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Howard Murl Cocklin

Male 1895 - 1985


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  • Name  Howard Murl Cocklin  [1
    Born  8 Oct 1895  Grandview, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Obituary  1985  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    an unknown southeast Iowa newspaper 
    • Services held for Cocklin

      Howard Murl Cocklin, Grandview, Iowa, died suddenly Thursday afternoon, February 28, 1985, at Linn Manor Care Facility, Marion, Iowa.

      Howard was born October 8, 1895, the youngest son of Clinton and Millie Bernard Cocklin. He attended Avondale Country School, Grandview High School and Highland Park College, Des Moines.

      At the outbreak of World War I he enlisted in the US Navy and was stationed at Brooklyn Navy Yard. Here he received training as an electrician and a gyro compass operator. From there he was assigned to the submarine O-10 and later to a destroyer until the war ended November 18, 1918.

      After discharge from the Navy he worked for a short time for Norman Baker, Muscatine, Iowa, in the manufacture of steam calliopes and calliophones.

      He married Ruth Gast on June 13, 1923, at the Little Brown Church, Nashua, Iowa.

      Following marriage he started a garage repair business with Charles Nelson in Grandview. They sold Hudson and Essex cars.

      After surviving the depression years Howard built the DX Station and café on Highway 61. Later he built the Phillips 66 Station, café and motels. These he operated until the end of World War II in 1945.

      Following the service station years he was a farmer until retirement in 1955.

      He served as Justice of the Peace many years until that office was discontinued by the state.

      Surviving are his wife; one son, Dale Cocklin of Soldotna, Alaska; three daughters, Dr. Margaret McElhinney, Muncie, Indiana, Mrs. Paul (Marcilene) Bell, Rural Route, Letts, Iowa, and Mrs. Shirley Dean, Cedar Falls; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

      Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers, two sisters, one grandson and one granddaughter.

      Funeral services were held at the Stacy-Lewis Funeral Home, Columbus Junction on Tuesday, March 5, at 2 p.m.

      Committal services were held Wednesday, March 6, at 2 p.m. Graveside military rites were by Allen Right Hanft American Legion Post 100 with burial in the Grandview Cemetery.
    Social Security Administration Information 
    • Howard Cocklin; born: 8 October 1895; died: February 1985; last residence: 52752 (Grandview, Louisa, Iowa); last benefit: 52752 (Grandview, Louisa, Iowa); state where issued: Iowa
    Died  28 Feb 1985  Marion, Linn County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Cause: a stroke 
    Buried  6 Mar 1985  Grandview Cemetery, Grandview, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID  I26484  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Family  Ruth Mary Gast,   b. 18 Nov 1898, Grandview, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jul 1994, Cedar Falls, Black Hawk County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  13 Jun 1923  Nashua, Chickasaw County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    >1. Shirley Lorraine Cocklin
     2. Dr. Margaret Marie Cocklin,   b. 6 Jun 1924, Grandview, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 2000, Tucson, Pima County, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Dale Herman "Paul" Cocklin
     4. Marcelene Marlys Cocklin
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F9661  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S4010] World Connect - Tharps Mertz Hansons: tharpsbeus, (last updated: 2004-09-05 17:45:01 UTC (Sun), contact Jacque Mertz) (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S10922] Cocklin, Howard Murl - Obituary, (originally published in an unknown southeast Iowa newspaper, March 1985) (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S776] Social Security Death Index (Reliability: 3).