Robert E. Coshow

Robert Elmo Coshow of Prineville died Jan. 22, 2005. He was 86 years old.
   A celebration of life gathering will be held in July. Inurnment in the family plot in the Pioneer section of Juniper Haven Cemetery will take place at that time. A further announcement of the time and place will be made later.
   Mr. Coshow was born Jan. 19, 1919, in Prineville to Price and Esley (Hoover) Coshow. His ancestors were among the first pioneers to settle in the Prineville/Ochoco country in 1868.
   After graduating from Crook County High School in 1937, he helped to build several structures still in existence, including the Crooked River Elementary School, which at that time was Crook County High School.
   He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1940 and served five years, including three and one-half years as a Japanese prisoner of war. He later wrote an account of his experiences as a POW.
   After the war, he worked as a heavy equipment operator on the West Coast, Hawaii, Alaska and Vietnam.
   He was a member of the Prineville Church of the Nazarene.
   He is survived by: a daughter, Nancy Brecks, of Boise; a son Price Coshow of Tualatin; a sister, Catherine Hoover, of Medford; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and many devoted nieces and nephews.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the Crook County Historical Society, 246 NE Main St., Prineville OR 97754.
   Prineville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.