Funeral services for 53-year-old Davey Kock will be held at the upper gym at Ar-We-Va High School in Westside at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.
Pastor Richard Francis of United Church Westside will be officiating at the service, which will be followed by burial in Westside Cemetery and a lunch and fellowship time at Westside Community Building served by the United Church Women.
Music for the service will be provided by Rosemary Cameron and Laura Wilken, accompanying soloist Sue Rosener singing “All Good Gifts,” and the congregation singing “How Great Thou Art.”
Casket bearers will be Tim Austin, Tom Berg, Tom Cameron, Russ Hawley, Theodore Hawley, Tom Hawley, Allan Kock, Gerry Kock, Jeff Luetje, Gary Mendlik and Jary Quandt, Honorary casket bearers will be the past and present Ar-We-Va girls’ basketball players along with assistant coaches Larry Siebert and James Anderson.
Huebner Funeral Home of Westside is in charge of arrangements, and visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at United Church Westside with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to a scholarship fund in Davey’s honor, to United Church of Westside or to the Ar-We-Va Education Foundation.
Kock passed away early Tuesday morning, Sept. 25, at Carroll Health Center due to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, which he had been fighting since June but which had been diagnosed just 12 days earlier.
Kock was born in Carroll on Nov. 16, 1958, to Kenneth and Joyce (Aylward) Kock. He was baptized and confirmed at United Presbyterian Church, Westside, which later became the United Church.
He attended Ar-We-Va Community Schools, where he participated in football, basketball, track and baseball. He was all-conference in football and basketball and qualified for both the state track meet and the Drake Relays in the discus.
He earned a football scholarship to Morningside College, where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in agri-business in 1981.
He worked in the pork industry his entire career, first with DeKalb Swine Breeders and then in the livestock production division of Farmland Industries. In 2000, he was hired by Allied Producers Cooperative to raise funds and solicit members, and the group eventually invested into the newest packing plant in the country, Triumph Foods in St. Joseph, Mo. As general manager, he has been instrumental in the co-op’s success, and he enjoyed the friendship of the people he met all over the Midwest because of his work.
He enjoyed his full-time job greatly, but his greatest passion was basketball. He coached teams ranging from fourth-graders in Future Rocket Basketball to the Ar-We-Va varsity over the past 15 years, including seven seasons as Ar-We-Va’s girls’ head coach. He accumulated a 136-32 record, and his last two seasons ended at the Iowa Girls’ State Basketball Tournament, finishing as runners-up in 2011. He also coached two other teams to the regional finals and two to the regional semifinals, and he was named the Class 1A Coach of the Year for the West Central District in both 2008 and 2011.
He was a dedicated coach, spending countless hours watching game films, designing plays, planning practices, scouting, and analyzing statistics. However, when anyone commented about his teams’ success, his standard answer was, “The girls played well.” The theme of his coaching career was, “If It Is to Be, It’s Up to We.”
On April 24, 1982, he married Janine Jons at United Church Westside. They lived in northeast Iowa and in Indiana for eight months each before settling in Newton for five years and returning home to west-central Iowa in 1988. They welcomed daughter Kellsey in 1984, Kendra in 1987 and Jared in 1991, and he was his children’s biggest supporter in their activities throughout their high school and college careers.
He also enjoyed spending his spare time hunting. Also, for many years he had a cow/calf operation, enjoying caring for the livestock as well as gates and fences at the various pastures he maintained.
He was past president of the Westside Economic Development Organization and the Vail Swimming Pool Association, a board member of the Crawford County Foundation, and an elder at United Church Westside.
Davey donated his brain to the Mayo Clinic to be used for education and research of CJD.
Survivors include his wife, Janine of Westside; two daughters, Kellsey and her husband, Wade Morrison, of Dakota Dunes, S.D., and Kendra and her husband, Trent Fredericksen, of Bennington, Neb.; son, Jared Kock, of Ankeny; parents, Kenny and Joyce Kock of Vail; one brother, Dan Kock, of Westside and his children, Jocelyn, Danielle, and Alex; his in-laws, Dale and Marilyn Jons of Westside; two sisters-in-law, Barb and her husband Pat Wuestewald of Manilla and Doreen and her husband, Nicholas Hansen, of Westside; one brother-in-law, Steve Jons, of Des Moines; one nephew Adam Wuestewald, his wife, Stephanie, and son, Austin, of Norwalk; two nieces, Meghan and her husband, Jeff Wilson, and their daughters, Chloe and Julia of Elkhorn, Neb., and Molly Wuestewald of Omaha; many other relatives and friends.
Davey was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandparents, Pete and Emma Bell; his paternal great-grandparents, Bill and Bena Kock; his maternal grandparents, Leonard and Jessie Aylward; and his paternal grandparents, Leonard and Edna Kock.