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Wayne T. Koester

May 29, 1958 November 16, 2018
Wayne T. Koester
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Obituary for Wayne T. Koester

We lovingly celebrate the life of Wayne Theodore Koester who was born May 29, 1958 in Killeen, Texas to Ted & Lois (Buchele) Koester. He was raised in Mansfield, SD and graduated from Northwestern High School in 1976. He graduated from USD - Springfield in 1978 with a degree in Autobody Technology. Wayne returned to Mansfield to work at his family-owned automotive/repair shop, Koester’s of Mansfield.

Wayne married the love of his life Judy Doerr on September 10, 1982 in Aberdeen and resided in Mansfield. They have two daughters, Katie and Casey. He worked at his family business until 1993, and then began working at Twin City Fan. In 2010 Wayne became employed by Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Plant Operations until present.

Wayne was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and enjoyed singing in the choir and serving communion. Wayne treasured his family, outdoors, sports, and music. Other passions included hiking, biking, camping, canoeing, softball, swimming, woodworking, supporting his children and grandchildren, and pride as a handyman around the home.
Wayne believed in the Mike Rowe philosophy of “Skill & Work Ethic”. One of his favorite principles was “I believe that I have won the greatest lottery of all time. I am alive. I walk the Earth. I live in America. Above all things, I am grateful.”

Grateful for having shared Wayne’s life are his wife of 36 years, Judy, his daughters Katie (Ryan) Baskerville and Casey Koester, granddaughters Hailey and Nikita, and sister Jackie (Bob) Grandbois. Also thankful for having shared his life were countless other family members, friends, and co-workers.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ted and Lois Koester and his grandparents.

Funeral services for Wayne will be 10:30am, Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, with Pastor Rhia Strohm officiating. Burial at Warner Township Cemetery. Wayne died Friday, November 16, 2018 at his home surrounded by family.
Visitation will be 2-7pm, Monday, followed by a prayer service at 7:00pm at Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home, 1111 South Main Street.

In lieu of flowers please send memorials to Bethlehem or a charity of your choice.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Monday

19

Nov

2:00 PM 11/19/2018 2:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 11/19/2018 7:00:00 PM
Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home

1111 South Main
Aberdeen, SD 57401

Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home
1111 South Main Aberdeen 57401 SD
United States

Prayer Service

Monday

19

Nov

7:00 PM 11/19/2018 7:00:00 PM
Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home

1111 South Main
Aberdeen, SD 57401

Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home
1111 South Main Aberdeen 57401 SD
United States

Funeral Service

Tuesday

20

Nov

10:30 AM 11/20/2018 10:30:00 AM
Bethlehem Lutheran Church - Aberdeen

1620 Milwaukee Ave NE
Aberdeen, SD 57401

Bethlehem Lutheran Church - Aberdeen
1620 Milwaukee Ave NE Aberdeen 57401 SD
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Warner Township Cemetery Final Resting Place

Warner, SD

Warner SD
United States
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