William Costas loved having the opportunity to serve others, said his wife, Diane Costas.
“It didn’t matter who they were, he loved people and treated everyone with dignity,” she said. “No matter how his day started, he said when he walked down the first aisle (of his store) and greeted a few customers, he was in a good mood.”
William Costas, 84, of Valparaiso, died July 23. He founded Wilco Foods in Miller in 1962, then owned and operated Costas Foods from 1972 to 1988.
He was a member of Liberty Bible Church and was on the board of AMG International for 19 years, including 16 years as director.
He was elected to the Indiana Senate in 1980 and served until 1988.
Diane Costas said her husband put God first and his family second, and the couple prayed together morning and evening.
“Bill was a godly man, loving me, our six children, delighting in his 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren,” she said.
Son Jay Costas said his father was a true entrepreneur.
“(He saw) the vision of what supermarkets were becoming when he was a buyer at Gary Produce and talked his then father-in-law into financing Wilco Foods,” he said. “He was a generous man. He would often borrow to give it away.”
Daughter Marcy Romeos said her father lived life intentionally.
“Life never ‘just happened’ to my dad. He always saw the hand of God in the good things and in the difficult things,” she said. “He was content with little and with much. But whatever ‘much’ he was given, he thanked the Lord and gave it back to the Lord in whatever way he felt led.”
Daughter Jamie Carlson said her father was always loving and encouraging with his children and grandchildren, as well as with others.
“Dad took every opportunity to teach us, love us, pray with us and for us and to speak into our lives,” she said. “I thank God for giving us a Dad that lived his life so intentionally and loved us each so fully.”