Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel & Parkview Cemetery

2021 North University Street, Peoria, IL


Dylan Michael Cockerham

December 14, 1999September 12, 2020
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Dylan Michael Cockerham, age 20 of Peoria, passed away Saturday, Sep. 12, 2020 near Manito from an automobile accident. He was born Dec. 14, 1999 in Rockford, IL to Shawn Cockerham and Connie Gesswein. Survivors include his mother and step-father, Connie and George Ashmore of Franklin, TN, father and step-mother, Shawn and Amy (Wilkins) Cockerham of Canton, one brother, Darius George of Vienna, IL, his girlfriend, Skylar Olinger of Bartonville, grandparents, Mike and Cheryl Cockerham of Manito, Sandy (Tony Fritter) Cockerham of Barefoot Bay, FL, Evin and Wilma Brown of Rockford, and Mary and Ron Foster of Peoria, and Darlene Lockhart of Franklin, TN. Also survived by great-grandparents: Ruby Cockerham of Pekin, Lois Bubbert of Fremont, NE, many beloved aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins. Dylan also loved his pets: Cooper, Buttercup, Bella and Roxy. He loved these dogs even though he was allergic to all of them. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Peggy Gesswein, great-grandfathers, Floyd Cockerham and Elgin Knudsen. Dylan attended ICC and received his Real Estate license in July 2020. He most recently was employed at Keller Williams and had recently started showing houses. He attended Richwoods Christian Church. He enjoyed investing in stocks, making music, traveling with friends, and making people laugh. He loved watching Jim Cramer’s Mad Money and Impractical Jokers. He was an avid sneakerhead and most importantly loved napping. Dylan will be remembered for his sense of humor, infectious laugh, and determination. He wanted to be a millionaire by 50, live in the city, travel, get married and have kids (then move to the suburbs). He owned his first home at age 20. Cremation rites have been accorded with a private family memorial service with Pastor Marty Hunt. A public celebration of Dylan’s life will be Saturday, Sep. 19, 2020 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Pavilion at Detweiller Park, 8327 N Galena Rd, Peoria. Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial funds/donations can be sent to Esther House, 6847 N Allen Road, Peoria, IL.


  • Esther House


  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, September 19, 2020

  • Private Memorial Service

    Saturday, September 19, 2020



Dylan Michael Cockerham

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September 22, 2020

Here is a young man that represents the best of America, so full of life and promise. He obviously lived an entire and complete life in 20 short years, one could only hope to do the same. His family and friends must cherish the time they had together because meeting people like this is so very rare. I know that his parents must be very proud, and devastated, and confused, but above all remember the special human being you created. You can see it in the eyes of everyone around him. I have no doubt that he changed the world for the better. Rest In Peace Dylan.

Sr. Mercy Marie Gallagher

September 20, 2020

Dear Cockerham Family,

May the love of the Lord be your strength during this difficult moment. I am so sorry for your loss.

My name is Sr. Mercy Marie and I am a Religious Sister in the Institute of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Dylan's grandfather was my pole vault coach in high school which is why I was informed of your loss. Please know that I have been praying very much, offering masses and rosaries for the soul of Dylan and for consolation of each one of your family members.

Simply from looking at the picture of Dylan one can tell that he was a young man full of joy. There a no words in moments like these but we know and trust that God's plans are greater than we can imagine and that what awaits us after this life is so much more than what we can even expect.

I will continue to pray very much. May Our Lady's Heart be your refuge during this difficult moments.

With much love,
Sr. Mercy Marie Gallagher, SCTJM

Melissa (Missy) Meadows

September 18, 2020

I didn’t personally know Dylan, but I had the pleasure of volunteering at the Esther House with his mom Connie. I always enjoyed Connie and her bright smile. I can see from pictures Dylan got his mom’s beautiful smile. Such a handsome young man.

I’m thinking and praying for your entire family and Dylan’s friends. No words anyone says can help ease the pain...but Jesus!!

Please know I’m thinking of you Connie!!

Amy Patrick

September 18, 2020

I have never met Dylan, but I know his father and grandmother Sandy. If he was anything like them he was awesome with out a doubt. I’m so very sorry for your tragic loss. Your in my thoughts and prayers. ❤️🙏🏻

RandyandDeb Kelly

September 18, 2020

Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. May you find comfort in your memories. Sending our deepest heartfelt sympathies to you. So very sorry for your loss

Jackie LoBianco-Heffren

September 17, 2020

I know Dylan's dad and step-mom, but only met Dylan once, when I closed on his new home. What a contagious smile he had. He was so sweet and so excited for his new place. Thinking of all of his family and friends at this time ♡ I hope you all find some peace.

Joshua Graham

September 17, 2020

I did not know Dylan well, or at all really. We were coworkers at Olive Garden and with the above said, he was very efficient at his duties. Very friendly and it was good to see him on shift.
My heart hurts for your family to have lost him.
With great sympathy,

Joshua and Stacy Graham

Mike Brown

September 17, 2020

I didn’t know Dylan for to long, but he was a great friend when I met up in Peoria and he had a great personality and love being around with his friends. He will be greatly missed by all his long ones. R.I.P. Dylan!

John Barrington

September 16, 2020

Dylan was a student at Dunlap where I teach and his smile would light up a room, hallway, or any place he was. He loved to make others smile. He also would go out of his way to help others. He was a great friend to many and will be missed.

Rena Musgrove

September 16, 2020

Dylan was an amazing young man. He was always friendly and worked very hard in school. It was an honor to teach this young man. I am very sorry for your loss.

Ms. Musgrove
Von Steuben Middle School


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