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James A. Rost

October 10, 1932 July 22, 2019
James A. Rost
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James A. Rost
Of Palatine

James Rost was born on October 10, 1932 in Red Lion, Pennsylvania to Earl and Erma (nee Husan) Rost. He died Monday, July 22, 2019 at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Jim graduated from Gettysburg College, Gettysburg PA, with a degree in economics. He did post graduate work at Syracuse University, St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, and St. Joseph’s College in Philadelphia. After serving as an Officer in the United States Air Force, Jim joined Arthur Andersen & Co. as a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

Expanding his career into the food service industry, Jim joined ARA Services, Inc., Philadelphia, where he was Senior Vice President, Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Board of Directors. While there, he also served on the Board of Directors of VS Services, Ltd., a publicly traded Canadian affiliate. Jim joined Interstate United as President and Chief Executive Officer. He continued briefly as Executive Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors of Canteen Corporation after Canteen's parent company Transworld Corporation purchased Interstate United.

Jim served on the board of Directors of National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) in 1980, becoming Chairman of the Board of Directors in 1986. In 1988 Jim became President and Chief Executive Officer of NAMA, retiring in 1998.

Jim had many interests and hobbies, and was active in numerous business and civic organizations. He also served on the Advisory Council for the Marquette University School of Business. Jim's love of travel took him all over the world. He particularly enjoyed the US National Parks, especially Yellowstone, where he could enjoy his love of nature to the fullest. Jim enjoyed sailing, fishing, carpentry, the Cubs, and the Blackhawks. He was a loving and devoted father and grandfather and loved spending time with, and sharing his love of travel with his family.

Jim is survived by his wife Rita Rost (nee Lopez); his children Alice (Thomas) Kecseg, Philip (Patricia) Rost, Jeanette "Jenny" Staiger and John (Fiance Karen Rupley) Rost; his grandchildren Patrick (Kristina) O'Neill, Amy O'Neill, Marina Staiger and Jack Staiger; his step-grandchildren Jillian Kecseg, Matthew Kecseg and Paige (Andrew) Brudniak; his step great-grandchild Emily Kecseg; his sisters Jean (late George) Schenck and Elizabeth (late Charles) Ness; his friend Judy Gilpin; and his sons-in-law Kevin O'Neill and William Staiger; he was also survived by many cousins, nephews and their spouses, as well as many friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Earl (late Florine) Rost, Jr.

Visitation Friday, August 9, 2019 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm at Glueckert Funeral Home Ltd., 1520 N. Arlington Heights Road, (4 blocks south of Palatine Rd.) Arlington Heights, IL 60004. Memorial Service Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 11:00am at the funeral home. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the National Park Foundation, 1110 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC, or a charity of your choice.

Funeral Information and condolences can be given at www.GlueckertFuneralHome.com or (847) 253-0168.


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Visitation

Friday

9

Aug

5:00 PM 8/9/2019 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 8/9/2019 8:00:00 PM
Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd.

1520 N. Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd.
1520 N. Arlington Heights Road Arlington Heights 60004 IL
United States

Memorial Service

Saturday

10

Aug

11:00 AM 8/10/2019 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 8/10/2019 12:00:00 PM
Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd.

1520 N. Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd.
1520 N. Arlington Heights Road Arlington Heights 60004 IL
United States

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National Park Foundation

1110 Vermont Avenue, NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC
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