PEABODY — Korey P. Kucker, 39, of West Peabody, died peacefully on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, surrounded by his family after a lengthy illness.
He was born in Salem on June 11, 1971, the son of Nancy (Chase) Kucker and the late Leonard Paul Kucker and had resided in Peabody most of his life.
Korey was a graduate of Peabody Vets. Memorial High School and received a degree from New Hampshire College in 1993.
He had been a boy scout in his youth and played on the Peabody Little League teams. It was then that he developed his love of soccer. He played for the Peabody High soccer team and also at New Hampshire College. Later he became a referee for the City of Peabody and Essex County soccer teams and refereed many state soccer tournaments.
Korey volunteered his time from the age of 8 at the Shrine Circus, the Haunted House and the Rodeo. At 21, he became a mason and went on to become a Shriner with Aleppo Temple in Wilmington, and was a member of the Aide's Association there.
He had been employed at the former MVP Sports store in Danvers as the head cashier. He also was employed at Hannaford Super Market in West Peabody as a service clerk while working full-time at MVP. Upon MVP's closing, he continued working at Hannaford until his illness prevented him from working. He was an avid outdoorsmen who loved waterskiing, knee boarding, tubing and boating. He had spent many summers at Lakeside Pines in Bridgton, Maine.
He is survived by his wonderful, loving and dedicated wife, Aimee (Naseman) Kucker; his sister and her husband, Jennifer and Michael Benoit. He was the proud uncle of Tyler and Brianna Benoit and also leaves his maternal grandparents, Louise (Bowden) and Babe Chase, many aunts, uncles, cousins and many close friends along with Maureen Hanna, Nancy's companion.