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COCKE, Jimmie B. Sept. 21, 1925 June 25, 2014 Jimmie Cocke passed away peacefully with his family at his side. Jimmie Cocke is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Irma Katharina (Hummer), whom he met in Austria during
, his daughters Yvonne (Al) Mercer and NeySa (Corky) Young, sons James (Carol) Cocke, Joseph (Mary) Cocke and John (Gloria Ku) Cocke. He had eight grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, James Nathaniel Cocke and Annie Sue (Bobbitt) Cocke, his brother Joseph, and sisters Ernestine, Betty and Louise. Jimmie Cocke was a true soldier as he proudly served in the
. He retired "active duty" as a Master Sergeant 23+ yrs, after which he joined the Army again as a Civil Servant and retired as a GS13 with a total of 50 years of Army duty. He fought in WWII, Vietnam and assisted as an Intelligence Consultant during Desert Storm. He was a brilliant linguist and performed his duty as a soldier and a gentleman. He developed a Ground Forces Order of Battle Handbook which was the standard for US Continental Army Command, US STRIKE Command and US Atlantic Command. He along with his team was instrumental in taking down the infamous Iron Curtain. He was awarded the highest peacetime honor the Army can bestow, the Legion of Merit as well as the
, and the US Army Service medal. Jimmie Cocke will be interred at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, CA. (Contact family for details). Irma is asking in lieu of sending flowers that donations be made to the Parkinson's Foundation (
) or the
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