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Kenneth J. Kenny Coester

January 1, 1950 January 1, 2013
Kenneth J. Kenny Coester
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Obituary for Kenneth J. Kenny Coester

Kenneth J. Kenny Coester, 62, of Brazilton, Kansas, died at 709 a.m., Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at his residence in Brazilton surrounded by his family.

Kenny was born July 16, 1950 in Walnut, Kansas a son of Raymond and Louise (McClelland) Coester. Kenny and his family moved to Brazilton in 1955 where he attended District 12 School through the 8th grade and graduated from Girard High School in Girard, Kansas in 1968.

Kenny was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Brazilton, being confirmed in 1963, with membership transferred to Trinity Lutheran Church in Girard after the closure of Zion Lutheran Church.

Kenny served in the US Army from 1969 until receiving an honorable discharge in 1975.

Kenny was a member of the George C. Brown Post No. 26, American Legion of Girard since 1969, serving as Commander in 1977.

Kenny married Cheryl Sturgeon in 1971 and they divorced in 1983. He married Sue Fraze on March 10, 1984 in his parents home in Brazilton.

They made their home in Chanute, Kansas from 1984 until moving to Brazilton in 1993.

Kenny was a charter member of the Brazilton Ruritan and the Brazilton Rural Fire Department. Kenny helped with the Hepler Hustlers 4-H Club and the Crawford County Fair from 1995 until 2007.

Kenny joined the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union 664 in 1974, traveling the United States as a welder before retiring from Local Union 441 due to ill health in May of 2012. He worked the last 15 years for Piping and Equipment as a field superintendent.

Kenny enjoyed hunting and fishing with his sons and watching their sporting events, watching his grandchildrens activities, and playing slots with Sue.

Survivors are his wife, Sue, of the home sons Aaron Coester and his wife Melissa of Girard and Dustin Coester and his fianc Lindsey of Walnut grandchildren Mackenzie, Alex, and Maddie brothers Don Coester and his wife Betty Ann of Chanute and Jim Coester and his wife Cindy of Brazilton sisters Dorothy Pierce and her husband George of Pittsburg, Betty Best of Girard, Jo Ann Workman and her husband Don of Pittsburg, and Karen Oesch and her husband Cliff of Phoenix, Arizona special brother Jack Blevins and his wife Jana of Garnett, Kansas special friends Red Sturgeon and Cheryl and Bill Correll several nieces, nephews, cousins, step-nieces and step-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents father-in-law Bill Fraze mother and step-father-in-law Lenora and Howard Johnson sisters Vera Willey and Vida Toney nephew Kevin Coester great-nieces Alyssa Dawn Allen and Kennedy Coester brother-in-laws Jan Fraze, Roger Willey, and Ted Best.

Funeral services will be at 1030 a.m., Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Girard with Pastor Mark Wenzelburger officiating. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery at Brazilton with military honors given by the George C. Brown Post No. 26, American Legion of Girard.

The family will receive friends from 600 until 800 p.m., Friday at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Girard where friends may call after 1100 a.m., Friday.

Memorials are suggested to the George C. Brown Post No. 26, American Legion Building Fund and these may be left at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 518 W St. John, Box 258, Girard, 66743.


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