Raymond F. Koester, 78, passed away August 12, 2004, in Pueblo, Colorado. Survived by his wife of 49 years, Eleanor Koester; son, Mark (Beth Anne) Koester; daughter, Beverly (Richard) Morris; grandchildren, Cassandra Morris, Laura Koester, Lynn Koester, Caroline Morris and Daniel Morris; sisters, Katherine Hart and Betty Stanley; sisters/brothers-in-law, Don (Yvonne) Edmonds, JoAnn (Mark) White, John (Carol) Edmonds, Doris Koester, Helen (Koester) Timm; seven nieces and nephews, Doug Koester, Leon Koester, Stephanie Edmonds, Amanda White, Michael Edmonds, James White and Jillian White. Preceded in death by his father, Fred Koester; mother, Edith Koester; and brothers, Clifford Koester, Lenard Koester and Jim Koester. Ray was born Feb. 17, 1926, in Denver, Colo. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was a Professional Engineer and Land Surveyor; President and partner of KLH Engineering Consultants, Inc for many years. He was a Consulting Engineer for: Pueblo Conservancy District, St. Charles Mesa Sanitation District, Blende Sanitation District and Salt Creek Water & Sanitation District. Ray was an active member of First United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday school classes for over 40 years. He was a Board member of Salvation Army, member of Pueblo Regional Building Dept., Plumbing Board of Appeals, Steel City Kiwanis Club (40 years +) - Junior Miss Program Chair and his special interest, COPAA (Colo. Outdoor Performing Arts Assoc.). He was also the Treasurer of Pueblo Pachyderms Board, member of BPOE Elks No. 90 (50 years +), Professional Engineers of Colorado, Pueblo County Election Judge, Pueblo County Republican Party Chairman (2001-2003), Broadway Theater League Supporter and member of Pueblo Country Club (30 years). Ray's career and involvement in the community were important to him but Ray's love and commitment to his family was always his top priority. He was generous with his time and love. The family gives special thanks to Dr. Gary Parks for his compassion and 'staying the course', and Amanda White for her loving care. Ray will lie in state at the funeral home today from 2 until 6 p.m. His funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Monday, August 16, 2004, at First United Methodist Church, 310 W. 11th St., with the Reverend Dr. Rick Calhoun officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Memorial Fund in Ray's name, through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003 or direct to the church. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. My thoughts and prayers are with you this day. I thought so much of Ray thru working with him in Kiwanis in the 1960,s 70s, and early 80s. Was in Pueblo and had lunch with him at Kiwanis in April of this year and had such a nice visit with him and Lou Lazo,
    So sorry for your loss. Ray will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
    Bill Long

  2. Eleanor, Just found out about Rays’ passing. I am so sorry. I shall always remember him as a real gentleman. My condolences to you and your family.

  3. We wish to express our heartfelt condolences. Ray will be remembered with fondness and missed greatly.

  4. Dear Eleanor and Family,

    I just learned of Ray’s passing and send my heart-felt condoences. I’m sorry I didn’t know in time to attend his funeral but grieve nonetheless.

    Eleanor, if I can be of assistance with the Acacia insurance, please call or e-mail.

    In His name,

    Chuck Seelye

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