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Robert Jerome Koster

April 4, 1935 July 17, 2009
Robert Jerome Koster
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Obituary for Robert Jerome Koster

Brewster, MN
     Robert Jerome Koster, 74, was born on April 4, 1935 in Brewster, MN.  He was the son of Fred and Rosella (McCarvel) Koster.  Robert attended school in Brewster and graduated from Brewster High School in 1953.  After high school, he served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany.  After leaving the service, Bob pursued a career as a carpenter, which he did for over 45 years.  He built many homes in southwest MN and northwest Iowa.
     Robert married Rita Mae (Liepold) on April 15, 1961 and were married close to 48 years.  They made their home in the Brewster area where they resided all their lives.
     Over the past few years, you would find Bob working at the Brewster Lumber Co, where he was still able to give his friends a hard time.  Bob enjoyed gardening, camping, and fishing and was known for his incredible flower garden.   Bob mostly enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren as he visited them throughout the year.  Robert was a lifelong member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and a member of the Knights of Columbus for many years.  Bob died on Friday, July 17, 2009 at the Luther Haven Nursing Home in Montevideo, MN after battling lung cancer since April 2009.
     Robert is survived by his four children, Thomas (Paula) Koster, of Onalaska, WI, Daniel (Marlene) Koster, of Minnetonka, MN, Maria (Rick) Regner, of Napoleon, ND, and Laura Jean (Steve) Herfurth, of Montevideo, MN; ten grandchildren, Allison, Paul Thomas, and Cierra Koster, Benjamin and Natalie Koster, Brittany, Brianna and Megan Regner, and John and Preston Herfurth; his brother, Fritz (Mattie) Koster, of Melba, ID; his mother-in-law, Agatha Liepold, of Heron Lake, MN; his sister-in-law, Fidelis (Cletus) Freking, of Heron Lake, MN; cousin Sandy (Richard) Thompson, of Lakefield, MN, and several nieces and nephews.  Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Rita Mae, his parents, and infant daughters, Bonnie Jean and Sarah.
     Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at 10:30 a.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Brewster, Minnesota, with Father Charles Quinn officiating.  Casket bearers will be Steve McNab, Steve Neumann, Randy Thompson, Troy Thompson, Alan Freking, and Jake Smith.  Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Brewster.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 2009, from 5-7 pm at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Brewster.
Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is in charge of the arrangements.


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