John A. "Jack" Cocking
December 22, 1933 – July 11, 2018
Retired Master Sergeant John A. “Jack” Cocking, 84, went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 11, 2018, surrounded by his family. He was a 20 year U.S. Air Force veteran serving in post-war Korea, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and two tours in Vietnam. Jack was born on December 22, 1933 in Mount Clemens, Michigan to Leslie J. and Bertella Cocking. In 1952, he joined the Air Force serving as a Jet Aircraft Crew Chief. Following his retirement from the Air Force in 1972, Jack continued his career as an F-4 Aircraft Trainer in Saudi Arabia for Northrup Corporation, followed by a 10 year career with the United States Postal Service and a 10 year career as a Citrus County Public School bus driver. He was also the owner-operator of Jack and Karen’s Mobile Home Rentals. Jack was a brave and loyal patriot, as well as a dedicated and loving husband and father. He was a member and deacon of Grace Bible Church for 35 years, and he served with Teen Missions International as Head Team Leader for seven summers at various missions locations around the world. Jack is survived by his wife of 65 years, Karen; four sons: Michael (Kim), Mark (Dianna), Martin (Leslie), Matthew (Teri); eight grandchildren: Martin II (Gina), Joyce (Richard), Jay, Maria (Keelan), Jessica (Travis), Michele (Casey), Jackie, Amanda and 11 great grandchildren: Nicco, Jeremiah, Rachel, Aydenn, Samuel, Micah, Gideon, Fintan, Jaxon, Leslie and Daniel. A viewing will take place at Wilder Funeral Home in Homosassa on Friday, July 13, 2018 from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. The funeral service will take place at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 14, 2018 from Grace Bible Church, 6382 Green Acres Street, Homosassa, FL 34446. Interment at Royal Palms North, 2600 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg, Florida following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Bible Church Missions. Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa. www.wilderfuneral.com
- Leslie J. Cocking, Father
- Bertella (Thomas) Cocking, Mother
- Karen A. Cocking, Beloved wife of 65 years
- Michael Cocking, Son
- Kim Cocking, Daughter-in-law
- Mark Cocking, Son
- Dianna Cocking, Daughter-in-law
- Martin Cocking, Son
- Leslie Cocking, Daughter-in-law
- Matthew Cocking, Son
- Teri Cocking, Daughter-in-law
- Jack is also survived by his eight grandchildren: Martin II (Gina), Joyce (Richard), Jay, Maria (Keelan), Jessica (Travis), Michele (Casey), Jackie, Amanda and eleven great grandchildren: Nicco, Jeremiah, Rachel, Aydenn, Samuel, Micah, Gideon, Fintan, Jaxon, Leslie and Daniel.
- Visitation Friday, July 13, 2018
- Funeral Service Saturday, July 14, 2018
- Burial Saturday, July 14, 2018
John A. "Jack" Cocking
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July 15, 2018
Jack was a very special person. I alway looked forward to that bright smile and to his hugs.
May the Lord put his arms around you and give you his comfort and peace.
July 13, 2018
Aunt Karen and Family, We are so saddened by the loss of Uncle Jack. Heaven has gained another Angel. We wish could be there for you and our cousins. I hope you can feel BIG Hugs and our love! We will cherish all the memories we have with Uncle Jack. One that comes to mind that was just a few years ago, was dancing with him at a family wedding. I will always remember great conversations and the best hugs! He was an amazing person that will live on in all of you.
LOVE, Mike, Deb, and Andrew Trundle, Kayla and Mike Bright
July 13, 2018
Karen, very sorry for your loss. Jack was such a special person. What a great and wonderful life you had together.
I pray God gives you strength in this transition. One thing for sure, there is no doubt of this man’s salvation. I wish you peace and love. Londa
July 12, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss, I will miss him greatly.
I am sorry we are not able to be there, all of you are I’m our thoughts.
Darlene , Mallory and Emily