 2019
David aka "Da" was the oldest cousin on the Dobrosielski side of our family. He set the standard for us younger ones. He will be missed. Condolences to his entire family. A contribution to the American Heart Association in Da's honor is on its way.
Barbie Jo Creasy
Aug 19, 2019
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Aug 19, 2019
A great man before his time, an entrepreneur, he would make me laugh till I wet my pants, and as loving as they come. My deepest heartfelt sympathy to Kathy, Adam, Nora, Julia, grandchildren and all who knew my beloved cousin, “Da”
Don Kobos
Aug 19, 2019
Dave, I’ll miss you. Everyone would be better if they had a brother like you.
Frankie Mazurkiewicz
Aug 19, 2019
He will so be missed. David was so funny and a joy being around. The first born in our special family. No matter what your age. (Gone to soon!) God bless you David!!!