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Douglas Cockrell

Douglas Cockrell obituary photoDouglas Cockrell, age 58, of Huron, died Sunday, January 15, 2012, at Sioux Falls.  His funeral service was at 10:00 AM Thursday, January 19th, at the Kuhler Funeral Home.  Burial was in the Bonilla Cemetery at Bonilla.

Douglas Cockrell was born March 16, 1953, to Donald and Dorothy (Hamilton) Cockrell at Huron.  He graduated from Redfield High School in 1971 and then from South Dakota State University in 1975 with a bachelor of arts in English Secondary Education.  He taught freshman English Composition in Arkansas and English at Brookings High School.

On November 10, 1973, Douglas married Ann Marie Keller, the daughter of Bruce and Sally Keller of Ashton, South Dakota.

Doug will be remembered as a devoted friend and family member, using letter-writing to stay in contact with those he loved.  He was an avid reader; an accomplished poet; loved music and playing the guitar; enjoyed football and was a long-time Cubs fan.  He was active in 12-step recovery, and was a long-time member of the Huron Downtown Alcoholics Anonymous and the Bradfield Leary Center.   Doug was a teacher during every interaction, having particular interest in science, religion and nature.  All were often topics of his poetry, letters and conversations.    

Over the years, Doug was active in writing poetry, providing poetry readings at community functions and mentoring others in their writing pursuits.  In addition to his own collection of poems, A Strange Descending (1992), his work was published in a number of anthologies and periodicals including  As Far As I Can See, The Decade Dance, Horizons: An Anthology of South Dakota Writers, Peril and Promise: Essays on Community in South Dakota and Beyond, Oakwood, and Poetspeak In and About Their Work.

Doug was preceded in death by his grandparents; his father Donald in 1988; his mother Dorothy in 2010; and his fiancÚ Deb Hofmeister.

Grateful for having shared in his life are his children, Laura (Scott) Ford of Lennox, Robert Cockrell of Seattle, Washington, and Christine (Justin) Tvedt of Chicago, Illinois; three grandchildren, Marissa, Zachary and Kaylene Ford; two sisters, Vicki (Mike) Berg of Grangeville, Idaho and Angela (Mark) Bohannon of Grandview, Missouri; one brother, Randall Cockrell of Watertown; one niece; and three nephews.

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