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Bryan Kokalj

February 8, 1988 — November 4, 2021

Bryan Kokalj

Bryan Andrew Kokalj

Age 33 of Channahon, Illinois, passed away comfortably on Thursday November 4, 2021 at home surrounded by love, as Bryan wished. He battled in the bravest moments and had the strongest courage a guy could have.

Born February 8, 1988 in Joliet, Bryan Andrew is a son of Kenneth Eugene and Linda Marie (Soto) Kokalj. He was raised and educated in New Lenox and graduated from Lincoln Way Central High School with the Class of 2006.On February 26, 2016, Bryan married his best friend and soul mate, Emily Kramski in Mokena. He was a proud member of IBEW Local 19 and loved working for Nicor (Southern Company Gas) and with his amazing coworkers and supervisors.

Bryan was an avid Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Eagles, NASCAR, WWE, and Chicago Blackhawks fan. He enjoyed fishing, music and traveling to Mexico, as well as taking his wife and kids to Florida and Disney World. Bryan loved spending time going to sporting events with his brother Tony and his best friends “The Boys”. He was a loving husband, father, son, brother, and grandson who will be greatly missed by those who knew him.

The family would like to especially thank Dr. Matthew Reynolds, Angela Kurien, and team. As well as Dr. Edward Melian, Dr. Mark Christensen, and Dr. Joseph Hindo for the loving care they showed Bryan.

Survivors include Parents: Kenneth and Linda Kokalj; Wife, Emily Kokalj, Three Kids: Cruz Kokalj, Cullen Kramski, and Lili Kramski; Maternal Grandparents: Gabe and Marian Soto, who Bryan was very close with; Brother, Tony (Kirsten) Kokalj; seven nieces and nephews: Payton and Reid Kokalj, Tyler and Brynn Waddell, Jaxson and Josephine Brubaker, and Gwendolyn Parfievich; Surviving Spouse Parents: Karen (John) Meagher, Joseph (Patricia) Wasek; Sibling in law’s: Jenny (Brett) Waddell, Brie (Jeff) Brubaker, and Karlye (Bill) Parfievich, as well as numerous cousins, aunts, and uncles. Bryan also leaves behind three dogs: Daisy, Winnie, and Miley; and two cats: Binx and Pumpkin.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Leroy and Betty Kokalj, and one aunt, Kathy Yirsa

Cremation rites have been accorded, and a Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at Mission Bible Church 412 North Wabena Avenue, in Minooka. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of memorial service, 11:00 a.m., with Pastor Brent Molskness officiating. Those attending are asked to dress casually and wear any sports attire of their choosing.

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