Retired farmer and businessman Clarence Koester, 94, died Sunday, June 9, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Society in Syracuse. Clarence was born to Fred and Anna (Seggebruch) Koester in Cissna Park, Ill., on June 12, 1918.
When Clarence was three, the family moved to Nebraska and settled on a farm northwest of Otoe. On April 30, 1941, Clarence married Viola Engelbrecht and the two of them raised their family, farmed and fed livestock on this same place for 40 years.
In 1981 Clarence retired from farming and he and Vi moved to Syracuse where they built a new home and a warehouse for their Koester Seed and Chemical business. Clarence was a DeKalb dealer for 53 years and held a variety of positions in various community organizations.
He was an active, life-long member of First Lutheran Church, (North Branch) of rural Avoca, serving on the Church Council, the Building Committee and the Cemetery Board. He was also a life member of Nebraska City Elks Lodge 1049.
Clarence enjoyed spending time with family, playing cards, golfing and visiting with friends. He and Vi also thoroughly enjoyed their time serving as German Fest King and Queen in 1995.
Clarence was preceded by wife Vi in 1998; brothers Edwin, Art and Wilbert; sisters Mathilda Emshoff and Alma Minderman; son-in-law Dale Stolle; and an infant great grandchild.
He is survived by five daughters: Judy (Bruce) Smith of Grand Island, Bonnie (Gene) Sisco of Syracuse, Nancy Stolle of Grand Island, Vicky Gartner of Lincoln, and Deb (Harlan) Jacobson of Newman Grove; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be at Fusselman-Allen-Harvey Funeral Home from 1-9 p.m. with family greeting friends from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, at First Lutheran Church, (North Branch), rural Avoca.
Memorials are suggested to First Lutheran Church or donor’s choice.
Fusselman-Allen-Harvey Funeral Home, Syracuse, is in charge of the arrangements.