(Oct.14, 1962 – April 5, 2015)
A golden heart stopped beating,
Hardworking hands at rest;
It broke our hearts
but proved to us
God only takes the best.
Terrence Gordon Kokesch (Terry/ or ‘Koke’), 52 years, of Stettler, passed away at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute in Edmonton, AB, after a valiant battle.
Terry was born in Consort, AB to Gordon and Eileen (nee: Brosinsky) Kokesch, the third of 4 children, and the only son.
Terry grew up in Compeer, Altario and Stettler, AB. As a boy, he adored horseback riding, hockey, baseball, slowpitch, anything ‘sportsy’ and outdoorsy. He graduated from Wm. E. Hay High School in Stettler. After high school he attended Red Deer College and became licensed as a heavy-duty mechanic, as well as attaining many additional certifications. He worked 32 years in his trade and in associated oilfield production for several central Alberta companies. Terry worked most recently for Vortex Production Services of Stettler. Terry’s favourite things included his enduring and cherished friendships, anything associated with rodeo and horsemanship, country music and festivals, RV camping, the outdoors, sports, and ‘automobiles-with-character’.
Terry was a tremendously loyal and much-loved son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend. He was also generous with his love, kind, fun-loving, extremely likeable, and a very hardworking man. Terry was part of every family celebration, travelled to cheer at his niece and nephews’ sports, and joined many friends at many rodeos. He gave respect and earned it in return. Terry will be heartbreakingly missed by family, relatives and countless friends.
Terry was pre-deceased by his parents, Gordon and Eileen Kokesch, and his nephew, Riley Campbell.
He is survived by sister Lori Ann (Dalin) Woolley and their children Zachary, Joshua, Jeremy and Melissa; sister Kym (Wesley) Walstrom and their children Kirby and Bailey; sister Kelly (Trevor) Campbell and their children Alex and Taylor.
A memorial service will be held at Stettler Funeral Home (403)742-3422, 4707 – 70 Street, Stettler, AB, at 1 PM, Saturday, May 9, 2015. Light luncheon, then interment to follow (Lake View Cemetery, Stettler).
In lieu of flowers or other tributes, Terry’s family encourages memorial donations to support the CVICU (Cardio Vascular Intensive Care Unit) at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, c/o the University Hospital Foundation, 1H1.91 WMC, 8440 – 112 St. NW, Edmonton, AB. T6G 2B7, (780)407-7663