Jeremie Kobler

SERGEANT JEREMIE JAMES KOBLER, 38 BELOVED SON AND BROTHER, ADORING HUSBAND AND FATHER ROCKFORD - Sergeant Jeremie James Kobler, 38, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. He was born Nov. 10, 1973, to David and Linda (Marquez) Kobler and baptized at Oregon Methodist Church. From a very early age, Jeremie felt called to serve - Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, U.S. Air Force, and the Winnebago County Sheriff Dept. He graduated from Auburn High School in 1991 and attended Rock Valley College; he completed his education in the military. He served in the U.S. Air Force Security Police Forces active and reserve for 17 years, rising to the rank of technical sergeant stationed at Scott Air Force Base. He deployed to three active-duty rotations to the Middle East and one each in Turkey and Albania. Jeremie distinguished himself by his devotion to duty and was awarded six outstanding service in time of war medals, the meritorious service medal, a humanitarian commendation for non-lethal containment of the enemy in armed crisis, and commendations for 100 non-duty hours in protecting a military installation of 1,300 personnel. He was selfless and accepted deployments for others. He joined the Sheriff's Dept., as a corrections officer in 1995, rising to the rank of staff sergeant. Jeremie married Danielle Craddock on Oct. 23, 2010, and they celebrated the birth of twins, Connor and Chloe about a year later. He loved playing with his children, which was reflected in another love - photography. He delighted in taking and sharing hundreds of pictures of his family, children and dog, Bob - his longtime playmate and fetch partner. He was a member of Beth Eden Methodist Church and played rugby for the Rockford Ravens. Jeremie is a hero to those he led, to his coworkers, his family, wife, children and friends. Endless in his love for life and country, Jeremie Kobler will remain beloved. Survived by wife, Danielle and daughter, Chloe and son, Connor, all of Rockford; parents David and Linda Kobler of Rockford; brothers, Matthew of Long Beach, Calif., and Jason (Debbie) of German Valley; nieces, Madysen and Alice; nephews, Johnny, Jakob and Joseph; paternal grandmother, Katherine Bertling of Dixon; aunt, Judy Tilton of Rockford; aunt and uncle, Karen and Mike Joynt of Dixon. Predeceased by maternal grandparents, Dorothy Sanner Marquez and Dagoberto V. Marquez; and paternal grandfather, George Kobler. Service at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Road, Rockford, with visitation from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.; Pastor Ross Miley will officiate. Burial in Arlington Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Express online condolences at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.

Published in Rockford Register Star from Sept. 29 to Sept. 30, 2012