Dale Kete Cockrell, MD

  • Born: September 6, 1938
  • Died: September 29, 2015
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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Dale Kete Cockrell M.D.
79, passed away on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. He was born in Double Springs, Al., to Haskell Cockrell and Velma Blake Cockrell. He lived there until he was 13 years old and his family moved to Muncie, Indiana, where he graduated from Muncie Central High School at the age of 16. He then worked until he could join the Navy. After he was honorably discharged Kete returned to Muncie where he earned his college degree at Ball State University (formerly Ball State Teacher's College) in 1962. While there Kete worked a full time job and served as president of his fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha. Next stop was to Indianapolis, IN, where he entered Indiana University Medical School and graduated in 1967. Then it was on to Phoenix, Arizona for one year where Kete served his internship.
With his education behind him he moved back to Indianapolis and started his career as a Family Physician in 1968. During his career he became Board Certified in Addictionology and became a member of ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine). Many of his patients said he was a lifesaver for them. Kete also was the Medical Director at St. Vincent's Stress Center for 10 years, served several terms as Director of the Indiana Physicians Assistance program and the Indiana Nurses Assistance Program. He ended his career treating addicted patients and helped so many of them.
In 1983 he married his best friend, Nancy Perrey Cockrell and they shared a very loving marriage for 32 years. Kete enjoyed many activities during his life including: golfing (his favorite), skiing, traveling, attending plays, and movies. He was also a big fan of the Indianapolis Colts and had been a member of CCI, Country Club of Indianapolis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Howard Cockrell, sister, Velma Olene Moody, and niece Nena Cockrell. Kete is survived by his wife, Nancy, children, Dale Kete Cockrell II (Karen), New York, NY, daughter Jill Zengalis (Luigi), Chicago, IL, step-daugher Vicki Hollis (Chris), Lebanon, IN, brother-in-law, Crantford Moody, Double Springs, AL, and a nephew Chris Cockrell, Baytown, TX, grandchildren, Jax and Janie Ingrassia, Tessa and Chance Cockrell, and step-grandchildren, Harrison and Payton Hollis.
Kete will be greatly missed by his family and friends and especially by his two dogs, Teddy and Lucky.
Visitation will be Friday, October 2, 2015 from 4-8pm at Flanner and Buchanan-Carmel, 325 E. Carmel Drive, Carmel, IN. Funeral service will be Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 12:00pm with additional visitation one hour prior. Entombment will take place at Washington Park North Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the Cockrell family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.


Condolence & Memory Journal

You are greatly missed Dr Cockrell. We don't know what we would of done if we hadnt found you. You were more than our doctor you were our friend. I'll miss our conversations about your time in the Navy and all the wisdom and great advice that you always gave me. You are greatly missed and may you rest in peace.

Posted by Josh & Heather Raley - New Castle, IN - patients   October 09, 2015

Back in the early 1970's I was new to Indianapolis, new to Indiana and needed a doctor, I found Dr. Cockrell in the phone book and he was down the street from where I lived. I am so glad that I happened to find him, he was a wonderful doctor. He was what all doctors should aspire to be, a good doctor, knew what he was doing and spot on treatment. I missed being his patient when he moved his practice. I think I measured all future doctors based on having him as a doctor. My condolences to his family, I know he will be sorely missed. Prayers and thoughts with the family. Ann Pitcock, patient

Posted by Ann Pitcock - Indianapolis, IN - patient   October 05, 2015

Myself and husband had the pleasure of meeting doctor Cockrell slightly over a year ago. He was truly an amazing and understanding doctor. He will be greatly missed by these two patients, no doubt about it. It was a blessing to have him as our doctor. This world truly lost a good guy! Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, especially Nancy.

Posted by Angel Brown - indianapolis, IN - patient   October 05, 2015

I had the pleasure of working with Doctor Cockrell at IMG and Brougher Plaza. Doctor Cockrell would kindly help me understand the difference problem and challenges my father and brother would have to deal with their different health issue. He could always put a smile on your face. Doctor Cockrell will be greatly miss.

Posted by Lois Carter - Indianapolis, IN - Friend and coworker   October 02, 2015

Sincere condolences to my little brother's (LXA Fraternity - BSU) wife and children from an old friend.

Posted by Jerry Tincher - Linton, IN & Foley, AL - Friend   October 01, 2015

DR.Cockrell was an awesome doctor he changed my life in so many ways . I will forever and always be grateful to him. He sure will be missed. I use to look forward to going and just sitting and talking with him for my appointment . I send my deepest sympathy to his family and friends . God bless

Posted by Holly Rubow - kokomo, IN - patient   October 01, 2015

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