Joe Dee Cocking

June 20, 1935April 1, 2021
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Joe Dee Cocking, age 85, passed away April 1, 2021. He was born on June 20, 1935 to Harry and Ruth Cocking in Wichita, Kansas. Joe was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend who will be dearly missed. He graduated from North High School, a gifted athlete in both baseball and football. In 1957, Joe married Olive; together they had two children, Carrie and Brent. Joe was employed as a Firefighter with the Wichita Fire Dept. After retiring from WFD in 1981, he then became employed at Cessna Aircraft. Following Cessna, he went into business for himself, then finished his working career as a Security Guard for the Wichita Eagle. Joe was preceded in death by his parents and son, Brent Cocking. He is survived by his best friend and significant other, Olive Cocking; daughter, Carrie (Ron) Lane; brother, Bob (Mary) Cocking; 3 grandchildren and their families, Brian (Matt), Shawna (Chris), and Travis (Montana); 5 great-grandchildren, Jaycie, Taylor, Greyson, Bastian, and Winter; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held 10:00AM, Thursday, April 8, 2021, at Resthaven Mortuary, 11800 W. Highway 54, Wichita, KS 67209. Memorial contributions in Joe's memory can be made to the Kansas Firefighters Museum, 1300 S. Broadway Street, Wichita, KS 67211, or to the Kansas Humane Society, 3313 N. Hillside Street, Wichita, KS 67219. Service for Joe will be livestreamed from Resthaven Mortuary & Resthaven Gardens of Memory Facebook page at


  • Brian Lane, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Travis Lane, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Chris Bruckner, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Greg Cocking, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jeff Cocking, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Hank Cocking, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Richie Loibl, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Matt Cocking, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, April 8, 2021



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Harry Simpson

April 4, 2021

The final bell has sounded and Joe is responding to the call. Wichita Firefighter. Godspeed Joe.

Robert Grundy

April 4, 2021

Carrie & Olive, So sorry to read about Joe. It Brings back memories of growing up with Joe in the north end and then being neighbors on Jewel Street. When he was a teenager him and his buddy's use to play work up baseball at Woodland Park. When he got up to bat it was hard to get him out, when he connected (which was most of the time) he would knock it out of the park ! Carolyn and I have alot of good memories of all of us living living on Jewell St. and next door to Harry & Ruth and Ginger ! Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.

Yvonne Cushenbery

April 3, 2021

I'm so sad for your family and for us. We all love Joe too. He was one of a kind. I'm glad I got to see him at some of the I'm so sorry, he will be missed I know. Much love to all of you. Yvonne