OBITUARY

Steven Robert Kocour

July 27, 1961December 3, 2018

Steven Robert Kocour was born on July 27, 1961 and passed away on December 3, 2018.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 12, 2019
REMEMBERING

Steven Robert Kocour

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Justin Zullo

January 15, 2019

I didn't know Steve for too long, only a couple of years, but in that short period of time, I learned about his talents for all things audio, and experienced first hand, his kindness and generosity. Since 2016 he had been volunteering his time and equipment to help a non-profit organization in Uptown put on concerts for youth in the area. That's how we met originally, and we spent many hours behind the board, hanging, chatting, goofing, and just taking in the performances. No matter what the circumstance, he took time out to make sure the audio was smooth, and offer up lessons about what he was doing. He was a unique person. A selfless person. Someone who would give you the shirt off his back if you were in need. And even more inspiring to me was his incredible ear and infinite knowledge of sound systems.

I want to just let him know, from me and the entire Kuumba Lynx crew: we appreciate all you did for us and the impact you helped make in so many young peoples' lives. You will definitely be missed, Steve!

Rest In Peace

-Justin

Phil Uhrich

January 11, 2019

Steve, you were simply the finest gentleman that I had the opportunity to work with on numerous occasions. I’d like to share a memory with your family.
My brother Dave and I , with you and Heather in the back seat, instruments in the back , on the way to Cleveland in the dark of the night. Dave’s first gig at a stellar venue, PEABODY'S . Steve could make even a new venue to him, sound like an album!!! My brother and I, and an unbelievable amount of musicians, have been fortunate enough to have met you. You Steve will be missed by many, RIP
I send my prayers to the family, however, mostly to you Max. Treasure your memories of your father. 💜 God Bless, Phil Uhrich

Randy Riley

January 11, 2019

Steve, like so many others, set me on the professional path to being an accomplished sound engineer. No matter how challenging the conditions were, Steve could make anyone he worked for sound like a million dollars. He also broke the mold of your typical grumpy soundman because of his bright smile, calm demeanor and exemplary professionalism. I’m sure most people would agree that Steve was among the best audio engineer and person you could find. I am proud to call him my friend. Thank you Steve for taking me under your wing and allowing me to provide for my family for so many years.

Bryan Caspersen

January 11, 2019

Steve was one of the kindest , most generous people I have ever known. I feel he touched so many peoples lives in a genuinely caring manner. I have lost a true friend. We have all lost a great man. God bless you Steve.

Keith Marks

December 21, 2018

I'm at a loss for words. I knew Steve when he was just getting started way way back. He used to kid me that it was all my fault that he got into doing sound. I'll take that as a compliment because he was so good at it. It was his calling and he was a natural. He had great instincts and an even better set of ears. But most important of all he was just such a good person. He put every band at ease so they could play better knowing he had their backs. He will be missed by everyone in the Chicago music community. Condolences to his son Max and to the Kocour family.

Ellis Clark

December 18, 2018

Our paths crossed many times over the decades. We both grew up in Winnetka and went thru it’s school system. His family bought our house on Elder Lane when my parents sold it. He mixed sound for my various bands including Epicycle & Social Act over the years. And we worked together at New Trier many times for the Jazz Concerts. I considered him a friend. I’m in shock at the suddenness of this as we were just working last Friday nights New Trier Jazz Concert. A warm caring person. What a great loss He will be sorely missed by the Chicago music community. My thoughts go out to his family.

Michael Balmes

December 17, 2018

I had my teenage years changed by Steve not only did steve put 2 of the largest speakers in my room 4ft by 3ft for nothen,he was the best person i ever worked for and hung with.he dated my sister awhile too.the only guy i thought was good enough for her.God bless Steve keep the tunes lights and smile on till we get there❤steve

Todd Sucherman

December 17, 2018

Steve was always a joy and as good as it gets behind the soundboard. When I was in the Falling Wallendas, in the early to mid 90s, we basically gave him every penny we made to mix us because he would make us sound like a million bucks, and better than anyone else on the bill that night (or any night) by a country mile. Nothing was ever a hassle, he made everything easy-- on stage and off. He didn't need to mix us--- he did simply because he liked us. So glad I was able to reconnect on the phone with him a few short years ago. What a guy. My deepest condolences.
Todd Sucherman

Andrew Distel

December 12, 2018

Steve was so great to be around. Things are not the same without him.

He was really wonderful at his profession, that much is sure, but more than that, he was a great human being. I loved talking to him and hanging out before, during and after any gig I was fortunate enough to play with him running sound. He was very thoughtful and so generous with his time. Like many others, I will truly miss him.

Much love to the Kocour family.

Samuel Hogan

December 11, 2018

Word couldn't explain how i feel right now..truly gonna.miss my friend..while with soniadada...steve took me under his wing..taught me. How to set up and breakdown stages...and always encourage me to take advantage of my god given gift to entertain...planted so many positive seed in my life that ill never forget..love you bro..RIP