Larry Koster, 81, father of Spring Valley woman

Larry D. Koster, 81, of Chester, Iowa, died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, at his home.

He was born Feb. 18, 1938, in Rolfe, Iowa, son of LaVern L. Koster and Ruth S. Boles. He graduated from Laurens High School, where he holds track records, and was the varsity quarterback.

On June 25, 1961, he married Joyce Alene Albee; they later divorced in 1999.

He began a career as an over the road truck driver in his 20s. Driving an 18-wheeler with the open road stretched out in front of him soon became a passion. He spent more than 50 years on the road. He especially liked hauling out to the West Coast and spending time in California. He enjoyed a cup of coffee, smoking a cigarette and telling stories to anyone who would listen. This trait turned into his truck driver handle “Crap Shooter.” He enjoyed “cheating” at golf, boating, fishing, hunting and talking about football. He was a strong-willed man, with a great sense of humor, a sweet tooth, and strong love for his family.

He is survived by his son, Scott (Wendy Miller) Koster of Lime Springs, and Scott’s son Colton (Nataly) Koster of Rochester; his daughter, Tracey (Jayson) Smith of Spring Valley, and their daughter, Hailey (fiancé Jonathan Fenske) of Spring Valley; brothers, Leslie Ray Fertig of Odebolt, Iowa, Lonny Koster of Galena, Ill., John Koster of Rochester, Ronald Koster of Stewartville and Mark Koster of Lime Springs; sisters, Vicki McCloud of LeRoy and Tresea Sobolik of Cresco.

He was preceded in death by his father and stepmother, LaVern and Ilona Koster; his mother and stepfather, Ruth and Les Fertig; a sister, Kay Koster-Pisney, and brothers, Vernon and Donald Koster.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Lime Springs/Chester Fish and Game Club from 3 to 7 p.m.