George Koesters was born on Aug. 27, 1931, in Buffalo, N.Y., to the late Irene and George A. Koesters. He was called to Heaven on March 31, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, Ga.
George met his wife, Ginny (Virginia) Davidson in Salina, Kan., and they were married at the Presbyterian Church there. After getting out of the Air Force as a Staff sergeant at Smoky Hill AFB-802nd Air Division, 40th Bomb Wing 45th and 44th, 301st Bomb Wing, 40th FMSQ, they made their home in Kenmore, N.Y., area after the service.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, John Davidson of Roswell, N.M., and sister-in-law, Alice Davidson of Cuba, Kan.
He is survived by his wife; and four sons, Michael of Gainesville, David (Kim) of Kingsport, Tenn., Mark (Marlec) of Madison, Ala., Daniel (Melinda Parris) of Roswell, Ga.; nine treasured grandchildren; sister, Judy (Arhtur) Kurtz; and two nephews of Murrells Inlet, S.C.; mother-in-law, Marcella Davidson Regenscheid; and brother-in-law, Jim Davidson, both of Cuba Kan.; two nephews.
George attended Syracuse University and played on its 1951 team and the University of Buffalo plus business schools before and after service. George was very active in baseball and basketball, teaching his sons in his footsteps, in which they all excelled. He was employed by Union Carbide, Ocean Systems, Samson Cordage, Perry Oceanographic and Nautilus Environmental (Hyperbaric Chambers), Teledyne Tri Bio Laboratories. He was everyone's problem solver. He was a member of the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce. He worked with the Boys Club and mainly little league baseball and basketball in the areas where he lived and especially in Westfield, Va. He was president of the high school booster club and belonged to the Kirkwood Presbyterian Church in West Springfield, Va. He became a WWII Historian, reading over 6,000 books which he owns and became a member of his beloved Atlanta WWII Round Table.
He was loved and admired by all and will be missed by any and all that had the pleasure to knowing and working with him. He will dearly be missed by his loving wife to whom he would have been married to for 60 years on June 5, 2014, and all his fantastic family.
Inurnment will take place at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga., on Friday, April 4, 2014, at 1 p.m. A visitation will be held at Little & Davenport Funeral Home on Saturday, April 5, 2014, from 2:30-3:00 p.m. A Memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Little & Davenport Funeral Home. The Rev. Danny Newbern will officiate as well as family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Atlanta WWII Round Table c/o Cmdr. Lee Weinstein, 4490 Crestwicke Point NE. Atlanta, GA 30319.
Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at littledavenport.com
Little & Davenport Funeral Home, 355 Dawsonville Highway SW, Gainesville, GA 30501, is in charge of arrangements.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home
355 Dawsonville Highway Southwest Gainesville, GA 30501
Published in gainesvilletimes.com on Apr. 2, 2014