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12/10/2018 - Meryl Allan Cockrell

A celebration of life for Meryl Allan Cockrell, age 81, will be held at a date to be determined later in the spring.
 
A memorial has been established for the Ponderosa Villa Auxiliary of Crawford, NE or Home Health and Hospice. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.
 
Online condolences can be made at www.chamberlainchapel.com.
 
Meryl was born September 25, 1937 in Tulare, SD. He passed away on December 1, 2018 in Crawford, NE.
 
Meryl graduated from Tulare H.S.After graduating, he worked for Chicago & North Western Railroad, then served in the US Air Force for four years in active service and two years in the reserves. 
 
After his Honorable Discharge from the Air Force, he returned home and met the love of his life, Delores Armstrong. They were married in 1961, and to this union, four children were born.
 
Meryl worked 42 years for the railroad, first for the C&NW, then the Union Pacific, where he retired in 1999. Meryl enjoyed fishing and camping with his family, tinkering in his garage, and picking on the grandchildren.
 
He was preceded in death by parents Harry Sr. and Elise Cockrell, brother Clayton Cockrell, and infant son Danny Ray.
 
He is survived by wife of 57 years Dee; sons Bruce (Shelby) Cockrell and Jason (Melinda) Cockrell; daughter Teresa (Rich) McGinnis; sisters Harriot Binger, Norma Palmer, Ruby (Gary) Hugget, and Evelyn Ost; brothers Dennis and Harry Jr.; 12 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
 
He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
 
Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements for Meryl Allan Cockrell.

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