DANNY KOKER Danny Koker of Las Vegas and Palm Beach, Fla., went to be with our Savior, Lord Jesus Christ, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008. He was born in Detroit, Dec. 17, 1933, to his beloved parents, Mary and Stanko Koker of Yugoslavia. He was a musician, singer, composer, conductor and arranger in many quartets and bands such as: Foggy River Boys, Weatherford Quartet, The Cathedral Quartet, The Rex Humbard Family Singers and The Koker Family Singers. Known for his incredible talent as a pianist, he played for the likes of: Mahalia Jackson, June and Johnny Cash, Pat Boone and his family, Red Foley, Connie Smith, Jeannie C. Riley, Stuart Hamblen and Tennessee Ernie Ford. He spent over 20 years with the Rex Humbard Worldwide TV Ministries with whom he performed all over the world. In the early 1980's Danny started up Ch. 29 Television Station in Minneapolis, where he and his family had the award winning television show "Rejoice." In 1989, he started up KFBT TV33 in Las Vegas, later becoming the WB affiliate. Danny was a Green Beret with the 10th Special Forces Group stationed in Bad Tulz, Germany, a hockey player for the U.S. Army, a baseball player and an avid automotive enthusiast. He was a loving, devoted husband and father who is deeply loved and will be greatly missed by family, countless friends and fans around the world. He will forever be our Hero. He was preceded by his parents, Mary and Stanko Koker; his brothers, Peter Koker and Milford Koker; and his sisters, Bess Basar and Mary Hayes. He is survived by his sister, Dotty Marks and brother-in-law, Jim Marks and sister, Becky Koker, brother-in-law, Stevie Norris, sister-in-law, Linda Norris and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his beloved partner and wife, Mary; adoring daughter, Kim; loyal, loving son, Danny and honored daughter-in-law, Korie. Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, with services and interment immediately following, both at Palm Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Ave.
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Published in Las Vegas Review-Journal on Feb. 23, 2008.