Stanley Peter Koke
May 8, 1928 – February 12, 2021
Stanley Peter Koke was called home to Heaven on February 12, 2021, after a brief illness and complications from COVID 19. He was born May 8, 1928 in Dickson City Pennsylvania to parents William and Jennie Koke. Stan graduated from Dickson City High School where he excelled in academics and athletics; he was known as “swivel hips Koke” after scoring 5 touchdowns in one game. After high school Stan entered the Army and served his country in Trieste Italy during WWII and received an honorable discharge in 1947.
Returning home, after the war, Stan moved from Pennsylvania to Grand Prairie Texas to work at LTV Aerospace and met the love of his life Bobbie Goff. The two were married in 1957 and continued to live in Grand Prairie for the rest of their lives. Stan and Bobbie had two sons: Kyle and Kurt. Stan and Bobbie were devoted to their family and many friends over their 63-year marriage. They spent endless hours at sporting events and community activities and were both devoted members of Faith Lutheran Church for 53 years.
Stan was instrumental in organizing “Peewee” football in Grand Prairie and spent endless hours as a baseball coach for his sons’ teams, but also served as an influential figure for many boys’ lives. After his coaching years, he became “Poppy” to not only to his grandchildren but for everyone who spent time with him. He always had a kind word and a quick story for everyone that needed a laugh. He was always willing to help, no matter who asked, no matter what it was for, or how long it took. He will be remembered as the “Greatest Grandfather” to his 6 grandchildren and his 5 great grandchildren.
The family wishes to express gratitude to the caregivers and friends from Fidelis Home Care for their care and support during the later years of his life.
A PRIVATE SERVICE will take place Sunday, February 28, 2021 at Bean Massey Burge Funeral Home in Grand Prairie. Due to protocol from COVID-19, the visitation and funeral services will be attended by Family only, as to limit exposure during this time. The family will have a “Celebration of Life” gathering in honor of Stan’s life for all family and friends later this spring.
Stan will have PRIVATE BURIAL at the National Cemetery on March 1, 2021 to honor his services to our Country.
Stan is preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Koke, his parents, William and Jennie Koke and his brothers Walt, Gene, and Robert Koke. Stan is survived by his sons Kyle Koke (Leah) and Kurt Koke (Melinda); his grandchildren, Kendra Berg (Jacob), Malorie Corcoran (Philip), Zachary Mobley (Brittany), Kelsie Serice (John), McKenzie Tully (Joseph), and Blake Koke; his great grandchildren, Brynlie Berg, Adelyn Corcoran, Braxton Berg, Clara Serice, Henry Mobley; and numerous, much loved, nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers: Jacob Berg, Philip Corcoran, Blake Koke, Zachary Mobley, John Serice and Joseph Tully
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association on-line at www.alz.org, or by mail to Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.
- Jacob Berg, Active Pallbearer
- Philip Corcoran, Active Pallbearer
- Blake Koke, Active Pallbearer
- Zachary Mobley, Active Pallbearer
- John Serice, Active Pallbearer
- Joseph Tully, Active Pallbearer
- Alzheimer's Association
Funeral Service (Private for Family Only) Covid 19 Restriction
Stanley Peter Koke
March 1, 2021
Alan and I, along with Sara, Russell and Katie, are so very sad. Stan was a kind and sincere gentleman, genuinely interested in all our lives. He would listen intently and offer encouraging and supportive words in a way which made us all feel special.
With our own long gone, we loved him as our surrogate father and grandfather. Thank you for sharing beloved Poppy. Our lives are all the richer.
Debbie and Bill Gladen
February 27, 2021
Bill and I are so sorry for your loss. Stan was an incredible man. He was an awesome father and grandfather. Stan will always hold a special place in my heart and will alway be remembered for how heartfelt and special he was. You all are so lucky to have had such a special Dad and Ole Poppy in your life ! Prayers go out to all during this very difficult time. Love you all !
February 26, 2021
Sorry for your loss, coached with Stan in YMCA football. A good man, will be missed.
February 25, 2021
So sorry for your loss, Kyle/Kurt. Your dad was a special person in our young lives in Grand Prairie baseball. We had a great competitive run in our youth days. Stan was so supportive of all of us. 🙏
February 25, 2021
My heart goes out to my Koke cousins. Favorite Uncle by far, so much like my father. Loved listening to all their stories. I’m sure he received a warm and loving welcome. He will be truly missed by all of us. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.
February 23, 2021
Condolences to friends and family, from John K. Barnes and family.
February 18, 2021
Family of Stan,
Gary & I are sorry for the loss of your dad. We spent many times
talking at Oxford Glen when he was there with your mom and we
were there with Gary's dad (Malcomb James) Loved talking to
your mom and him at lunch. He was so dedicated to come up
there no matter what the weather was like. He was a really sweet man and he loved his kids and the grandkids and the whole family.
I know you will miss him a lot but always remember the fun things you did with him and all the ball games he was at with the boys.
Gary & Karen James