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Robert Koci

Bob Koci

Saturday, February 20th, 1932 - Saturday, May 29th, 2021
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A Celebration of Life for Bob Koci, age 89, of Chambers will be at 7 pm Friday, June 4, 2021 at Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill with Rev. Wayne Owens officiating. Memorial Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Friday at Biglin’s Mortuary. Bob passed away on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at his home in Chambers. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Joseph Koci was born on February, 20, 1932 in Schuyler, Nebraska to Joseph and Rose (Sedlacek) Koci. He was baptized into the Catholic Faith. His parents, older sister, and he moved to Chambers, Nebraska. When Bob was a young boy, he learned hard work and the value of a dollar. By the time Bob was seven, he worked the fields alongside his father, planting corn and putting up hay. He graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in O’Neill in 1949. Bob was accepted into Veterinary School in Manhattan, Kansas, but his plans were cut short when he was drafted into the Korean War.

Bob entered the U.S. Army on November 3, 1952 and after basic training, spent 14 days on a ship to Japan, before continuing on to Korea. He was in several battles and engaged in hand-to-hand combat. Bob earned the rank of staff sergeant, and later platoon sergeant. Bob never forgot the day, while he was talking with his Squad Leader, a sniper shot him and he fell into Bob’s arms. He received the Combat Infantry Badge for Excellence and the Rifle Precision Badge for Marksmanship. Bob was Honorably Discharged on November 3, 1954 and he then returned home to Chambers to continue ranching with his father.

While in Korea, Bob began receiving letters from people in the Chambers community. He became pen pals with Sylvia Loseke and upon returning to Chambers, the couple started dating. They were married on June 8, 1957 at the Catholic Church in Emmet. They continued to ranch until their retirement. Bob will be remembered as a hard worker, an excellent rancher, and a steward of the land. He took great pride in keeping the tree groves cleaned up and the tall piles of fallen trees on his ranch were the backdrop for many senior pictures. He was often seen riding his Honda 4-wheeler on county roads accompanied by his beloved dog.

Bob’s wishes were to be cremated and have his ashes scattered over the hills on his favorite section of land on a sunny summer day.

Bob is survived by his wife of 63 years, Sylvia Koci of Chambers; three daughters and their families that he loved above anyone else, Nader Johnson of Oakland, Nebraska, her son, Bob, and grandsons, Oliver, Ramsay, and Sully; Juli McCumber and husband, Rod, of Atkinson, their sons, Brady and Cory (Amelia), Joan Denker and husband, Don, of O’Neill; several nieces and a nephew.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Dorothy (Bob) Brazda.

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Barb Shane

Posted at 02:07pm
So sorry for the loss of Bob , he was a wonderful man and great grandpa to Cory and Amelias, he will be missed .
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Lib Kumm

Posted at 09:23am
We are very sorry for your Nader, Juli, and Joni and families.
Delray and Lib Kumm
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Linda Walton

Posted at 08:34am
As you grieve know that we are remembering you and honoring the memory of "Robert Koci".
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Dennis & Roxanne Ryan

Posted at 10:16pm
Our deepest sympathy and prayers to the family.
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Doris Rasmussen

Posted at 06:49pm
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Loved to see him when he came into Bomgaar's when I worked there. Prayers to family and friends.
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