Arnold Julius Carl Koester was born on September 11, 1912 in Olney, in Young County, Texas to Fredrich Christoff Henrich "Henry" and Anna Caroline Hausler Koester. He was one of four children.
On October 28, 1937 he married Bertha Emma Zacharias in McGregor, in Coryell County, Texas. Arnold's brother, Edwin, dated and later married Bertha's younger sister Alice.
Arnold and Bertha had two children. Their son, Carlos Arnold, died as an infant. They also have a daughter Eline Lyndia. Arnold and Bertha raised their family in Olney, Texas.
Arnold was a loving son, brother, father, and uncle. He was my Great-Uncle. I loved visiting their house in Olney, Texas. They always had dogs and I remember their Pekingese and their Chow. I was afraid of the Chow but loved their Pekingese. Uncle Arnold was a nice and loving person. He and his family were devout Lutherans. He made me a keepsake box out of wood that I cherish and love.
Arnold died on October 11, 1995 in Olney, in Young County, Texas and was buried in the Restland Cemetery in Olney, in Young County, Texas. He is missed deeply and we know his love is always with us.
Below is Arnold's obituary courtesy of Dorman Holub:
Funeral services for Arnold Cart Julius Koester, 83, were held Friday morning at St. Luke Lutheran Church with the pastor, Rev. Greg Hyatt, officiating.
He died Wednesday, Oct. 11,1995, in a local hospital.
Born September 11, 1912, in Olney, he was a lifetime resident. He attended school in Olney and at St. Luke Lutheran Church. He and Bertha Zacharias were married October 28,1937, in McGregor. She preceded Him in death March 5,1994.
Koester was a lifelong farmer and stockman. He was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church where he held many offices, taught Sunday school and was a member of the Lutheran Laymen's League.
He was a representative to the Lutheran Hour and served as secretary to the Red River Zone of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
A past president of the Young County Farm Bureau, he served on the board where he remains as emeritus. He served as secretary of the Germania Mutual Insurance Company, local chapter for 52 years.
As a skilled carpenter, he left his legacy of workmanship on several store fronts on Main Street in Olney.
He is survived by a daughter, Lynda Abbott of Dallas; two brothers, Edwin Koester and Herbert Koester, both of Olney; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Carlos Arnold Koester in 1946.