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Clyde Cocke

September 18, 1928 - December 16, 2021

U.S. Veteran

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Clyde Cocke, 93, passed on December 16, 2021.  He was born on Mill Mountain, in Roanoke, VA, attended Jefferson High School, and graduated from West Point.  He joined the newly-formed U.S. Air Force, and flew 39 missions over Korea.  He then was employed by General Electric’s missile and space marketing group.

He married Frances Speegle and sired three children; Danese, Katherine, and Clyde, Jr.  They, as well as the grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and sister Sue Thresher, loved him and were loved in return.  Upon retirement, he met and married Jan Knutzen-Tamenne, and together golfed, followed his football teams, and above all, cruised and toured the world.  Clyde was kind, caring, and a true gentle-man.  He will be greatly missed.  His last wishes were to die in Jan’s arms, and to see the Army-Navy game.  He did both!

Many thanks to Good Sam Hospice who’s help was unbelievably kind and generous.

Inurnment will take place at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.  Arrangements by Tharp Funeral Home, Roanoke.

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