Kenneth Coester


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Kenneth J. "Kenny" Coester, 62, died at 7:09 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at his residence in Brazilton, Kan., surrounded by his family.

Kenny was born July 16, 1950, in Walnut, Kan., a son of Raymond and Louise (McClelland) Coester. Kenny and his family moved to Brazilton in 1955 where he attended District 12 School through the eighth grade and graduated from Girard High School in Girard, Kan., in 1968.

Kenny was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Brazilton, being confirmed in 1963, with membership transferred to Trinity Lutheran Church in Girard after the closure of Zion Lutheran Church.

Kenny served in the U.S. Army from 1969 until receiving an honorable discharge in 1975.

Kenny was a member of the George C. Brown Post No. 26, American Legion of Girard since 1969, serving as Commander in 1977.

Kenny married Cheryl Sturgeon in 1971 and they divorced in 1983. He married Sue Fraze on March 10, 1984, in his parent's home in Brazilton. They made their home in Chanute, Kan., from 1984 until moving to Brazilton in 1993.

Kenny was a charter member of the Brazilton Ruritan and the Brazilton Rural Fire Department. Kenny helped with the Hepler Hustlers 4-H Club and the Crawford County Fair from 1995 until 2007.

Kenny joined the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union No. 664 in 1974, traveling the United States as a welder before retiring from Local Union No. 441 due to ill health in May 2012. He worked the last 15 years for Piping and Equipment as a field superintendent.

Kenny enjoyed hunting and fishing with his sons and watching their sporting events, watching his grandchildren's activities and playing slots with Sue.

Survivors are his wife, Sue, of the home; sons, Aaron Coester and his wife Melissa of Girard, and Dustin Coester and his fiancé Lindsey of Walnut; grandchildren, Mackenzie, Alex and Maddie; brothers, Don Coester and his wife Betty Ann of Chanute, and Jim Coester and his wife Cindy of Brazilton; sisters, Dorothy Pierce and her husband George of Pittsburg, Betty Best of Girard, Jo Ann Workman and her husband Don of Pittsburg, and Karen Oesch and her husband Cliff of Phoenix, Ariz.; special brother, Jack Blevins and his wife Jana of Garnett, Kan.; special friends, Red Sturgeon and Cheryl and Bill Correll; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, stepnieces and stepnephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, Bill Fraze; mother and stepfather-in-law, Lenora and Howard Johnson; sisters, Vera Willey and Vida Toney; nephew, Kevin Coester; great-nieces, Alyssa Dawn Allen and Kennedy Coester; and brothers-in-law, Jan Fraze, Roger Willey and Ted Best.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Girard with Pastor Mark Wenzelburger officiating. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery at Brazilton with military honors given by the George C. Brown Post No. 26, American Legion of Girard.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Girard where friends may call after 11 a.m. Friday.

Memorials are suggested to the George C. Brown Post No. 26, American Legion Building Fund and these may be left at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 518 W. St. John, Box 258, Girard, KS 66743.

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