Fred Koester, K3LMR

Fred was a founding member of QAARC and was a QAC RACES member since 2007. He was also a member of the Anne Arundel Radio Club. We will miss Fred’s humor and character. We are all fortunate to have known him.

Fred Koester, 86 of Dublin, Ireland, formally of Stevensville, MD, passed away on September 27, 2022.

Fred was born in Des Moines, Iowa on February 4, 1936. He attended the University of Iowa from 1955 to 1957 and Chesapeake College from 1990 to1991. Fred was a General Manager at WNAV Radio from 1968 to 1983, and a Vice President at WCTD, Maryland Mid-Shore Communications 1983 to 1988. He also served as a Sales Associate at Landmarks Marketing Mid-Shore from 1995 to 2017.

Fred had two hobbies, amateur radio and model railroading. Fred was first licensed as an amateur radio operator in 1998. He was proud to provide the K3LMR “GOTA” station at each annual Field Day event. He was a very active Life Member of the Queen Anne’s Railroad Society.  His “Grain Train” along with his hand made grain elevator scene, which reminded him of his home in Iowa, was always a great attraction at the Festival of Trains. 

Fred and his friend Jim Goldsberry provided the public address system and announcing at various horse and dog racing events in Maryland.

Fred is survived by his wife, Jayne R. Koester, and children: Heidi K Thomas, Mark A. Koester, and Christopher J. Koester. Fred was buried near his hometown of Des Moines, Iowa. 

Bob Lovell, KB3ENU

Bob joined QAARC in 2013. He served as Board Member for our club since 2014. Bob was also a member of the Queen Anne’s County RACES group. Bob really enjoyed CW. We are forever thankful to Bob for his membership contributions to our club.

Robert W. Lovell, 78 of Galena, MD, passed away on May 29, 2018 in Christiana Hospital.

Bob was born on July 14, 1939 in Roxboro, PA, son of the late Ernest & Eleanor B. Lovell. He was raised in Woodstown, NJ where he later owned and operated an excavating and golf course renovation company. In 1991 he retired and in 1992 he and his wife moved to Galena. He was an active member of the Alloway Township Fire Company in NJ for many years, and he was a proud life member of the Galena V.F.C, where he received numerous awards for top responder for driving the ambulance, and was active with all hall functions. Bob was a 2 time Commodore of the Salem Yacht Club in NJ, a Ham Radio enthusiast serving as president for 10 years with Kent Amateur Radio Club, and more recently with the Queen Anne’s Amateur Radio Club. He also served on the Galena Cemetery Board and worked for the Galena Funeral Home. 

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Douglas Lovell.

Bob is survived by his wife of 44 years, Kathryn ‘Kay’ Chaput Lovell; daughters, Deborah Zarin (Ronald) of Alloway, NJ and Lisa Lovell of Pennsville, NJ; sons, Raymond M. Titus (Kathryn G.) of Franklinville, NJ and Kevin Titus (Lisa) of Clayton, DE and four grandchildren; Dana (25), Alex (21), Rachel (19) and Kevin (10).

Charles “Chick” Miller, W3WLX

Chick had only been with QAARC since 2016. He is remembered for checking into each one of our Monday Night Nets from his screened in porch, even during winter months. Chick received his first ham licensed in 1953.

Chick and Carol Miller, of Stevensville, passed away on August 14, 2017. Chick was a retired professor from both Anne Arundel Community College and the US Naval Academy. Carol served her family and friends as a homemaker, and held administrative roles at Social Security Administration and the EPA.

Chick honorably served his country in the US Airforce for four years. Carol was a member of the Daughters of American Revolution and Chick was a member of the Engineering Honor Society and American Radio Relay League.

Their hobbies included boating, fishing, singing, painting and socializing with friends. Their greatest joy was spending time with their family, especially their grandchildren, whom they adored and supported enthusiastically.

Chick and Carol are survived by their loving daughters, Cheryl Pupshis and her husband, Pete, Cyndi Ramey and her husband, Nicholas; cherished grandchildren, Alec and Cameron Pupshis, Leila and Fiona Ramey; and Carol’s brothers, David and Michael Simonton.