TEMPLE, Texas — Lester Leo Koster, 86, of Temple, Texas, passed away.
Interment will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, 11463 TX-195, Killeen, Texas 76542.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2016 Marlandwood Rd, Temple, Texas 76502. Seating will be limited at the church. The service will be live streamed at www.facebook.com/tlctemple. Blessed be his memory.
Lester Leo Koster was born in Lincoln County, Minn., February 19, 1934, to Leo Koster and Esther Trautman Koster. He was the oldest sibling of seven children. He attended District #50 Lincoln County Rural School where he was the only student in his class through the eighth grade. Les was confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Verdi, Minn., in March, 1948. He attended high school in Lake Benton, Minn., lettering in basketball, baseball and football and graduating in 1952.
After graduation, Les worked at the local lumber yard in Lake Benton until he entered the US Army from 1954-56. In the Army, Les was an artillery crewman, private first class assigned to A BTRY 94th AAA BN. While in the service, he was a catcher for the army baseball team stationed in Germany. After the Army, Les attended Mankato State.
He married Carol Hagedorn June 21, 1959. He graduated from Mankato State with a major in accounting and a minor in economics in 1962. Les was an Auditor for the Office of the Inspector General, USDA in Watertown. He also worked in Lenexa, Kan., and Huron, where he was promoted to Audit Supervisor. In 1979, Les became an Assistant Regional Inspector General in Temple, Texas. He held this position until he retired in 2000.
His interests included: bowling, golf, duplicate bridge, fishing, hunting and watching all sports especially the Texas Longhorns and the Minnesota Vikings. The highlight of his golf years was winning the Huron Invitational Golf Tournament in 1976, as well as winning the OIG Retiree Poky Open. His passion also included restoring vintage Mustangs. He was a devout Christain and member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Positions that he held on the church council included, president and then treasurer for many years.
He was a loving and attentive husband, father, brother, uncle and grandfather. His life motto was: God first, family second and then work.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Koster of Temple; daughters, Betsy (Herman) Perez of Temple and Vava (Bill) Terhune of San Antonio; three grandsons, John Zarsky, Will Terhune, and Bryce Terhune. He is also survived brothers, David (Elizabeth) Koster Elizabeth of Marshall, Minn., Byrl (Karen) Koster of Tyler, Minn., Dale (Sharron) Koster of Atlanta, Ga., Joel (Kathy) Koster of Lake Benton, Minn.; sister, Diann (Gene) Moon of Burnsville, Minn.; brother-in-law, Jerry Kuhn of Waseca, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews.
Lester is preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Esther; and a sister, Verna Kuhn.
In lieu of flowers memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church 2106 Marlinwood Rd. Temple, Texas 76502 or to the Cultural Activities Center 3011 N. 3rd Temple, Texas, 76501 would be appreciated.