Lance Cpl. Jacky Ray Koenig Jr.


Lance Cpl. Jacky Ray Koenig Jr., 20, of North Vernon passed away at 7:47 a.m. Japan Standard Time Sunday, April 9, 2017, (6:47 p.m. EST Saturday, April 8, 2017) at Marine Corps Base Smedley D. Butler in Okinawa, Japan.

Born Sept. 27, 1996, in Bakersfield, California, he was the son of Jack Koenig Sr. and Patricia Espinosa Koenig, both of whom survive in North Vernon.

He was a 2014 graduate of Jennings County High School. In 2015, he joined the Marine Corps and was stationed at Camp Pendleton, California, being deployed to Camp Butler in Okinawa, Japan. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in North Vernon. During high school, he was a member of the Jennings County High School track, cross country and wrestling teams.

He enjoyed various sports, but his love was track and field and cross country. He enjoyed weightlifting and was a member of the 1,000 pound club. He enjoyed cooking, participating in mud runs and while in Japan, jungle warfare training and gym time.

Other survivors include his sisters, Jana (Steve) Armstrong of Springville, LeeAnn (Zach) Chase of Bakersfield, California, Rhianna (Jeff Rowlett) Koenig of Madison, Sarah Ann (Bryan) Fox of Selma and MaryAnn (Josh) Myers of Plainwell, Michigan; grandparents, Alfred Espinosa of Bakersfield, California, and Lois Faye Koenig of North Vernon; five nephews and nieces; a great-nephew; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ernestina Espinosa and Eugene “Duke” Koenig.

The funeral service will be at noon Tuesday at First Baptist Church in North Vernon with the Rev. Ryan Goode and Father Jonathan Myers officiating. Burial will be in Vernon Cemetery with full military graveside rites by members of the United States Marine Corp.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services in North Vernon and from 11 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Jacky Koenig Memorial Scholarship established with Jennings County Community Foundation for track and field and cross country athletes.

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