Kenneth Corcoran Obituary - Oshkosh, WI | -

Corcoran, Kenneth E. "Kenny"

OSHKOSH - Kenneth E. "Kenny" Corcoran, 86 of Oshkosh, Wis., passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, at his home, surrounded by his family, after a diagnosis

of pancreatic cancer in December.

Ken was born on Oct. 10, 1934, to Joseph and Matilda Corcoran in Madison Wisconsin. He attended St. Raphael Grade School and graduated from Edgewood High School in 1952. During his high school career Ken occupied his time playing football, basketball, and baseball. After high school Ken was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates and played for the Billings Mustangs of Montana. As Kenny said, "I stayed long enough for a cup of coffee, and it was really cold there!" So he returned to Madison and married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Strenger, in 1954.

In 1967, Ken accepted a position with Klein Dickert Company and relocated his family to Oshkosh. He packed his wife, Barbara, and five young children into his station wagon, with the kids and Barb crying all the way to Oshkosh. Ken and additional partners purchased the Klein Dickert location in Oshkosh, which eventually became Omni Glass & Paint, where he worked for 30 years until his retirement in 1997. His retirement didn't last long, however, as Ken and his sons started their family business, Corcoran Glass & Paint. He enjoyed working closely with his family and friends until the age of 85.

Ken loved the Oshkosh community and took every opportunity to teach his children the gift of giving back. He was involved in Lakeshore Kiwanis, MMC, and the YMCA, where he met many lifelong friends. He served as both the Lieutenant and District Governor of Kiwanis and was the President of the YMCA board of directors for several years. He continued his love and support of the YMCA throughout his years.

Ken lived life with joy and laughter and always made everyone feel like family. He loved hosting his children, grandchildren, neighbors, and friends. There were Sunday Fundays at his pool and Packers and Badgers parties with always enough Diet Pepsi and Corcoran Cheese Dip to go around!

Ken's passion was sports! He loved watching his kids and grandkids play, as well as many others, you know who you are, and we thank you all for adding years to his life! He enjoyed following various high school basketball and softball teams and was even awarded "Fan of the Year" by the Oshkosh North Girls Softball Team. Ken also loved traveling to Badgers basketball games with his buddies, John Maschke, Tom Zak and brother-in-law, Skip Strenger.

Continuing his legacy are his five children, Karen (Jeffrey) Jacobson of Oshkosh, Jeffrey (Janell) Corcoran of Appleton, Robert (Judy) Corcoran of Pewaukee, Julie (Michael O'Neill) Pollnow of Oshkosh, and Jay Corcoran of New London. 15 grandchildren (all of whom were his favorite) include Kelly (DJ) Hinz, Kenlin (Nate) Grams, Casee (Ryan) Hawkins, Cam Corcoran, Lauren (Dany Zapata), Ben (Jessica Guzman), Maddie (Sam Howard), Jake Ganther, Brett (Carly) Corcoran, Kayla Corcoran (Lucas Liegel), Brennan (Gabbie Pung) Pollnow, Griffin (Siri Smits) Pollnow and Fynn, Riley, and Cullen Corcoran. 11 great-grandchildren include Oliva Hinz, Parker and Addison Grams, Brady Corcoran, Brynn and Braylee Spata, Porter and Barrett Meach, Sam, Ella and Jack Hawkins. Ken will always hold a special place in the hearts of his brother- and sister-in-law, Joseph "Skip" and Sue Strenger, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He is surrounded by those who have gone before him, including the love of his life, Barbara Corcoran; his parents, Joseph and Matilda Corcoran; in-laws, Robert and Emma Strenger; brothers and sisters-in-law, Grant and Addie Corcoran and Dean and Patty Corcoran; sisters and brothers-in-law, Verna and James Taylor and Donna Jean and Dale Crotty; niece, Connie Corcoran; nephew, David Crotty; and grandson, Brett Meach.

The family wishes to thank Jenny from Ascension Hospice, Matt Sommerfeldt and the Oshkosh Fire Department, and the many friends and family who have reached out during the past month.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at 12 p.m. at ST. RAPHAEL CATHOLIC CHURCH, 830 S. Westhaven Drive, with Father Tom Long and Father Daniel Felton officiating. A time of visitation will take place on Saturday before the service from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at the church. A committal service for Ken will be in RESURRECTION CEMETERY CHAPEL (Madison) on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, at 11 a.m. Ken's family asks that memorial tributes be made to the Corcoran Family Community Fund, established in 2005, at the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, 230 Ohio Street, Suite 100, Oshkosh, WI 54902, which supports children and community projects.

Dad, Grandpa, Papa, Big Pa - Thank you for always being our biggest fan and the creator of "the team!" We love you and will miss you!

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