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Bill Cocagne

April 5, 1949 — August 2, 2022


Devoted husband to Jan; proud father of Jeff, David, Talon, and Lance; and beloved grandfather of Jade, Annie, Ella, Liam, and Sam; Bill Cocagne, age 73, passed away peacefully on August 2 surrounded by his family. He valiantly fought cancer for the last nine months.

Bill was born on April 5, 1949, to the late Darrel and Annabel Cocagne, one of six siblings. He was graduated from Taylorville High School and Eastern Illinois University. His father, his brother, Jerry, and he owned Cocagne Insurance Agency for many years. In Central Illinois, he also represented the Township Officials of Illinois Risk Management Association, a capacity in which he distinguished himself by achieving the highest capture rate of any of his peers. Heearnedseveralprofessionaldesignationsandawardswithin the insurance industry. Bill was active civically, serving on the Taylorville Police and Fire Commission, as a Coal ton trustee, as a coach for youth sports, leader in the Cubs Scouts, and on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations.

Bill never saw a “fixer upper” with which he didn’t fall in love. He proudly counted at least 15 home addresses in his adult life. This trait earned him the admiration of his children, siblings, and friends; but also their laments, as they were frequently enlisted to help him move or install a new roof. He was a consummate fisherman (particularly the beer drinking element of the sport), lover of Bill’s Toasty burgers and shakes, detailed glass worker in his shop, and purveyor of drinks on his back porch with his many friends and neighbors. In later life, he exposed his children and grandchildren to Texas culture through trips to Whataburger and Texas Roadhouse. In his early 70s, he completed a sprint triathlon, and he loved biking on the trails near his native Taylorville and north of Dallas. Despite his declining health, he was particularly pleased to have attended his son Jeffís wedding just a few weeks ago and taken one last turn on the dance floor with his wife.

He is survived by his wife, Jan; sons David (Manasi) and Jeff (Devan); stepsons Talon (Lisa) and Lance Burton; granddaughters, Jade, Annie, and Ella; grandsons, Liam and Sam; his siblings Pat White, Denise King (Bill), Denny Cocagne (Nancy), and Jerry Cocagne (Lori), and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his infant brother, and his brother-in-law, Bob White.

A celebration of life will be held at a later time. In the interim, Billís family asks that you raise a bottle of beer or a glass of Fireball in his memory. He would enjoy that immensely.

In lieu of flowers, Bill’s family asks that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

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