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William T. Kouri


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William T. Kouri

William Kouri, 82, of Chandler, AZ died on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Lund Home/ in Gilbert, AZ.

William was born the youngest of 8 children on February 19, 1935 and grew up on his parent's farm near Winfred, South Dakota. After graduating from Winfred High School, he married the love of his life, Margret Johansen. They moved to Sioux Falls where, in addition to raising six children, William worked at John Morrell, never missing a day in 30 years. After retiring from John Morrell, William worked at Dayton's in Sioux Falls, always looking for an opportunity to help a coworker or customer and always with a friendly smile.

In 2001 William and Margret retired, sold their home in Sioux Falls and moved to Chandler, AZ. They relished visits from their children and grandchildren, as well as afternoon patio get-togethers with their Springfield Community neighbors and friends. In 2015, after being married 60 years, Margret died of ovarian cancer and William moved to the Village at Ocotillo where he enjoyed participating in many activities including, bocce ball, bingo, exercise classes, and his favorite, Friday afternoon "Happy Hour."

William was a kind and humble man and will be greatly missed by friends and family. Surviving William are his children, Lon (Sandra), Jo (Joe) Burnison, Tom (Camille), Kim (Mike) Marron, Rebecca (Jeff) Alexander, Greg (Jill). William also loved spending time with his grandchildren, Matt (Annie) and Michaela Kouri; Sam Burnison; Elyse and Tyler Kouri; Tori, Nick and Thomas Marron; Jake and Josh Alexander; Sophie, Claire, Cecilia and Frannie Kouri. Great granddaughter Ellen Kouri also had a special place in Grandpa Bill's heart.

Funeral services for William will be held at 10am on Friday, July 7, 2017, at St. Stevens Catholic Church in Chandler Arizona.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in William's name to:



1510 E. Flower St.

Phoenix, AZ 85014

602-530-6900
Published in The Argus Leader on June 8, 2017
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