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Samuel David Kocsis

August 23, 1919 February 23, 2013
Samuel David Kocsis
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Obituary for Samuel David Kocsis

Sam D. Kocsis, member of the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame, passed away at his home in Wolverine Lake on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at 93. Born in Detroit, Michigan, he attended Redford High where he was a star on the golf team. He graduated from the University of Detroit (where he won the NCAA Championship), and served in the U.S. Army Air Force toward the end of World War II. He was married to Irene Virginia Kocsis (nee Berent) who preceded him in death by three years, and together they lived with their family in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan for over 30 years where they attended St. Hugo of the Hills Catholic Church. He is survived by seven children, six grandchildren, and one great granddaughter.

He was a lifelong member of Atlas Valley Country Club (Grand Blanc), and part of the famed Kocsis golfing family. He is the only Michigan resident to win the USGA Public Links, and won the Western Junior Championship at the University of Michigan golf course, the Tri-State Championship twice, the Michigan Amateur Championship in Charlevoix, the NCAA Tournament, and the Michigan Senior Open. He holds the course record at several courses in the Midwest region. He was inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame on his birthday, August 23, in 1987.

A classic of “the Greatest Generation,” from humble Hungarian immigrant roots, he worked in steel and tool-and-die manufacturing (he owned the Sam D. Kocsis Foundry and worked in sales for Kurtz Steel) serving the American auto industry for over three decades. He was known for his distinctive and understated sense of humor, extraordinary generosity, demanding standards, and intense loyalty to his family. He described his happiest moments as being surrounded by his children and grandchildren. His children, Paula Campbell (Dennis), David (Eeva), Colleen Collier (Larry), Mary Beth (Brad Allan), Patricia, Francine, and Susanne (Lee Berry); and his grandchildren, Jenifer Robb (Brett), Christopher Collier (Stephanie), Ruth Kocsis, Max Berry, Karl and Sam Allan; and great granddaughter, Alexis Collier, will miss him deeply, but share in an abundance of memories of laughter, joy, and a life well lived.
Sam enjoyed his very long life to the fullest, and loved two things above all: his beautiful wife Irene, and being out on the links on a sunny summer day.

Funeral from Lynch & Sons Funeral Home N. 340 Pontiac Trail Walled Lake (3 Blks. S. of Maple Rd.) Tuesday 11 AM. Interment Christian Memorial Cultural Center, Rochester Hills. Friends may visit Monday 4-9 PM. Memorials to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Covenant House appreciated.


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