Koster, Charles James
Birth: Thursday, January 16, 1930
Residence: Waldorf, Maryland
Death: Thursday, March 10, 2016 at the age of 86
Laid to Rest: in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
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Charles J. Koster, 86, of Waldorf, MD peacefully entered eternal life on March 10, 2016, at Solomons Nursing Center in Solomons, MD.
Mr. Koster retired from the Air Force as a Master Sergeant after 20 years of service, during which he received numerous awards for his skills as a recruiter. His tours of duty included stations in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Japan, and Washington, DC. After his service in the USAF, he was a successful salesman with Prudential Insurance Company.
His survived by his wife of almost 66 years, Nancy V. Koster, his sons, William Koster and his wife Linda Esker of Maryland, and James Koster and his wife Mary Peterson of New Mexico, and by his two daughters, Barbara Belak and her husband Ray Belak of Nevada, and Linda Horty and her husband Patrick Horty of Maryland. He is also survived by his three grandsons and four great-granddaughters, Brandon Koster and his wife Courtney, along with their children Logan and Aubrey, of Texas, Alex Horty and his wife Tiffany, along with their daughters Shawna, Shelby, and Sabrina of Maryland, and Thomas Horty, along with his daughter Layla Marie Horty of Maryland. He is also survived by his brother Robert Koster widower of Janet Koster, and his two sisters Marie Koster and Elizabeth Koster, all of Pennsylvania. He left behind many other loving relatives of multiple generations, including cousins in the Netherlands and England, as well as a great number of family friends.
He was predeceased by his infant son, Robert Koster, his parents, Henry and Josephine Koster, and his brothers, Henry, Jr. and John Koster, as well as Nancy's sisters, Georgeanne Dooley, Joan Pine, and Margaret Santella, and by Nancy's brother John. He was also predeceased by nephews, John Dooley, Jr., Edward Rotzinger, Jr., and John Sheppard, Jr., and by great-niece Christine Cianci.
Affectionately referred to by most as "Chuck" or "Charlie", Mr. Koster was known for his devotion to his wife Nancy, his perpetual optimism and gentle good humor, and by his easy-going approach to life. He had a kind word for everyone, laughed easily and often, and was a sympathetic listener for those needing advice and encouragement. He loved sports and travel. Although not a frequent church-going man-unless Nancy was singing a solo-he was a member of the Catholic faith, and he knew God walked with him. He often mentioned what a blessed life he had, and he was generous in passing those blessings along to others. He will be greatly missed by many.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016, from 11am to 1pm at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Waldorf, MD. A funeral service to celebrate the life of Mr. Koster will be held at 1pm, immediately following the visitation. Interment services will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, Mr. Koster requested donations be made to Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, or at www.DAV.org. Arrangements provided by Huntt Funeral Home.