Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013

John McGuire Kocks, 87, of Morton, died at 8:54 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at his home.

Born Dec. 21, 1925, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Herbert and Marie (McGuire) Kocks, he married Mary Ann Hambrock on Feb. 12, 1949, in Fort Wayne. She died March 26, 2011.

He also was preceded in death by two brothers, Bob and Jim Kocks; and two sisters, Jeanne Jehl and Patsy Conkright.

Surviving are his children, Catherine (Bill) Wiltz of Peoria, John (Kathy) Kocks of New Orleans, La., Susan (Tom) Solazzo of Bartlett, Joseph (Fabby) Kocks of Graham, Wash., Mary Ann (Brian) Allen of Buffalo Grove, and Patrick (Alyson) Kocks of Price, Utah; 19 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mary Lou (Richard) Peters of Fort Wayne.

He was a World War II Army veteran, serving in the 328th Infantry Regiment and 26th Infantry Division. He served during the Battle of Rhineland and Battle of the Bulge under Gen. George S. Patton. He was a scout rifleman on the front lines during the campaigns. He was the recipient of a Bronze Star and was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge.

He worked more than 25 years for Lincoln National Life Insurance Co., semi-retiring in 1983. He earned his Chartered Life Underwriter designation  which is the highest level designation available in the life insurance profession. He continued in the insurance industry, where he maintained his insurance producer licenses until his death.

He was a former charter member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Peoria. After moving to Morton, he became a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. He and his wife served as communion ministers at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and worked in the Missionaries of Charities Soup Kitchen for many years.

He made Cursillo 26, became a Rector, and continued to be active as a Cursillo member throughout his life.

He was a 3rd Degree Knight of Spalding Council 427 in Peoria and a 4th Degree Sir Knight member of Assembly 0206.

Visitation was Sunday at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton. A funeral Mass was Monday at Holy Family Catholic Church in Peoria. Monsignor Timothy Nolan will be the celebrant. Entombment was in Resurrection Mausoleum in Peoria, where full military services will be conducted by the Military Funeral Honors and American Legion Post 2 in Peoria, of which he was a member.

Memorials may be made to Missionaries of Charity, 506 Hancock St., Peoria, IL 61603.

To view his video tribute or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.knappjohnson.com.