Melvin Kokes

Melvin M. Kokes

Saturday, May 18th, 1935 - Monday, June 15th, 2020
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Melvin Marcus Kokes, 85, of Crook, Colorado, peacefully died and joined Margaret on June 15, 2020 in Fort Morgan, CO. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 19th at Gehrig-Stitt Funeral Home in Sidney, NE. Services and Internment will be at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 20th at the South Sunol Czech Cemetery, Sunol, NE. A celebration of his life will continue at 4:30 p.m. on the family homestead (Kent & Julie’s place) north of Crook. You may view Melvin’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at
Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Melvin’s care and funeral arrangements.
Melvin Marcus Kokes, son of Frank and Mary (Vosika) Kokes, was born on May 18, 1935 on the homestead north of Crook, CO. He resided there 84 years of his life where he had many lifelong friends and neighbors. Melvin attended 1st through 7th grades at Barber Country School and 8th grade at Crook School. He quit school to help his father on the family farm. As a teen, he was involved in Rural Youth Club. After the meetings, the Club would have a dance, and that is where he met Margaret Tyson, the love of his life in the summer of 1957. They were married on September 14, 1957, in Sterling. Together, they made their life on the family homestead north of Crook, farming, ranching, loving, and laughing. To this union, four sons and two daughters were born. They lived on the farm until 1998 when they moved to their final home. They were happily married for 47 years.
Raised on a family farm, Melvin developed a deep love for farming and made it his life. Melvin was considered a jack-of-all trades supplementing the farm by milking cows and selling milk and cream; working on motorcycles; inspecting cars; and many other odds and ends. Additionally, Melvin drove bus for RE-1 Valley Schools for 22 years. He served on the Crook Volunteer Fire Department from the age 18 holding all officer positions during his service. A highlight of his life was attending all Crook Fire Department events but especially the Firemen’s Picnic, Firemen’s Ball; and as clown at the Crook Fair. Melvin was a member of the Crook Young Farmers where in 1974 he was honored as the Outstanding Young Farmer for Colorado. Melvin was proud of his Czech heritage and was active as a member/officer of the Czechs of the Nebraska Panhandle helping to organize and put on the annual Czech Days Celebration in Lodgepole, NE. Melvin enjoyed a simple life of farming and ranching. His other two passions were dancing and playing cards. Melvin and Margaret had the pleasure of dancing at the Trocadero Ballroom at Elitch Gardens. Melvin loved playing card games from Rummy with his kids to poker with the guys and Cribbage, 1-on-1 with anyone he could convince to play. He was known for his great poker face, too. Dealing blackjack to the women at the Young Farmers Ladies’ Night was a favorite activity.
As much as Melvin loved farming, ranching, dancing, and playing cards, his true love was his wife and six children; nineteen grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren with one more due in October. He is survived by his six children and spouses; Bruce Kokes (Kathy); Mark Kokes (Peggy); and Kent Kokes (Julie) of Crook; Teresa Stieb (Don) of Iliff; Susan Sigmon (Todd) of Fleming; and Marvin Kokes (Marianne) of Highlands Ranch along with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Margie Bruns; sister-in-law, Shirley Finkbeiner; numerous nieces and nephews; and many special friends and neighbors.
He was preceded in death by wife, Margaret; his parents, Frank & Mary Kokes; and brother, Glen Kokes.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Crook Volunteer Fire Department, Sidney Senior Meals or a charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be sent to the Kokes Family c/o Bruce Kokes, 36837 CR 79, Crook, CO 80726
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  • Visitation

    Friday, June 19th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, June 19th, 2020 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    Gehrig-Stitt Chapel
    1140 10th Avenue
    SIDNEY, NE 69162
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  • Service

    Saturday, June 20th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Saturday, June 20th, 2020 3:00pm
    Czech Cemetery
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    Pastor Dale Pierce
  • Interment

    Czech Cemetery
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Alvin, Carol, Bret & Wilda Burkhart, Tiffany & Noah Bolin

Posted at 10:40pm
Our love and thanks to Melvin and family for the laughter and memories as part of the extended Kokes clan.

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Mike and Diane

Posted at 02:12pm
Mark, Peggy and all; Our sincere condolences to you all and as the days move forward, the Lord will carry you through.

Mike and Diane Harrington

Paul and Jimmie Kiar

Posted at 05:44pm
My husband , Paul and I have so many good memories of Melvin and Margret. They were such a sweet fun family .

WE remember how proud he was when he built the prefab house just up the hill from the old home place.
We spent a lot of fun times together when we visited their neighbors Glen and Helen Dickinson back In 1956 & 1957. Their son, Danny and Melvin were very close friends.

They took my husband and I frog gigging one night, and I got to hold the bag, then Melvin let some of them out of the bag in Margaret's kitchen!!!
We all loved to go swimming at the drop and finish it off eating some of Helens good fried chicken.
Our thought and prayers are with his family at this time of Grief.
Paul and Jimmie Anne Kiar


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Posted at 02:46pm
With heartfelt condolences, on the loss of your Dad. We are thinking and praying for you and your family during this difficult time.
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