Raily E. “Butch” Koozer, age 71, of Alliance, NE passed away April 7, 2016 at his winter home in Casa Grande AZ surrounded by the love of his wife , daughter and son.
Raily was born June 1, 1944 in Aliiance, NE to Raily T. and Mary (Weaver) Koozer, the sixth of ten children. He attended country school at District 12, then completed his public school education in Alliance and graduated in 1962. His sophomore year, he attended Wentworth Military Academy in Kansas. After high school graduation, he completed Electronics School in Denver, CO and received his certification, thus beginning a lifetime of working in the electronics and communication field. On August 18, 1963, Raily married his high school sweetheart, Colleen Christensen, in Alliance NE, and to this union 2 children were born. Colleen passed away in May 2004. He began his career with Burlington Northern RR in October 1964 and retired from BNSF in July 1999. Early in his BN career he also had a television repair business on the side. Raily met Denise Preble Dye in late 2004 and they both found the deep love that was missing in their lives with each other. They were married on February 25, 2006.
Raily is survived by his wife, Denise, daughter Gayle (Gary) Galster of Watford City ND, son Todd (Kandis) Koozer of Gretna NE, stepdaughters Karina (Marty) Jones of Berwyn NE, Trista (Cory) Rose of Hobart OK, and Brianna Dye of Gillette WY. Grandchildren Kalin and Alli Mogen, Katelyn , Kelsey and Makala Koozer, Mahaya, Maysa and Makamry Jones, Lakyn and Taylyn Rose and Jordan and Samantha Wilson of Omaha NE. Great grandchildren, Hailey and Caleb Wilson. He is also survived by Andy Mogen, his former son in law of Keene ND.
He is survived by siblings, Leota (Jack) Lawler of Danbury WI, William (Carolyn) Koozer of Antonito CO, Jean Seidler of Alliance NE, Betty (Tom) McDonald of Alliance NE, Shirley Sulzbach of Crawford NE, Bonnie McLaughlin of Alliance NE, Sharon Nollette of Marydel MD, Toni Fanning of Cross Timber MO and Alan (Tammie) Koozer of Alliance NE, Dennis (Diana) Christensen of Hot Springs Village AR and Larry Christensen of Riverton WY as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Colleen, baby sister, Rose Marie, brother in laws, Wilbur Seidler, George Sulzbach, Martin McLaughlin, Don Fanning and sister in law, Kay Christensen.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10 am on April 25, 2016 at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Alliance NE. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer memorials be sent to the Alliance Wrestling Club, Attn Tara Herian 2106 Sweetwater, Alliance NE 69301, Jane’s Closet, C/O Lori Mazanec at Box Butte General Hospital or donor’s choice.