Leo Koester Obituary

Leo A. Koester
Leo A. "Lee" Koester
Leo A. Koester

September 19, 2004
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Leo A. Koester (Lee), 76, died Sunday, September 19, 2004 at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown from Alzheimer's disease. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 23 at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Lee was a veteran of the Korean War after which he married Kay and began his teaching career, moving from Harlan to Des Moines in 1956 where he taught 35 years mostly at North High. He helped pioneer the Model Cities home remodeling class which he taught for 15 years at North. Lee was a partner in K & S Contractors, painting and remodeling homes during the summers until he and his partner founded Waterfun, Inc. in 1969 to manage the swimming beach, concessions and boat rentals at Gray's Lake.

Lee loved his family, water activities and building. He incorporated these passions into construction of the family "cabin" at Lake Panorama, building the home with his seven boys and enjoying many good times with their friends. A founding member of the Holy Trinity Church, Lee participated in choir, parish council, building programs and the daily mass group. He was a devoted husband and friend to anyone in need.

Lee is survived by his wife of 51 years, Kay; six sons, Kevin (Linda), Paul (Beth), Dave (Coby), Steve (Donna), Pat (Carrie) and John (Kathy), all of the Des Moines area; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Mike.

Visitation will be at the church Wednesday from 5 p.m. until the 7 p.m. vigil service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Trinity Building fund or the Lee Koester Memorial fund.




Holy Trinity Catholic Church
2926 Beaver Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Holy Trinity Catholic Church
2926 Beaver Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Thursday, September 23, 2004
10:30 AM
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Thursday, September 23, 2004


Lee Koester Memorial Fund