Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Allyn Peter Kossler

Allyn Peter Kossler, 70, of Ketchum, Idaho, our loving husband, friend and especially my father, passed on March 14, 2009, at his home in East Fork.

Allyn was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Oct. 18, 1938, to Peggy and Herman Kossler. He was raised in Southern California by his mother and her new husband, Phillip Eugene Gordon. It was there that he fell in love with the ocean and discovered his passion for surfing. At the age of 19 he hopped on a train for Sun Valley, Idaho, where he worked at the Sun Valley Lodge. Then he found his new love, the mountains and rivers. He returned to Hermosa Beach, Calif., where he became co-owner of the world famous Jacobs Surf Shop. He successfully ran the company until selling it and returning to Sun Valley. It was here that he started snowboarding and became an accomplished fly fisherman. He absolutely loved spending his days on the mountain and ending it off with his fly rod on the river.

Everyone who ever met Allyn knew he was a special person with nothing but love in his heart. He affected so many people in such a positive way and cared about his friends and family tremendously. The loss of our friend and family member will forever be felt. We will remember him for his infectious smile and his warm embrace. We love you and miss you. May the sun always be upon your face and the wind upon your back, and the winds of destiny to carry you aloft to dance with the stars. I love you, Dad, and I will forever miss you and keep you in my heart.

Allyn is survived by his loving wife, Valerie; his son, Brody; his stepchildren, Shane Haile and Tiffany McQueen; his only grandchild, Devlin McQueen; and the countless friends and family that he affected through his life.

Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date.

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