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John Rex Kocherhans

John Rex Kocherhans passed away in Provo, Utah on May 2, 2008, at the age of 81. His death was caused by complications resulting from a fall. Rex leaves behind the greatest treasures of his life, his loving wife Mary and their large posterity. He is lovingly remembered and will be dearly missed by his 11 children; Penny and Roger Bushman, Kerry and Randy Stenson, Kelly and Rob Chalmers, Rex and Jan Kocherhans, Jeff and Kim Kocherhans, Tom and Ruth Kocherhans, Nicki and Kyle Nebeker, Ed and Teresa Kocherhans, Mami and David Young, David and Teri Kocherhans, Paul and Arienne Kocherhans, 82 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren.
Rex was born in Lovell, Wyoming, on March 6, 1927, to Rupert and Verona Kocherhans. He was the oldest son in a family of five boys and one girl. At the age of 18, shortly before the end of World War II, he joined the Army. After his military service, he came home to marry his sweetheart, Mary Croft, on Christmas Day, 1946. Their marriage was sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple. They recently celebrated 61 years together. He attended the University of Wyoming, majoring in music, and had a beautiful solo voice that was tragically silenced by an early hearing loss. He had a long career as an agent and manager for State Farm Insurance in Wyoming and Utah. Rex has lived his life as an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was the first Stake President in the Wind River Wyoming Stake, (now the Riverton, Wyoming Stake). After moving their family to Provo in 1969, he served at BYU as a Bishop, High Counselor, and in a Stake Presidency. He was dedicated to missionary work and was a great choir director, teacher, and speaker. Rex and Mary served a mission together to Vancouver, British Colombia. His hobbies included Gospel study and missionary work, keeping a perfect yard, buying and selling cars, and camping and fishing. He was a beloved friend and neighbor. His family was his greatest joy and the most important work of his life, and he leaves them a legacy of love, dedicated service to the Lord, and enduring to the end.
Funeral services will be held at the Suncrest 10th Ward Chapel, 90 North 600 West, Orem, at 12:00 noon. Friends may call Wednesday, May 7 from 6-8 pm at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 East 800 North, Orem, and Thursday prior to the funeral from 10:00-11:30 am at the stake center prior to services Burial will be in the East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery. In tribute to his life of service, the family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers a contribution could be made to the LDS Church Missionary Fund.