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Evert Koster passed away December 28, 2018, in Centralia, Washington. He was born September 7, 1930, in Modesto, California, to his loving parents, Edwin and Edna Koster. Soon after, Evert and his family moved to Oakdale, California, where he lived the majority of his life. At 88 years old and a widower, Evert was a resident of Washington State, where he enjoyed being close to his family who affectionately called him, “Papaman.”

Evert is survived by his daughter, Pattie, and her husband, Jeff; grandchildren, Justin, Amie, and Jeff; and great-grandsons, Dylan, Justin, and Garrett; as well as a host of other family members who loved him dearly.

As a man of many talents, Evert’s work, service, and interests were many and varied, including Boy Scout Leader, Future Farmers of America, National Guard, Oakdale Grange Master, Knights Ferry School Board, dairyman, cattle rancher, retail manager, real estate agent, and pilot. Evert’s love of sightseeing led him to travel the world and America’s 50 states. He also had a passion for archeology and generously donated his collection to museums. Above all else, Papaman taught his family the importance of time spent together having fun. He will be missed for many reasons, including the twinkle in his eyes, affectionately teasing everyone he loved, and his genuine talent for telling engaging stories.

Evert’s family honored his request for a private burial.

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The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader

Jan. 23, 2019