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Larry W. Koestner

November 6, 1942October 29, 2020
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Larry William Koestner, age 77, of Ogden, Iowa passed away on Thursday, October 29, 2020. A funeral service will be held at Heartland Baptist Church in Ames on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 1 p.m. A visitation will be held an hour before the service at 12 p.m. Burial will take place at Rose Hill Cemetery in Boone, Iowa.

Larry was born November 6, 1942 to James and Jean (Stahl) Koestner in Webster City, Iowa. He graduated from Webster City High School and then went on to attend Iowa Central Community College. He enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard where he served six years. For a short time, he worked for Ames Redi-Mix before starting his career with the railroad; after 33 years he retired from the Union Pacific Railroad, formally known as Chicago Northwestern. Larry was also a longtime member of Heartland Baptist Church.

When the girls were young, Larry loved to take the family on trips. He liked to visit national parks, and his favorite place was to go fishing in Branson, Missouri. He was a supporter of FFA and 4H, especially when his girls and grandkids were involved. He very much enjoyed vegetable gardening and canning, liked to hunt and send his daughter to be the "bird dog", but he loved to fish the most. Later in life he took a liking to flowers and tended to the flower beds in the yard. His hobbies included antiquing and refinishing furniture and he never missed out on a change to cheer on the Cyclones. His favorite snack was home canned peaches and Peanut Butter sandwiches. Larry was passionate about his family and loved nothing more than spending time with them. Larry had placed his faith in Jesus Christ and knew that when he passed from this earthly life he would be in the presence of the Lord. His greatest desire in life was to know that his family and friends knew this truth for themselves as well.

Larry is survived by his wife Joyce (Ford) Koestner, of 56 years; daughters, Tina (David) Dicks and Kendra (Jeremy) Harris; grandchildren, Jacob (Randyl Lynn) Dicks, Caleb Dicks, Allison Dicks, Madison Dicks, and Thomas Harris, Kelly Harris, and Jonathan Harris; siblings, Patricia (Don) Nauman and David Koestner; 13 nieces and nephews, and many great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Tammy.

  • FAMILY

  • James Koestner, Father (deceased)
  • Jean (Stahl) Koestner, Mother (deceased)
  • Joyce (Ford) Koestner, Wife
  • Tina Dicks (David), Daughter
  • Kendra Harris (Jeremy), Daughter
  • Tammy Koestner, Daughter (deceased)
  • Jacob Dicks (Randyl Lynn), Grandchild
  • Caleb Dicks, Grandchild
  • Allison Dicks, Grandchild
  • Madison Dicks, Grandchild
  • Thomas Harris, Grandchild
  • Kelly Harris, Grandchild
  • Jonathan Harris, Grandchild
  • Patricia Nauman (Don), Sibling
  • David Koestner, Sibling
  • Tammy Koestner, Daughter (deceased)
  • Larry is survived also by 13 nieces and nephews, and many great nieces and nephews.

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jacob Dicks, Pallbearer
  • Caleb Dicks, Pallbearer
  • Allison Dicks, Pallbearer
  • Madison Dicks, Pallbearer
  • Thomas Harris, Pallbearer
  • Kelly Harris, Pallbearer
  • Jonathan Harris, Pallbearer
  • Joseph Greene, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Nathaniel Greene, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Amos Greene, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Micha Greene, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Esther Meeder, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ludia Meier, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jeremiah Greene, Honorary Pallbearer
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  • Memorial contributions may be directed to the family.
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Richard McKay

November 2, 2020

I enjoyed working with Larry on the railroad. Wishing you peace and comfort. RIP Larry.

Kenneth Meeder

November 1, 2020

Loved his booming voice and he was always fun to be with and talk to. God made a very unique and loving guy when he created Larry. Will be missed much by all that knew him

Richard Duffy

October 30, 2020

Sorry to hear of Larry’s passing, as many I worked with Larry on the Railroad. May the Lord be with you at this time.

Jeff Dedecker

October 30, 2020

Dear Joyce,
What memories I have of Larry. I’ve thought of him over the years. I enjoyed working with Larry!
I remember that Larry enjoyed collecting wildlife prints. We would go to Newton to the Klepinger Wildlife Gallery and bring home 1st edition prints.
I hope he had a good retirement. Another good rail taking his last trip.
God Bless!

Florian Lassek

October 30, 2020

Sorry to hear of Larry's passing ,I worked with Larry for many years on the railroad, he was always entertaining to work with. My condolences to Larry's family.

Mattie Rogers

October 30, 2020

Our families have known each other for over 40 years. We attended the same churches for years. Tina and Kendra are just so special to me. Sweet Joyce, what a tremendous friend. We extend our sympathy to you all during this time. Our thoughts, prayers and love is being sent your way. We love you and treasure you as friends and thank God for bringing us together, all those years ago.

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Biography

Larry William Koestner was born November 6, 1942 to James and Jean (Stahl) Koestner in Webster City, Iowa. He graduated from Webster City High School and then went on to attend Iowa Central Community College. He enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard where he served six years. For a short time, he worked for Ames Redi-Mix before starting his career with the railroad; after 33 years he retired from the Union Pacific Railroad, formally known as Chicago Northwestern. Larry was also a longtime member of Heartland Baptist Church.

When the girls were young, Larry loved to take the family on trips. He liked to visit national parks, and his favorite place was to go fishing in Branson, Missouri. He was a supporter of FFA and 4H, especially when his girls and grandkids were involved. He very much enjoyed vegetable gardening and canning, liked to hunt and send his daughter to be the "bird dog", but he loved to fish the most. Later in life he took a liking to flowers and tended to the flower beds in the yard. His hobbies included antiquing and refinishing furniture and he never missed out on a change to cheer on the Cyclones. His favorite snack was home canned peaches and Peanut Butter sandwiches. Larry was passionate about his family and loved nothing more than spending time with them. Larry had placed his faith in Jesus Christ and knew that when he passed from this earthly life he would be in the presence of the Lord. His greatest desire in life was to know that his family and friends knew this truth for themselves as well.

Larry William Koestner, age 77, of Ogden, Iowa passed away on Thursday, October 29, 2020. A funeral service was held at Heartland Baptist Church in Ames on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 1 p.m. A visitation was held an hour before the service at 12 p.m. Burial took place at Rose Hill Cemetery in Boone, Iowa.

Larry was survived by his wife Joyce (Ford) Koestner, of 56 years; daughters, Tina (David) Dicks and Kendra (Jeremy) Harris; grandchildren, Jacob (Randyl Lynn) Dicks, Caleb Dicks, Allison Dicks, Madison Dicks, and Thomas Harris, Kelly Harris, and Jonathan Harris; siblings, Patricia (Don) Nauman and David Koestner; 13 nieces and nephews, and many great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Tammy.

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