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Gary Koster

September 16, 1931 August 2, 2021
Gary Koster
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The Graveside Burial Service for Gary and Norma Koster will be held at the St. Ansgar Cemetery on September 25 at 1:00 in the afternoon. A Luncheon will follow the service in the Community Room at South Square (the old school building) 202 South Washington St. in St. Ansgar. Friends and Family are welcome to attend.

Gary Koster, the son of George and Ruth (Poer) Koster, was born September 16, 1931 in St. Ansgar, IA where he grew up and attended school. He graduated from St. Ansgar High School in 1949.
During high school and following graduation he worked for Wes and Lavone Eggleston in the St Ansgar Candy Kitchen. In 1951, he entered the United States Air Force, serving with the 31st Air Division and the 7280th Stock Control Squadron in Minneapolis, MN and Casablanca, Morocco. Following his honorable discharge in 1954 he attended railroad telegraphers school and entered into business. On June 10, 1956, he was united in marriage to Norma Loeschen at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in St. Ansgar. After their marriage he sold his business and attended Austin Junior College and Mankato State University where he graduated in 1959, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. Gary began his teaching career in Rapidan, MN and then moved to Worthington, MN where he taught at the junior and senior high schools until he retired in 1992. Gary also served as Executive Secretary/Treasurer for the Great Plains UniServ from 1972-1992. He served as Membership Chair, Treasurer and President of the Worthington Education Association for several years and was the Representative to the Minnesota and National Representative Assemblies on several occasions. Following retirement Gary was Assistant State Coordinator and an instructor of the 55 Alive Driving Program in Worthington. He was also a member of the Worthington Retired Educators Association, the Retired Educations Association of Minnesota, the National Retired Teachers Association, Golden K Kiwanis and Westminster Presbyterian Church in Worthington. He was a Deacon and Elder of the church and had served as Treasurer of Golden K Kiwanis.
Gary passed away on Monday, August 2, 2021, at his home in Worthington, MN.
Gary is survived by two daughters, Deanna Rowe and Angela (Paul) Sorenson, and grandchildren, Zachary Warfel, Nichole Rowe, Brandon Rowe, and Oliver Jablonski. He was preceded in death by his wife Norma; parents; brothers, George, Robert, and Jack; sisters-in-law, Regina (Fix), Bernice (Busse), and Shirley (Mouw), and nephews, Jeff and Steven Koster.
Private family services will be held.
Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is in charge of the arrangements.

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