Ivan Kokes: 1925 – 2002
He was born in Prague, the Czech Republic, on Nov. 9, 1924, to Miroslav and Marie Kokes, the middle child of three sons, leaving the Republic in 1948, when the Communists overtook the country. He arrived in the United States in 1949 and was drafted into the U.S. Army six month later.
Settling in New Jersey after the Korean War, he was unable to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor. He attended night classes at Rutgers University to become an architect, at the same time pursuing a career in the construction field becoming a masonry contractor and land developer.
In 1971, he moved to New York, engaging in numerous business endeavors.
In 1972, Kokes married Phyllis Clement of Watertown, N.Y.,; that same year he formed Resotech Corporation , a manufacturing firm he operated until 1976, when he then moved the company to Waverly, N.Y.
In 1980, he moved to Colorado and began building multi-family and single-family homes with his brother, Jerry. Over the next 10 years the brothers built numerous homes in Eagle-Vail and Singletree.
Ivan retired to Naples, FL in 1992.
He is survived by: his wife, Phyllis, of Naples, Fla; sons Tim Clement of Watertown, N.Y., John Clement of Edwards, Peter Clement of St. Cloud, Fla., James Clement of Tequesta, Fla.; daughters Margaret Kelly of Tequesta, Christine LoVecchio of Waverly, N.Y., Mary Jane Peterson of Tequesta; brothers Jerry Kokes of Eagle-Vail, Mike Kokes of Sea Girt, N.J; and many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ivan Kokes loved Colorado, especially during the summer monsoon months when the wild mushrooms would flourish, spending hours in the High Country searching for mushrooms. After moving to Naples, he would return to Colorado in August every year to stock up on his winter supply.
This spring, friends and family will gather in Colorado for a celebration of Ivan’s life and spread his ashes over the mushroom fields on Red and White Mountain, above Avon.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.