WAGNER — Edward Kokesh, 76 of Wagner died Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at his home after a long battle with cancer, surrounded by his family. Ed had been under hospice care. He attained the age of 76 years, eight months and 27 days.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 1, 2010 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Lake Andes. Burial will be in St. John's Catholic Cemetery, rural Wagner, with military honors.
Visitation will be 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Wagner, followed by a 7 p.m. rosary/wake service at the church.
Edward Kokesh, son of Mike J. and Caroline (Trantina) Kokesh, was born July 31, 1933 on a farm near Scotland, SD.
Ed attended country school near Scotland through the eighth grade. He enlisted in the US Army and served as a SP3 Sergeant in the Korean War from 1954 to 1957.
Ed married Agnes Stastny on April 29, 1957 at Wagner. Six children were blessed to their union. They farmed south of Wagner.
Ed was a life member of VFW and the American Legion. He was named the District Legionnaire of the Year in 2008. Ed drove the D.A.V. Van for over 10 years.
Ed enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, playing cards, fishing, building windmills, and raising “Grandpa’s Pumpkin Patch.”
Thankful for having shared his life are his wife Agnes of Wagner; five children: Deborah and husband Michael Fredrich of Rapid City; Daniel and wife Andrea of Wagner; Donna Livingston and fiancé Ray Wagner of Yankton; Dale and wife Tanya of Rapid City; and Dorothy and husband Brian Welbig of Sioux Falls; 18 grandchildren: Amy (Steve) Thomas, Stacie, Scott and Jason Fredrich; Curtis Kokesh; Jessica and Brittany Livingston; Samantha, Cameron and Jordyn Kokesh; and Amanda, Brandon, Drew, Alex, Jacob, Derek, Nathan and Tyler Welbig; one great grandson, Preston Thomas; one sister, Sylvia Dvorak of Scotland; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Ed was preceded in death by his daughter, Doris in November of 1974; parents; six brothers: Ernest, Raymond, Donald, Mike, Joe and Clayton; and three sisters: Elsie Cap, Grace Hacecky and Frances Thurker.
Yankton Press & Dakotan
April 30, 2010