Christopher James Gokee
August 30, 1981 ~ December 20, 2019
Today we celebrate the life of #16 Christopher Gokee.
One of our finest members, drove hours each week to attend games and practices. With a big smile on his face and a deep, boisterous laugh you could never be mistaken that Gokes was in the locker room.
You would also never miss Gokee on the ice. With the unofficial franchise record of most PIMS, he was just as comfortable in the penalty box as he was in the goalie crease wreaking havoc.
We will never know the extent of how deeply Chris was hurting, but we can say that he was loved and cherished deeply by his family, friends, and teammates.
Chris, you will be deeply missed by many. There will be some big skates left behind that can never be filled. Rest in peace, brother.
Of Jackson, Michigan, formerly of Iron Mountain, Michigan went home to be with the Lord on Friday, December 20, 2019 at the age of 38. Chris was the son of John William Gokee Sr. and Sharon Ann Anderson, born August 30, 1981 in Ypsilanti, MI. He is survived Dawnelle (Silva) Gokee of 12 years; daughter Mary-Lynn Gokee; two brothers, John (Sarah) Gokee Jr. and David Adamson; three sisters, Jeanette Kruger, Chandra Nierman and Brooke Robins; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, many friends, including his Michigan Warriors Hockey family. Chris was preceded in death by his mother, Sharon Anderson; step-mother Mildred Gokee; sister Jacquelyn Kay Wilson.
Chris was a graduate of Iron Mountain High School and attended Baker College in Jackson. He served his country in the United States Army during the Iraq War. He loved being a Zamboni driver for the Optimist Ice Arena in Jackson. He enjoyed hockey, Gunsmithing, flying kites, and radio-controlled cars. A celebration of his life will be held at Watson Funeral Chapel in Jackson on Friday, December 27, 2019 at 11:00am, Pastor Kevin Sullivan officiating. Interment will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery on Monday, December 30, 2019. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses.
The family will receive friends at the Watson Chapel Friday from 10:00am until the time of service.