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PARIS, Ill. - Jerry Lee Cockcroft, 72, of Paris, passed away at 11:22 p.m. Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Ind. He was a retired high school administrator. He was born Oct. 30, 1944, in Terre Haute, the son of the late Earl and Gladys (Cunningham) Cockcroft. He married Pamela J. Tuttle on June 12, 1971, in Hutsonville, Ill. She preceded him in death May 5, 2001.
Survivors include three children, Amy K. (William) Blystone of Paris, Douglas W. (Melissa) Cockcroft of Metropolis, Ill., and Shelby E. Cockcroft of Glendale Heights, Ill.; and two granddaughters, Allison Xanna Blystone and Abigail Jane Blystone, both of Paris.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Kay Cockcroft Kraemer.
Mr. Cockcroft was a graduate of Paris High School. He earned his bachelor's in education from Indiana State University and his master's degree in administration from Eastern Illinois University. Prior to completing his education, he assisted his family in running their general store in Elbridge Township. His teaching career began in 1966 at Rosedale Junior High School in Rosedale, Ind., where he taught history for three years. He then taught at Chrisman Junior High School in Chrisman, Ill., from 1969-1996 before serving as principal of Chrisman High School until his retirement in 2000.
Jerry made traveling a priority and traveled extensively with his wife for many years, especially to their favorite destinations of New Orleans and the Caribbean. In his spare time, he enjoyed model railroading. He will be remembered for his quiet generosity, his great but slightly macabre sense of humor, and for his love of education that extended well beyond his formal career.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorials be made to the ECCF Cockcroft Memorial Scholarship.
Services celebrating his life will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. CDT Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Templeton Funeral Home, Paris, with Brother Kurt Speece officiating. Burial will follow in New Providence Cemetery in Elbridge Township. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Additional information and online condolences at:
Published on March 13, 2017
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