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Romaine F. Kocer

Romaine F. Kocer

Funeral mass for Romaine F Kocer will be 10:30 A.M., Thursday, September 13, 2018 at St John's Catholic Church in Wagner, SD followed by burial in St John's Catholic Cemetery, in Wagner, SD. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3 to 5 PM at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Wagner, followed by a 7 pm rosary/wake service at the church.

Romaine F Kocer, passed away on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at the Good Samaritan Society in Wagner, SD.

Romaine was the oldest of four children born to Thomas and Clara Kocer on April 5, 1929, in Wagner, SD. On June 5, 1950, Romaine married the love of his life, Helen M Schoch in Hosmer, SD.To this union, six boys were born.

Romaine owned and operated Kocer Implement for 30 years. After he sold the dealership he returned to his love of farming and fixing his vintage tractors and farm equipment. He spent years perfecting his watermelon crop, and soon became known as the "watermelon king" because he grew the best melons in the State.

Those left to mourn are his sons: Bill of Wagner, Paul (Susan) of Fort Morgan, Co, Steve (Donna) of Chamberlain, SD, Chuck of Wagner, Leonard of Wagner, and Romaine (Barb) of Sturgis, SD; 18 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. He also leaves behind his one and only sister, Mary Ann (Ken) Loxtercamp of Waconia, MN; sisters-in-law Rita Kocer and Karol Kocer of Wagner, SD; and brothers-in-law Henry Schoch and Louie Schoch, Lodi, CA.

He was preceded in death by his wife Helen, parents Tom & Clara Kocer, brothers Albert & Thomas, and 3 grandchildren.

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