Brad Allen Kocks

brad kocks
Brad Allen Kocks, 37, of Bay City, our positive, thoughtful, and caring father, son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend was born into eternal life on Sunday, March 6, 2016. Brad was born in Saginaw on August 11, 1978, the son of Edward Kocks and Joan (Grocholski) Mazzara. He graduated with the Class of 1997 from Bay City Central. Throughout life, Brad was known for his love of sports, especially U of M, Detroit Tigers, and the Red Wings. Brad served in the U.S. Marines during Operation Iraqi Freedom, receiving the following awards: Navy Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with "M" device, and the Rifle Expert Badge. Brad was an outstanding athlete in football and basketball, but especially baseball; he inspired many. His heart was larger than life, and he left a lasting impact on all who were fortunate to cross paths with him. Brad leaves to cherish his memory, his son, Braxton O'Dell, and special friend, Megen O'Dell; mother, Joan Mazzara; father, Edward Kocks and wife, Judy; grandmother, Lila Grocholski; step-father, Larry Mazzara; brother, Eric Kocks and wife, Erica; step-siblings, Elaina Richards and husband, Grady, Bobby Mazzara and wife, Kerrie, Kim Swantko and husband, Matt, Lisa Jesse and husband, Glenn, along with many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Brad was welcomed home to heaven by his grandparents, Eugene Grocholski, Julia Charleton, Carl Kocks, and his uncle, David Grocholski. Brad's family will be present to receive visitors on Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM Vigil for Brad at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. On Friday, March 11, 2016, Brad will be taken to Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish (St. Stanislaus Kostka Church), 1503 Kosciuszko Ave., Bay City, where visiting will continue from 9:00 AM until the time of his 10:00 AM Funeral Liturgy. Fr. Rick Filary will officiate with the Rite of Committal to follow in St. Stanislaus Kostka Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family, c/o Joan Mazzara for the establishment of an educational fund for Brad's son, Braxton. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at

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  1. We were stationed together from 2002-2005. A good athlete who loved Michigan football like myself. I am saddened to hear of this loss. May you rest in peace my brother, safe travels.. If the Army and the Navy
    Ever look on Heaven’s scenes,
    They will find the streets are guarded
    By United States Marines. Semper Fidelis!!

  2. My deepest sympathy to his family. I’ll always remember that goofy laugh of his. You’ll be remembered Brad. R.I.H.

  3. Sorry about your loss Ed, your son had quite a background and seemed to be well liked.
    – Kevin Grimaldi

  4. Marine,
    I miss football Friday, telling you how Notre Dame is going to beat Michigan in football, and you and G ganging up on me. You will be missed brother. To Brad’s family, my sincere condolences on his passing. I knew him well for a few years. He was a great athlete, and had a huge heart. He will be missed by everyone that he touched.
    Semper Fi brother!
    MGYSGT Knapp

  5. I am sorry to hear of Brad’s passing. I feel I knew him only briefly when he had a paper route (I worked for the Bay City Times) but he impressed me as a energetic and positive young man.

  6. with love Battle Creek VA bldg 22 Veterans purchased the Divine Peace Bouquet for the family of Brad Allen Kocks .

  7. I never meant, you but you are my brother. All Marines are brothers. Let all hearts fear not for you, as you go on your ” last patrol”, for God will be leading you on this mission.
    God bless and SEMPER FI.
    Your brother, Larry Sova USMC

  8. Ed,
    So sorry to hear about your son.
    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

    Louie and Kathy Skulley Passariello

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