Steven L. Coss

Thursday, August 22, 2019
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Steven L. Coss, 68, of Pierre, passed away Aug. 12, 2019.  A Memorial Open House will be held in Steven’s honor from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 at the American Legion Cabin in Pierre.  

Steven Lynn Coss was born Sept. 13, 1950, in Miller South Dakota. He was the eldest son of John (Bill) Coss and Elaine Coss-Hanson.

As a young boy, Steve had a knack of getting himself in trouble. When he wasn’t busy putting worms down his older sister Deb’s shirt, he was chasing Becky and Theresa around with a toad. Steve often bragged about having the tallest swing in town. That was actually a true statement, because Dad made it from old telephone poles and he could swing higher than the neighbor’s house.

Steve spent his employment years doing a variety of jobs. He worked in the Homestake Gold Mine in Lead, South Dakota, and fought wild fires in the Black Hills and Montana. Steve also worked sandblasting and painting water towers throughout the Midwest. He was later employed at Red Lodge Mountain Ski Resort.

Health issues caused Steve to move back to Pierre, South Dakota. While in Pierre, he was employed at Lariat Lanes Bowling Alley and worked part-time on area farms.

The one thing that Steve enjoyed most in life was working with animals. While in Montana, he spent the majority of his free time at the Beartooth Nature Center (now the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary). It provides refuge for animals unable to return to the wild. While living in Pierre, Steve was an avid volunteer and later employed at PAWS Animal Rescue, Inc. He had a real gift for working with scared animals that were abused or neglected. Steve was extremely disappointed when his health stopped him from spending time at PAWS.

When Steve wasn’t helping at PAWS, he could often be found helping and hanging out with the car racing family at Oahe Speedway. Steve’s other joys were his artwork and photography. People would ask to purchase some of his work, but he refused to sell. A few people were able to talk Steve out of a picture and once in a blue moon Steve would gift a piece of his work.

Steve was also an avid angler, and knew of many great spots and even received several awards for his catches.

Steve will be missed by his surviving brothers and sisters: Debra Coss-Fricke, Zachary (Agnes) Coss, Rebecca Coss Stack, Theresa Hawman Benz, Jordan Coss and Aunt and Uncle Mike and Peggy Namanny; his nieces and nephews: Amy, Gabriel, John, Adam, Cristina, Tyson, Melia, Macy, McKenzie, Kristin, Holly, John, and Anne along with a multitude of great-nieces and nephews and a large extended family.  Steve was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters: Victoria Elizabeth Coss and Mary Dawn Ropp.

Steven donated his body to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester for research and education. This and organ donation is important to him and his other family members. His parents Bill and Elaine and Uncle Jim Coss contributed their bodies to the Mayo Clinic as well.  His sister Mary Dawn Ropp and brother-in-law Pat Benz were Montana organ donors. His brother-in-law Ron Fricke donated in Washington State.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Steven’s name.  Condolences may be conveyed to the family at


Upcoming Events

  • Monday, September 16, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, September 20, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
  • Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 11:30am
    Ross Orchards, located at 111 North Street in Fromberg, is proud to announce the opening of a farm stand this Fall. The orchard will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays noon - 5 p.m. starting Sept. 21 and closing Oct. 13. The orchard is working in conjunction with the Last Chance Pub and Cider Mill and Red Lodge Ales to offer fun, family-friendly events.   Every weekend apples, fresh apple cider pressed with apples from the orchard, apple pastries, local honey, food, hard cider, and beer will be available.  There will also be pumpkins and a variety of local produce for sale. Additionally, each weekend will have a different event. Sept. 21 - 22 – Cider and Salutations yoga 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Sept. 28 – A farm to table dinner at 5 p.m. catered by the Last Chance Pub’s chef Kevin McNourlin. The dinner will feature local foods paired with cider. Contact to reserve seats (limit 40) Oct. 5 - 6 - Kidz Dayz. Bounce house, pumpkin carving, face painting and tractor rides through the orchard. Oct. 12- Orchard run 5k. A family-friendly run/walk through Ross Orchards. Visit to sign up. Sam Hoffmann, President of Red Lodge Ales, remarked, “it has been fun to get to know John, Laura, Hilary, and Elizabeth Ross over the last ten plus years. Together we have pruned, picked apples, and made cider on a home brew level and now commercially. We are proud to share our work with the public.” John Ross, owner of Ross Orchards, adds, “The orchard has always been a source of pride and happiness for me.  Our family has enjoyed working with Sam and Lindsey Hoffmann and their employees. We look forward to the success of Orchard days.” Contact for more info: John Ross 406-671-9614,; Sam Hoffmann 406-425-4607,; Lindsey Hoffmann 406-425-3734,  

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