Keith J. Kocmick
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Keith James Kocmick, age 57, of Gayville, South Dakota, died on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 10:30 am at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Rev. Dani Jo Ninke officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a Prayer Service, video tribute and time of sharing at 7:00 pm. Visitation will begin at 9:30 am on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Josh Curry, Nick Curry, Andrew Curry, Todd Zeeb, Jeff Winckler, Jeff Bartz, Harlan Latimer, and Mike Giggee.

Keith was born on January 29, 1960 at Wagner, SD to James Virgil and Ora Lee (Sell) Kocmick. He was baptized and confirmed at the United Church of Christ in Parkston, SD. He grew up in Parkston and graduated from Parkston High School in 1978. He attended Black Hills State College in Spearfish, SD for 2 years and then went to Nevada where he worked in construction until his dad told him to get his butt back to South Dakota. On June 29, 2004 Keith married Nancy Rathgeber in Yankton. For the past 25 years he worked as a welder and then supervisor for the same company which started as Hawkeye Trailer, then Dakota Trailer and currently Trail King.

He loved spending time with his family. He also loved woodworking, hunting, fishing, golfing, camping and playing darts. He enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs and the Miami Dolphins.

Keith is survived by his wife, Nancy Kocmick of Gayville; four sons Kyle Kocmick and his girlfriend, Sarah Ekeren of Sioux Falls; Kris, KJ and Levi Kocmick, his parents, Virg and Ora Kocmick of Tyndall, SD; a brother, Ken and Francine Kocmick of St. Peter, MN, his mother-in-law, Delores Rathgeber of Coleridge, NE; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, LaVon and Ed Humpal of Tyndall, SD; Eugene Rathgeber of Tyndall, SD; Janet and Dennis Miller of Norfolk, NE; Karen and Donnie Schulz of Coleridge and JoAnn Rathgeber of Coleridge as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Dennis Kocmick, his father-in-law, Melvin Rathgeber and two brothers-in-law, Larry Rathgeber and Donald Rathgeber.

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I am so sorry to hear of Keith's passing. Was looking through some old camping pictures Saturday and found one of your family. Brought back good memories of time our families spent together camping. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Char Kuestermeyer

I worked with Keith when I was empolyed by Dakota Trailer. Keith taught me a wealth of knowledge about the trailer building of grain and gravel trailers, to this, he, has my highest respect and gratitude. To his family, my prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. To a good friend, rest in peace.

Edison Jared

I am sending my prayers to the family of Keith. I am Keith's second cousin. I babysat Keith and his brothers when they lived in Avon. It has been a long time since speaking with Keith, but I know he will be missed deeply. His mom and dad have always been dear to my heart.

Patty (Kocmich) Kohnen

I have worked for TK/DAKOTA Trailer for 8 yrs. I have known Keith the day I started. To me when I first met Keith I got two impressions. First impression was wow this guy looks like a crabby man just by the look of his facial reactions the second was he looks important maybe I could learn a thing or two. I came into Dakota trailer being a Welder not ever having to weld a grain trailer. After that first day having Keith show me the ropes of what needs to be done to what I was doin wrong we started understanding each other. Keith taught me how to build grain trailers,grain boxes, and gravel boxes. Although we had out arguments and agreements on every product that we worked on we still came out to the right conclusion and got the job done. Keith usually had a great attitude at work until someone like me would get under his skin and him yelling across the shop but it was all just for fun. He always had a great sense of humor and I think that is what made him and I bond. A memor y that I will always remember from him is anybody making a comment or some sort of humor to Keith and keith shaking his head and saying uh-huh uh-huh yep yep. Just want to say that I'm gonna miss you Keith you were a great mentor to me and you will be TRULY MISSED.

Troy Kortan

To my dad Keith ~ I remember dancing on your feet as a little girl to our favorite country songs. I remember our favorite song Cathy's Clown" by Dolly Pardon. We would sing it together every time it came on the radio. I remember you building me and your sons a fort in the backyard made from wood, you were a great carpenter. Even though you and my mom got divorced when I was only 10yrs old, I have the greatest memories of you, and you were the only dad I had to share memories with. You were a great dad to me and treated me as if I were your own. I will always have a special place in my heart for you, God bless and R.I.P.

To my brothers, Keith's two son's from Las Vegas - Keith James Kocmick Jr and Levi Kocmick- I am very sorry your your heart break , I know your dad loved you very much , and I see so much of him in the both of you - Nancy & Kyle , I am so very sorry for your loss , God Bless.

Melinda Leake

Virgil and Ora Lee, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Know that I am thinking of you both and sending love/light for healing. Peace always, Amy Petrik (used work at St. Michael's)

Amy Petrik

Nancy and family, so sorry to hear of your loss at such a young age. Hugs and prayers.

Denise Lammers Webbert

When I think of Keith, I think of all the wonderful memories of raising our kids together Keith James Jr, Levi Kocmick, And his two step daughters Mindy and Melanie . Keith was such a wonderful father to them all, you will always be a part of our lives and hearts and will never be forgotten . May He Rest In Peace , and God bless the rest of his family

Gail Thompson

Our sincerest condolences to the family, Keith was a great man and will be missed by all. Many good memories with him and his family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very tough time. Love Barbara and Steve and Steven Thompson.

Barbara Thompson

I have so many fond memories of my Uncle Keith as a kid. We always had so much fun and he was always so good with us kid, playing or golfing off. Never a dull moment when we were all together. I know how much he will be missed and my thoughts and prayers are with his entire surviving family as the work through this difficult time. Love you Uncle Keith and may you rest in piece.

Michelle Griffin

I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort and hope in the Bible promise of a resurrection found in Acts 24:15 "And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous" and at John 5:28 "Do not be amazed this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out" How thankful we can be for the sure hope of seeing our dear loved ones again.


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