|(Sunday - March 21,
2021) - David A. Cocking, age 72, of Kingsford passed away unexpectedly
at his home on Thursday, March 18.
Dave was born October 30,
1948, in Iron Mountain, son of the late Howard and Grace (Pirlot)
Cocking. He graduated from Kingsford High School in 1966 and went on to
earn a Bachelor's Degree in business from Northern Michigan University.
He worked for Breitung Township before taking a position with Dickinson
Homes. From there he launched a lifelong career in residential and
commercial construction serving Dickinson County and surrounding
Wisconsin areas. In 2019, he retired from D.A. Cocking Company, the firm
he founded some 35 years earlier.Dave and his brother, Tom, also owned
and operated the Woodward Bar in Kingsford for several years. He enjoyed
reading, gardening, golfing, grilling and taking pontoon rides. He also
enjoyed playing cards, especially cribbage and smear with his buddies,
usually with a glass of Fortissimo in his hand.
Dave called West
Lake on Spread Eagle home for many years prior to moving back to
Kingsford. The lake was his sanctuary during his working years where he
spent quality time with loved ones and lifelong friends. There was
always a welcome sign at the dock and a beach full of joy and great
summer memories. He will always be remembered as a man of few but
meaningful words. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his
greatest source of joy and accomplishment later in life and he will
forever be loved and missed.
Dave is survived by his daughters,
Courtenay Nokes (Brad McKinnon) of Iron Mountain and Emily (Erik) Krull
of Kingsford; his daughters' mother, Jane Juchemich; three
grandchildren, Brooke (Brad) Uhazie, Alix Nokes (Charles Magley) and Ava
Krull; two great-grandchildren, ZanderMagley and Olivia Uhazie; two
nieces, Andrea (Mike) Celello and sons Zach and Gabe and Stephanie
(Braden) Mook and sons Jackson and Collin; one nephew, Chris Cocking and
his daughter Brittnae (Ed) Giesau and children Hunter and Macy; a very
special friend, Mary Lou Clement; and former in-laws, Suzanne (Larry)
Tinti, Darleen Smith, Dan (Jan) Kauper, Bill (Patty) Kauper and their
son, Andy; and many extended family members and good friends.
Dave was preceded in death by four brothers, Robert "Bob", Jerome
"Jerry", Thomas "Tom", and infant brother, Stephen; his step-mom,
Dorothy "Dolly" Sparapani Cocking and her brothers and sisters,
including a special Auntie, Tiny.
A visitation will be held on
Tuesday, April 6th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at the Erickson-Rochon and Nash
Funeral Home of Iron Mountain.
Condolences may be expressed to
the family of David A. Cocking online at:
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of
Iron Mountain with the arrangements.