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Frank J. Kocer

Frank J. Kocer, 83, of Hot Springs, died June 20, 2004, at the VA Medical Center in Ft. Meade.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Monday, August 2, 2004 at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD.

Frank was born on March 30, 1921, in Gordon, NE, to Frank Sr. and Bina (Madson) Kocer.

Frank attended the Hot Springs grade and high school and also graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management at MSU in 1949.

He left Hot Springs early in 1941, and was deployed out to Camp Claiborne, LA, with the National Guard. He was stationed in Northern Ireland, and for a year participated in the Tunisian Campaign. From North Africa he went to Italy, where he was seriously wounded in action. He was then honorably discharged from the service on November 16, 1944. He received two bronze service stars, a good conduct medal and a purple heart.

He was married to Barbara, his wife of 46 years, on January 4, 1945, in Lewiston, ID. Six children were born to this union: Alyson, Julie, Dan, Leslie, Lynne and Jeff. He was employed with the Soil Conservation Service and completed 30 years of service in South Dakota.

In 1972, he began work for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Flagstaff, AZ, and retired in 1984. He was on the Sun City Posse, a Mason, a Shriner, a member of the Elks and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Those who knew him enjoyed and appreciated his sense of humor.

Survivors include his children: Alyson and Stanley Whiting of Winner, Julie Grove of Hot Springs, Dan and Cindy Kocer of Bremerton, WA, Leslie and Keith Whipple of St. Francis, SD, Lynne and John Longcor of Mission, SD; a sister, Francelle Fitzsimon of San Bernardino, CA; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara, a son, Jeff, and baby boy Whipple.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of McColley’s Chapels of the Hills in Hot Springs.