GARDNER-Kenny Joe Kociss, 78 and a lifelong resident of Gardner, passed away Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 at his home.
Born Sept. 7, 1936 in Gardner, Kenneth Joseph was a son of John William Sr. and Gladys Irene McGurk-Kociss. He was raised and educated in Gardner and worked for the US Government prior to gaining employment with the Joliet Stockyards. Most recently Kenny Joe worked as a custodian at Gardner South Wilmington High School and the Gardner Laundromat until his retirement. He was a former volunteer fireman with the Gardner Fire Department and truly enjoyed being out and about in Gardner. You could often find him having coffee at Casey's or at the Gardner Restaurant. Kenny Joe was a regular attendee at the Gardner Village Board meetings and was a recipient of an honorary key to the village. He will be remembered as a great Chicago Cubs and Bears fan.
Survivors include two brothers: James (Lynne) Kociss and Gary Kociss; sister-in-law, Marilyn Kociss and brother-in-law, Teddy Christensen, all of Gardner and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as great-nieces and great-nephews.
Kenny Joe was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Glenn (Barb) Kociss and John Kociss and three sisters: Winona "Boots" Phillips, Linda Christensen and Peggy Kociss.
Visitation and video tribute will be held Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 between the hours of 5 and 8 p.m. at Reeves Funeral Home, 203 Liberty St. in Gardner. Funeral services will follow Thursday, Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. in the funeral home with Reverend Jan Chandler from Church of Hope officiating. Burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery and Kenny Joe's nephews will act as pallbearers.
Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Kenny Joe's memory to Church of Hope, 202 N. Monroe St., Gardner, IL 60424.
Friends may sign the online guest book or send private condolences to the family by logging onto: www.ReevesFuneral.com.
Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Gardner.