John Kokesch

FRANKLIN — John Kokesch, 91, of Franklin, died Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at the Fairfax Community Home in Fairfax.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, March 11, at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Fairfax with interment in St. George Catholic Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements by Hauser-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Fairfax.

Gathering of Family and Friends will be from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

Military Honors by the Fairfax Honor Guard. Memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society and the American Diabetes Association.

John Bernard Kokesch was born on August 23, 1927, by St. George, Nicollet County, to Adolph and Myra (Grosam) Kokesch.

On May 16, 1946, John enlisted in the United States Army at Fort Snelling, in the 82nd Airborne. He received the World War II Victory Medal, Parachutists Badge and the 30 Cal. M-1 Rifle Badge. John was honorably discharged on Nov. 3, 1947.

John is survived by his wife, Delores Kokesch of Franklin; children, Allen Kokesch of Morton, Cindy Kokesch of Franklin, Claudia Kokesch of Franklin, Rebecca Henderson of Fairfax, and Kevin Kokesch of Franklin; 20 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild and siblings, Dave Kokesch of Gibbon and Barbara Windschitl of Sleepy Eye.