Leo Charles Cockrell was born October 25, 1929 to Helen (Sadler) and Timothy Cockrell in Durham, Oklahoma. He passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at his home in Florissant, Missouri.
Leo grew up on a wheat farm, raising cattle that was interrupted during the Dust Bowl, in the summers his family did wheat combining starting in Texas and finishing in Colorado. He graduated from Pan Handle A&M in 1952 with a degree in Math and Physics. He was the valedictorian and held the record for the highest-grade point average for over 10 years. He taught high school math and science in Canadian, Texas for one year before being drafted. Leo and Carol were married on October 17, 1953 in St. Louis, Missouri. Leo at that time was in the United States Army and stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. After Leo’s discharge in 1954, he and Carol lived in St. Louis until 1956. In 1956, McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company transferred them to Alamogordo, New Mexico. In 1960, Leo’s work brought them back to Missouri where he has lived in Florissant until his death. After working at McDonnell Douglas for 40 years he retired and enjoyed gardening and following the St. Louis Cardinals. He is survived by his son Dennis, daughter-in-law, Peggy Cockrell of Snohomish, Washington; granddaughters, Denise Cockrell of Phoenix, Arizona and Julianne Cockrell of Chicago, Illinois; sister Melba Higgins of Amarillo, Texas; brother Glen Cockrell of Durham, Oklahoma and sister Wanda Estes of Mobeetie, Texas.
Along with his parents, he is also preceded in death by his wife Carol Cockrell, son Craig Cockrell, brother Dale Cockrell and brother Donald Cockrell.
A Memorial Service will be held in April 2018 at Silent Home Cemetery in Roll, Oklahoma where he will be laid to rest along with his wife and son.