November 15, 2013



1918-2013

Floyd Koster, 95, of Wymore, Neb., and formerly of Breda, Iowa, died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at the Wymore Good Samaritan Center in Wymore.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Breda. Celebrant will be Father Gary Snyder. Music will be by Marilyn Hundling and the St. Bernard choir. Lector will be Pat Koster. Gift bearers will be Floyd's grandchildren. Eucharistic minister will be Mike Braun. The Breda Catholic Order of Foresters will form an honor guard for the Mass. Burial will be at St. Bernard Cemetery in Breda with military honors by the Breda American Legion.

Friends may call after 5 p.m. Monday at Sharp Funeral Home in Breda, where there will be a Christian wake service by St. Bernard Parish at 6:30 p.m.

Online condolence may be left for Floyd's family at www.sharpfuneral.com.

Floyd was born Aug. 6, 1918, at Breda, Iowa, to Clemens and Hazel (Van Erdewyk) Koster. He graduated from St. Bernard School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. While stationed at Fort Ord in California, he met Teresa Garcia. When he was transferred to the European Theater, he told her he would return on Thanksgiving for her. It took four years, but he returned on Thanksgiving of 1945, and they were married on Dec. 1, 1945. Floyd graduated from Iowa State University in 1949 with a degree in agronomy. He started his career in the Soil Conservation Service in Washington, Iowa. From there he became the first soil conservationist for Sioux County, Iowa. He lived in Alton, Iowa, until he retired in 1976. He and Teresa moved to Breda, Iowa, and spent the next 25 years wintering in Las Vegas, Nev. At age 90, they moved to the Good Samaritan Center in Wymore, Neb., to be closer to his daughter and great-grandchildren.

Floyd was a lifetime member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and a 50-plus-year member of the Breda American Legion, Fred F. and Norman J. Bruning Post 607. He was also a member for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Knights of Columbus and belonged to both St. Marys Catholic Church in Wymore and St. Bernard Catholic Church in Breda. He enjoyed woodworking, carving, bowling, traveling, visiting his children and grandchildren, playing keno and playing dominos with his great-grandchildren.

Survivors include son Bruce Koster of Sioux Falls, S.D.; daughters Carol (Mike) Braun of Wymore, Neb., Donna (Tim) McBride of Fruitland, Idaho, Diana (Keith) Schneck of Las Vegas, Nev., and Linda (Jim) Grivet of Diamondville, Wyo.; grandchildren Chris (Sherry) Braun, Robert (Deb) Braun, Amy (Dan) Sorensen, Bret McBride, Brian (Laree) McBride, Scott McBride, Amanda (Jeff) Gibson, Matt Koster and Christina (Eric) Brunelle; great-grandchildren Michael Braun, Grant, Claire and AJ Braun, Kaylee McBride, Mika and Preston McBride, Griffin Gibson and Kate Sorensen; brothers and sisters Edgar Koster, Rev. Dale Koster, Urban (Pat) Koster, Jerome Koster, Alma (Ivan) Schroeder, Anita (Duane) Hannasch, Myrna (Van) Schmidt, Norma Jean Ludwig and Alice Thielen.

He was preceded in death by his wife Teresa; his parents Clem and Hazel Koster; and sisters: Helen Bertrand, Pearl Staiert and Elaine Bierl.