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Henry Louie Koester III
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  • St. John's Lutheran Church
    5 Clifford Street
    Charleston, SC 29401

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“Merrie, Joy, Elizabeth, and family,I only knew Louie for a short while- he became my next-door neighbor when I moved back down to Charleston in 2015....Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Emma Kofmehl - Charleston, SC

“I worked with your dad at C &S Bank on a two year special project. I've always felt he was one of the smartest men I've ever known. I was in my 20...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Mary Sue Lewis - West Columbia, SC

“Family,As you know, your Dad was my first and best boss! He believed in me and shepherded my professional development. As always with Louie, he...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Douglas Freeman - Jacksonville, FL

“L then went our separate ways. Spent almost all of our time together including roommates at The Citadel. Simply, he was the finest young man I ever...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: James (Buddy) Seegars - SC

“Merrie, Joy and Elizabeth, We were so very sorry to hear of Uncle Louie's passing. I will always remember his kind and gentle nature, his brilliant...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Tom Sadler - Charleston, SC

“I WORKED WITH ,AND DIRECTLY FOR, MR.KOESTER FOR MANY YEARS AT C&S BANK IN COLUMBIA SC. I CONSIERED HIM A FRIEND AND MENTOR. HE WAS A VERY HARD WORKER...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: lott pruitt - cayce, SC

“Merrie, Lizzie, Joy and family,Please accept my heartfelt condolences on your loss...I have the fondest memories of Louie from back in the tennis...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Katherine Gaffos Gaffos - SC

“Merrie, Lizzie and Joy, Dickie and i send our sincere sympathies on your loss. Dickie always enjoyed seeing your dad at the Hibernian and German...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Kathy Unger - Edisto island, SC

“WE RETURNED TO CHARLESTON IN 1987 AND MET LOUIE AT THE COUNTRY CLUB. SINCE WE HAD SIMILAR BACKGROUNDS IN CHARLESTON, THE CITADEL,ETC. IT WAS LIKE...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: WILLIAM & MARY ZOBEL - Friend

“Merrie, Joy and Elizabeth - I know you don't remember me but your dad was my cousin and one of my most favorite people in the world. I used to visit...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Linda Gunnin - Moncks Corner, SC

“Merrie, Elizabeth, Joy you dad was a great friend, wore the Ring, and Leader. Sue and I will miss him. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Clarence Hopke - Columbia, SC

“Louie was a special man that touched many lives, especially those in and around the City Marina and the Variety Store restaurant, where he spent many...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Robbie Freeman - Charleston, SC

“Merrie, Joy and Elizabeth I am so sorry to hear about your father passing. I was at the Marina recently with Mom and Dad having lunch and we saw your...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Lynn McGuckin- Gates - SC

“Merrie , Joy and Elizabeth I'm so very sorry for your loss. So many wonderful childhood memories with your family . Sending all of you much love and...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Laura Mcguckin Steinhauer - FL


H. Louie Koester III, 87, of Charleston, South Carolina, passed in peace on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 with his family by his side. A celebration of his life will take place Saturday, June 16, 2018 in St. John's Lutheran Church, 5 Clifford Street at 1:00 p.m. Burial to follow at Bethany Cemetery, 10 Cunnington Avenue. The family will receive friends Friday, in the J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel, 232 Calhoun Street from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Louie was born in Charleston on February 19, 1931, the only child of H. Louie Koester, Jr. and Edna Sease Koester. After graduating from the High School of Charleston and earning a B.S. in Business at The Citadel, he served in the U.S. Air Force and Reserves, later retiring as a Captain.

Louie developed a solid work ethic at an early age and partnered with his father to manage H.L. Koester & Son Wholesale until the two sold it in 1960. He then started a 29-year career at Citizens and Southern National Bank of S.C., serving first as a Trust Officer, then as Executive Vice President and finally as Vice Chairman, Chief Financial Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors. Along the way, Louie served in many capacities, including responsibilities related to finance, legal, bank properties, and strategic planning. Louie's professional education included the Bank Administration Institute at the University of Wisconsin, The National Graduate Trust School at Northwestern University, and The Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. Known for his contributions to the community, Louie's leadership extended far beyond the world of banking. He served on the boards and was president of the following organizations: The Country Club of Charleston, past president and life member of the Arion Society, and St. John's Lutheran Church Board of Vestry. He was also on the boards of The Coastal Community Foundation and its investment committee, the Charleston Tourism Commission, The Association for the Blind, Olson Research, Furman University Advisory Board, American Mutual Fire Insurance Company, The Bank Administration Institute, and Ashley Hall School.

Those who knew and loved Louie will remember his resolute sense of duty, loyalty, and keen wit. His God and his faith kept him ever resilient. An accomplished athlete, he was a former City of Charleston tennis singles and doubles champion. His great loves were golfing with friends, spending time on his boat, Evergreen, and reading poetry. Louie belonged to The Financial Executives Institute, the Carolina and Charleston Yacht Clubs, and the Charleston Ocean Racing Association. He was a life member of the German Friendly Society.

Louie is survived by three daughters: Dr. Merrie Koester of Charleston, SC, Joy Marshall of Charlotte, NC, and Elizabeth Morton of Columbia, SC; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Louie was predeceased by his first wife, Elizabeth "Betty" Lesemann Koester, who passed away in 1990, and by his second wife, Dr. Gene Burges, who passed in 2012.

Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, 5 Clifford Street, Charleston, SC 29401.