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Remembering Larry Kokesh 1936-2021

Jim Mann, Ron Ray, Dennis Worth | Published on 9/13/2021
Larry Kokesh

CCC member, Larry Kokesh, age 84, passed August 12 after an extended illness. Larry grew up in St. Louis, where cycling is very popular. He often did the Moonlight Ramble, a city ride done yearly in August when the moon is nearly full. He used to tell of a St. Louis bike ride which began in the city and ended at a monument, dedicated in 1923 to an early St. Louis cyclist (see below). Larry was into racing and in 2005 while living in South Florida, he won the 20K road gold medal in his age group. During the same year he placed 14th in the 5K and 11th in the 10K at the national senior games in Pittsburg Pa. Soon after moving from South Florida to Thomasville Ga, he joined Capital City Cyclists, doing most of his riding with the CCC “Riding Not Working” group. In 2016 he set a record time in his age group at Capital City Senior Games, for both the 5K and 10K. His records in those events, have yet to be matched or broken. Off the bike, in St. Louis, he was on a bank board and president of a fire protection district. Larry was an average bridge player, but he loved a poker game and usually ended up a winner.

StLouis Monument

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