Tara Koeck, 42, of Ree Heights, lost her hard fought battle with cancer on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen, surrounded by her husband, children, and mother. She believed till her last breath, she would beat cancer, sadly it was not to be.
Memorial Mass will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 11, 2016 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller with Father Chester Murtha, celebrant. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service.
Tara Marie Koeck was born July 27,1973 in Huron SD to Scott and Fran (Speirs) Hunt. She lived in Scottsbluff, Nebraska for a few years before moving to Gillette, Wyoming. where she attended grade school and high school, graduating in 1991. After graduation she spent time at Hart Ranch with her grandparents Keith and Geri Speirs before moving to Miller with them where she met and married the love of her life, Joe Koeck, on August 12, 1994. She lived and raised her five children with Joe on the family farm in Ree Heights until her death.
Tara loved camping, fishing, cooking and caring for her family. Her love of cooking led her to own and operate Bob’s Drive-In for many years, she had many loyal customers and friends at Bob’s and was heartbroken when her cancer treatments kept her from continuing to stay open.
She was survived by her husband, Joe of Ree Heights; two sons: Alan (Deidee) Koeck of Parkston and Ryan Koeck of Ree Heights; three daughters: Leanne, Lisa and Alicia Koeck of Ree Heights; mother-in-law, Agnes Koeck of Miller; mother, Fran Blair of Ree Heights; sister, Valerie Schaefbauer of Rapid City; aunt, Cindy (John) Arland of Miller; brothers and sisters-in-law: Paul (Sheri) Koeck of Saint Lawrence, Jerry (Judy) Koeck of Miller, Tim (Lori) Koeck of Ree Heights, Sheila Tople of Plankinton, Sharon (Alan) Kingsley of Sioux Falls, Diane (Jim) Beidler of Faulkton, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, nieces and nephews.
Tara was preceded in death by her father, Scott Hunt; baby sister, Jill Suzanne Hunt; father-in-law, Francis Koeck; stepfather, Stephan Blair; maternal grandparents, Keith and Geri Speirs; paternal grandparents, Russell and Florence Hunt; great grandparents, Hank and Alice Timm.
Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Tara’s arrangements.