RAYMOND “RAY” KOSTER
Raymond “Ray” Koster, 76, of Laddonia, Mo., died at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at his home.
Born June 30, 1937, in Cawker City, Kan., he was the son of Henry and Susan Thomas Koster. On May 6, 1961, he married Yvonne Catherine Bowman in Dallas City, Ill.
Raymond worked for Champion Spark Plug in general set up for 30 years, retiring in 1992.
He was a 1955 graduate of Cawker City High School in Cawker City, Kan.
He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving during the Korean War from September 28, 1955 until September 26, 1958. He received the Good Conduct Medal and the Expert Rifleman Medal.
He was a member of Saint John’s Catholic Church in Laddonia, Mo., where he was an usher and frequently a carrier of gifts. He was also a member and past President of the Eagles Club where he was a member since 1966. He was an honorary member of the Knights of Columbus, a lifetime member of the VFW, a member of the UAW Veteran Local 1237, and an Eagle Riders 150 Charter member. He was a handyman, specializing in woodworking.
Survivors include his wife, Yvonne of Laddonia, Mo.; two sons, Bill (Shannon) Koster of Rock Hills, Mo. and Byron (Robin) Koster of St. Peters, Mo.; two daughters, Marcy (Pat) Knauss of Burlington and Raylene (Rodney) McDowell of Gladstone, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Maggie Moore, Alex Brueck, Mikayla Field, Sean Koster, Austin Koster, Miranda Knauss, Tanner Pineiro, and Makenna McDowell; one great-granddaughter, Ony’Khah Green; four brothers, Charles (Leona) Koster of Lakewood, Colo., Cecil Koster of Cawker City, Kan., Robert Koster of Cawker City, Kan., and Hank (Phyllis) Koster of Salina, Kan.; three sisters, Delores Quenzer of Wichita, Kan., Marilyn (Wayne) Lingg of Alma, Neb., and Janice Koster of Loveland, Colo.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Richard, Harold, and Jerome Koster, one sister Marcella Hyde, one son, Patrick Henry Koster, and one granddaughter, Abigail Rae Moore.
The family will receive friends following a 5 p.m. Rosary Service until 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Beinhoff Funeral Home, 208 W. Third Street, Laddonia, Mo. 63352.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. with the family to receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Thielen Funeral Home, 3940 Division Street Burlington, Iowa 52601.
The Funeral Mass of the Resurrection for Mr. Koster will be 10 a.m., Thursday, May 1, 2014 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 700 Division Street, Burlington, Iowa 52601. Rev.
Father Marty Goetz will be the Celebrant and Father Bruce DeRammelaere will be the Concelebrant. Music will be provided by the Des Moines County Resurrection Choir. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Full military honors will be rendered by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard.
A time of food and fellowship will be held at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Burlington Aerie 150 following the burial.
Memorials have been established for St. John’s Catholic Church and St. John’s Food Pantry in Laddonia, Mo.
Thielen Funeral Home & Crematory is in care of the arrangements.
A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Ray’s obituary at www.thielenfuneralhome.com.