Ogle County Chairman Kim Gouker passes away

OGLE COUNTY (WREX) — Longtime Ogle County public official Kim Gouker has died, according to multiple county board members. Gouker passed away in his sleep, according to the board members.

According to Gouker’s Linked-In page, he was first elected to the Ogle County board in 1996. Gouker was elected to the position of the board chairman in 2012.

From 1971 to 1973 Gouker attended Rock Valley College where he earned a two-year Associate of Arts degree and went on to study at Illinois State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in math, business and economics, according to his page.

The Republican board member owned an insurance, annuities and tax preparation business in Ogle County.

Funeral services have not yet been announced. 13 WREX will provide updates on services as they become available.

In a statement sent to 13 WREX late Tuesday, Ogle County Board Member Benjamin Youman said:

“Kim Gouker unexpectedly passed away today.  He has and will continue to have lasting positive impact on Ogle County.  His personal approach and dedication to local county government provided growth and a lasting legacy for our community.  As Ogle County Chairman, Kim was instrumental in driving a number of key improvements for Ogle County including driving for new Jail and Judicial Center, setting long term zoning strategy supporting broad community outreach programs such as Focus House.  Kim also took the time to encourage a number of new members to run for County Board contributing to his personal belief of getting diversity of new people and backgrounds to serve in local government.  Kim Gouker set a broad and lasting vision and he will be missed.  We only wish to continue to build upon is vision to continue to improve our County and Community.  Our prayers to his family and loved ones and all the people he has touched.”
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