Vlassios “Vlassis” Koukis

May 06, 1952 ‒ June 16, 2017

Delaware, Ohio

Vlassios “Vlassis” Koukis, 65, of Delaware passed away Friday evening, June 16, 2017.

He was born May 6, 1952 in Athens, Greece to the late Triandafilos and Katina (Kovtzadimitriou) Koukis and later proudly served his country in the Greek Army. Vlassis was a member of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Athens. When he met his wife, Susan (Robinson) Koukis, who was studying in Greece, he moved to Ohio, where they were married for 41 years.

Vlassis enjoyed sports, midnight snacks, boating and all things related to water, but his true passion was spending time with his children and grandchildren, and the many friends who he adopted into his Greek holiday gatherings as family. He played hard, was always up for a good prank, shopped hard, and loved watches, shoes, and buying presents for his family and friends. Everyone always knew when he was at his children’s sporting events-his vocal opinions were heard loud and clear (in a heavy Greek accent.) He kept in touch with all family members daily, and they knew to answer the phone even if they were at work.

He will always be remembered by his wife, Susan; daughter Natalie Koukis and her husband John Derr of Springfield; sons Alexander (April) Koukis of Westerville; Andrew (Keaton) Koukis of Lexington, Kentucky; grandchildren, Penelope, Lola and Olympia Derr and Knox and Reeves Koukis; sister, Angeliki Koukis and her husband Makis Skoutelakos of Athens, Greece; nephew and nieces, Harrys, Dora and Katerina Skoutelakos; and many cherished extended family and friends.

The family will host a memorial gathering to celebrate his life on Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 5 – 9 pm at their home, 333 Homestead Lane, Delaware, OH.

The Snyder Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the McConnell Heart Hospital at Riverside, 3525 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43214.

To share a fond memory of Vlassis or to offer a condolence to his family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

 

  • Susan and family,

    We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during your time of loss. While it is very difficult to think of now, we hope your wonderful memories of Vlassis will bring you comfort and peace.

    Sincerely,
    The Watts family

  • You are in our thoughts and prayers Susan. I have a lot of fun memories of Vlassis from our NHS cruises. Those good memories will help you and your family during this difficult time. Our prayers are with all of you.

    Fondly,
    Rick and Karen Brown
    Adam and Aaron

  • Susan and family,

    We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Vlassis always seemed so outgoing and full of life. He will be missed. You and your family are in our prayers.

    Our deepest sympathies,
    Jym and Cheryl Longstreth

  • Dear Susie, Alex, Andrew,and Natalie and your families,
    Our hearts are broken along with yours. We will always
    remember Vlassis as a kind hearted man who deeply loved his family and
    genuinely cared about others. We will always miss that smile and that keeen sense of humor. Please know that we are so sorry for your loss.
    With Deepest Sympathy, Kent and Kendra Beisner, Kurt and Kelly, and Kamryn Beisner, Kara,Karmadri, Kijyane, Kadrioan, and Kairey, Santiago, Jared, Amanda, Bradley, Isis, and Gwenyeth Beisner.

  • Dear Susan, Natalie, Alex, and Andrew and all of your families,

    So sorry to hear of Vlassis’ passing. Although our family gatherings became less frequent, Vlassis’ booming voice still echoes his greeting and unqualified welcome to all of our various celebrations. He always added a genuine, colorful note that will be remembered and cherished. Vlassis was one of those individuals who was true to himself as he enjoyed other personalities and recognized their individuality. I am very glad I knew him.

    Lucille Beisner

  • Susan and Family,

    We are so sorry for the loss of Vlassis. I have lost a Great friend who was like a brother to me. I have many fond memories of him, we shared a lot of great times together. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. God Bless All Of You. You and your family are in our prayers.

    Our Deepest Sympathies,
    George and Kim Simon

  • Susan and family,
    We were saddened to hear of Vlassi’s sudden passing. It was a tremendous shock to everyone !! We know you are devastated, and we send our love and prayers to help guide you through this difficult time. Fondly,
    Tony and Tee Heald

  • I will never forget how happy my husband was when he met Vlassis at Kelley’s Island. We were just docking at Portside. I came back to the boat to find this wonderful, laughing man having a grand time with my husband. Jim said, “Ang, he’s great! We should catch up with him later!” Imagine my surprise when we did run into Vlassis, and my long time colleague Susan, at the Pump a couple of hours later! It might be my only memory of Vlassis, but I think it’s a good one.

    My deepest sympathy to you all and hope for peace in your hearts.

    Angie & Jim Loftus

  • Susan and Family, It is with great sadness I send our condolences for the loss of such a great husband,father,grandfather,and friend. Vlassis was a larger than life character that will always be remembered for his humor,wit and unending love of life. He was an example for all men in the love of his family and his commitment to friendship. He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed..

  • We are saddened to hear of Vlassis passing. Please continue to share your memories.
    Dunfee and Thompson families

  • Natalie and family,

    I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing your father, but he had to have been an incredible man to have produced such a strong, intelligent and amazing daughter. I’m thinking about you all during this very difficult time. Sending strength and love your way.

  • While we did not personally know Mr. Koukis, we are sending our condolences to the entire family. We know he was a special person for we know he raised a special and wonderful son Andrew(Keaton) Koukis whom we met through family and friends. In his loving memory, live your lives fully and his memories will live on. Most Sincerely, Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth

  • Susan, Natalie, Alex and (godson) Andrew…
    We are so sorry for the loss of Vlassis that words cannot describe our feelings…
    As Greeks we have plenty of words feelings and fears about death. But what we all wish, is to leave this world painless and fast without pain, full of good moments, love, friends and family around us!
    Thankfully Vlassis had lived with all the above.
    Let’s keep all the happy memories and moments in order to keep him with us here!

    Sorry for not being able to be with you now…
    But our thoughts are with you…

    Sending our love: Aristos, Dina, Maria, Yiannis , the Pothos family.

  • I don’t really have words for how sorry I am for this loss. Vlassis was life & laughter. He will be so sorely missed. My love to all of you.

  • Dear Susan,
    My heart is so very, very sad for you and your family. You will be in my prayers in the days ahead.

  • Dear Susan, Natalie, Alex and Andrew,

    I am so saddened to hear about Vlasssis passing. I will miss his enduring spirit, smile and never ending conversation. The Hawes family will keep you in our thoughts.

    Richard, Jane, Emma and Colin Hawes

  • I am so sorry for the pain you all are enduring in the loss of your dear loved one. Please find strength & comfort in Gods promise that we will see our loved ones again in a world without suffering…the paradise earth God intended for mankind. An exciting time when Mr Koukis will embrace his zest for life again, healthy to enjoy doing all the things he loves along with his family & friends. John 5:28,29; Isaiah 33:24; Revelation 21:3-5; Psalms 37:10,11,29. JW.ORG

  • Susan I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband just know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers . If there’s anything that you or your family might need please don’t hesitate to let us know

  • We are all saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Vlassis. He will be missed by all that knew him. He had a personality and character that will never be forgotten. Out thoughts and prayers are with your family through this difficult time.
    All of his friends from Cummins

  • Alex
    Very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Although we did not have the pleasure of meeting him, I have heard a good deal about him and I am sure he will be missed.
    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    The Olneys

  • Susan, so sorry to hear of your loss! Many memories to share, the early years in homestead acres, all working together at Fishermans Wharf, then babysitting your children. So blessed to have been part of your lives.
    Mandy Kauble Bonnette
    Charleston, S.C.

  • Dear Susie and family,

    Carolyn and I send you our deepest condolences and sympathies for the recent passing of Vlassis. You have a great loving family that he helped create and maintain. Vlassis was such a warm and caring and humble person that he was easy to like. He always made us feel comfortable about whatever our circumstances were at the time. An easy man to befriend and I’m sure to love! Hopefully, your feelings of loss and sorrow pass quickly and your family continues loving each other as time marches on.

    our hearts and prayers are with you,
    love,

    Craig and Carolyn Beisner

  • Dear Susie and family,

    Carolyn and I send you our deepest condolences and sympathies for the recent passing of Vlassis. You have a great loving family that he helped create and maintain. Vlassis was such a warm and caring and humble person that he was easy to like. He always made us feel comfortable about whatever our circumstances were at the time. An easy man to befriend and I’m sure to love! Hopefully, your feelings of loss and sorrow pass quickly and your family continues loving each other as time marches on.

    our hearts and prayers are with you,
    love,

    Craig and Carolyn Beisner

  • Dear Susan,
    I met you and Vlassis 40 some years ago when I was at Ohio Wesleyan and very much regret not staying in touch. I was thinking of both of you today as I was passing through Delaware and learned of Vlassis’ passing. My sincere condolences to you and your family.
    (Pantelis) Lee Poseidon

  • We are so very sorry for your loss. Much love sent your way – from the McSwords family