I, Leon (Jude) Herbert Cockerill, Jr. left this earth to be with my Savior, Jesus Christ on Saturday, August 19th, 2017 at 6:45 AM. I, Leon, Jr., the son of Leon, Sr. and Eva Cockerill, was born August 25, 1927, in Omaha, Nebraska. I was baptized and confirmed in Papillion, Nebraska. I was baptized again at Temple Baptist Church, in Fargo, ND. My mother, Eva, died when I was four years old. My new mother, Irene, did a wonderful job of raising her step children and children. I want to thank my mother for carrying me to full term. I am proud that the Lord was involved. This involvement came to have meaning. I am a sinner and I have cried many times about that. I want to apologize to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I remember the day that I asked the Lord to forgive me. I sat between Howard and Jean Nelson at Mapleton Presbyterian Church, Mapleton, ND. I cried because I was going to ask the Father to forgive me of my sins. My prayer was answered that night. I married Helen Pederson on October 9, 1949, at the First Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND. I want my wife, Helen, of 62 years and mother of my five children to know that I loved her. I went to church because of my wife. I remember my banker saying, “Jude, you are lucky and rich.” My parents and my wife’s parents meant a great deal to me. I want to thank the churches that have helped me. Washington Lutheran Church, Northwood, ND, First Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND, Harwood Lutheran Church, Harwood, ND, Mapleton Presbyterian Church, Mapleton, ND, Temple Baptist Church, Fargo, ND, Mision Bautista Buen Pastor Church, Fargo, ND, and Harvest Church, Moorhead, MN. I want to thank these churches for taking care of me. May God bless their members. Thank you to my great neighbors in Harwood, on my Mapleton farm, and in north Moorhead. I am survived by daughter Pamela Coleman, Orrville, Ohio, sons Lon (Kheng) Cockerill, Fargo, ND, Randi (Christine) Cockerill, Moorhead, MN, Brian Cockerill, Mapleton, ND, and Leon Cockerill III, Mapleton, ND. My two grandchildren, CA Coleman, Staunton, VA, Chip (Martha) Coleman, Apple Creek, OH. My three step-grandchildren, Cathie Lewis, Moorhead, MN, Eng (Hiep) Nguyen, Moorhead, MN, Leap (Scarlett) Chear, Sioux Falls, SD. My four great-grandchildren, Cody Coleman and Silas, Ezra, and Jesse Coleman. My five step great-grandchildren, Brandon, Nicholas, and Rachael Nguyen and Hunter and Olivia Chear. My sister, Betty Trom. My sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Ione (Ralph) Leet, Alden (Shirley) Pederson, Audrey Pederson, and Myrna Birrenkott. I love you all very much. I was preceded in death by my wife, Helen, brothers Robert and Dean, and sisters Phyllis Stuckle and Nancy Nelson. I am donating my body for medical research to the University of North Dakota Medical School, Grand Forks, ND. I must leave now. The Lord is calling me home. With love. Amen. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made either to Harvest Church, or Mision Bautista Buen Pastor Church, or the Salvation Army (Volunteer Services), or to the Sanford Health (Cardiac & Medical/Surgical Floor/Hospice), or to Temple Baptist Church, or to the VA – Volunteer Services.

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  1. I am so sorry for you all and the great loss you are going through. Jude was such an amazing man who brought much joy to many people. I looked forward to all of our little visit at the Shack every week and his presence will be missed. He would always tell customers that I was his “girlfriend”, or at least one of them:) Even at his age, he sure knew how to make a girl blush!

    To Jude, I will hold you to that dance when we meet again my sweet friend! God bless!
    Staci Ambuehl

  2. Sorry to hear of his passing. Enjoyed talking with him the last time we visited Temple Baptist church. Enjoyed visiting in Mapleton as well. God Bless.

    Dwayne and Kelly Whitaker.

  3. I enjoyed my time with Jude and his family during his time at Sanford. I am blessed to have been able to meet such a great man.

  4. To lose someone you love is to alter your life forever, May the belief in God help you’re family get through the coming days and weeks, I visited with Mr. Cockerill a few years back when I ran into him at Sandy’s Donuts in West Fargo. He spoke very highly of his children and grandchildren. Our heartfelt sympathy to all of you.

  5. Brother Jude will be greatly missed. He was a man with a sweet sweet spirit. We enjoyed all his sweet treats he made for us at Harvest Church. He showed us that you can share the gospel at any age. We will see you again brother Jude.

  6. Dear Jude
    You are already Dearly Missed at the Salvation Army. You were the Best! Thank You So Much for All the Yummy Banana bread. You were Awesome! I am so Thankful I was able to meet You. We are All talking about You at the Salvation Army. We All Loved You. The One who is taking this the toughest is Your Friend Charlie. He told me He thought of You like a Grandpa. Til I see You in Heaven I will as We All will Miss You.
    I think Your Funeral on Your Birthday is Perfect. God knows what He is doing. Having You Home on Your Birthday. Happy Birthday Jude
    ❤ You –til later

  7. It was my great pleasure and blessing to get to know Jude over the last few years. He worked as a volunteer at the VA Hospital and showed kindness, hospitality, and great generosity to patients and their families in the waiting room. We also attended Bible Study Fellowship together and shared a deep love for the Lord. Jude lived as a humble and joyful servant of God.

  8. Brother Jude was a wise old man with a big caring heart. He showed me how to make his yummy banana bread. He was loved by many and will be in their hearts forever. Thank you Jude for all the loving memories you gave me. You will not be forgotten.

  9. Praise the Lord Brother Jude you are whole, healthy and Alive forevermore, face to face with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!!! Well done good and faithful Servant enter the Lord’s Rest. See you soon Brother Jude. Prayers for His Family for Comfort, Peace, and Joy as they ponder his life and the time they had with this Child of God. The Lord bless them. Esparza’s.

  10. You will always have a special place in mine and Jasmine’s heart.We will miss your smiling face and your bread.

  11. Great video. We are so sorry to hear the passing of your dad. Prayers to your family.
    Tom and Linda Kasowski

  12. To all the family of Jude. Our heartfelt sympathy, and thoughts. Our prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. God be with all of you.

  13. Deepest sympathies to the entire family. Leon was an inspiration at the VA hospital. He always had a smile to share. At desk 2B he would bring treats, coloring books and magazines for loved ones waiting for news on a Veteran who had a surgery. He shared his homemade baked bread and banana bread with all staff at the VA. We always knew when he had been in the building as bread was left in many locations. He will be missed. He touched many lives. May God wrap his arms around all of you. I will remember his smile and his willingness to do good forever.

  14. Always looked forward to greeting Jude when I attended church, he was such a pleasant, gracious man–they just don’t come any nicer. His genuine friendliness was a real asset for his church, and a blessing to all those who knew him. Thank the Lord for people like Jude!

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