Donald Joseph Koester, 72, of Ovid, passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in Castle Rock. A visitation was held on Jan. 20 at Austin-Tennant Funeral Home and a Mass of Christian burial was held on Jan. 21, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Julesburg with Fr. Bryan Ernest celebrating. Interment followed at the Ovid Cemetery.
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Don was born on Nov. 19, 1940, in Sidney to Henry John Koester and Helen (Nienhuser) Koester. He attended grade school and high school in Peetz, where he graduated from. After high school Don attended the Cleveland School of Meat Cutting in Toledo, Ohio.
His career began working in grocery stores like Decker's in Sidney, Neb., and U-Save in Sterling. He owned a small meat processing plant in Greeley, and after selling to his partner returned to Ovid and built D & L Meat Co. Inc and operated from 1976-2011.
He ran the business with his wife Linda "Weinbender" Koester, whom he married on Sept. 26, 1964 and they were married at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Julesburg. They were married for 47 years.
Don was a member of the Ovid Lions Club, served on the Ovid Town Council and was also a part of the Elks and Moose Lodge for many years in Ogallala, Neb. His life and hobby was his work. He loved what he did and took pride in being honest and producing a superior product of value to his customers. He attended many annual meat conventions where he would enter and compete for the processing of hams, bacon, beef jerky and beef sticks.
Don loved to laugh and enjoyed greeting his customers even while busy processing meat. He was known for his one-line jokes and enjoyed telling them over a cold beer. He was a simple man that cared sincerely for people and wanted to do what was right. He influenced many young men that worked for him over the years and taught them a valuable work ethic that they all have held onto in the work they do today. He loved playing baseball growing up and in Oct. 17, 1989, was sitting in box seats at Candlestick Park in San Francisco ready to watch the World Series when the earthquake hit the city. He and Linda survived and he vowed never to go to California again.
Don passed away from complications of dementia.
He is survived by his daughter, Dana Koester-Hicks and husband Edgar of Denver; grandson, Jared Koester and wife Evelyn Koester of Denver; step-granddaugher, Danielle Hicks of Denver; step-greatgrandson, Kellin of Denver; brothers, Robert Koester and wife Bonnie of Ogallala, Jerry Koester of Scottsbluff, Charles Koester and wife Jean of Greeley, Ed Koester and wife Pam of Peetz; and sister, Geraldine Button and husband Jerry of Denton, Texas; and many neices and nephews.
He was proceded in death by his wife, Linda; parents, Henry and Helen; sisters, Dorothy Treinen and MaryAnn Cooper; and brother, John.
Memorials may be made to the Donald Koester Memorial Fund in care of Austin-Tennant Funeral Home, P.O. Box 24, Julesburg, CO 80737.
Published in Journal Advocate on Jan. 28, 2013