Chase G. Cockrell

May 09, 1991 ‒ October 02, 2018

Columbus, Ohio
Formerly of Sunbury, Ohio

Chase Gregory Cockrell, age 27, of Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Sunbury, died unexpectedly Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

He was born May 9, 1991 in Westerville, Ohio, the son of Greg and Michele (Morgan) Cockrell.

Chase enjoyed playing peewee football from a young age, continuing through high school. He also joined the ski club, which led to a great passion for snowboarding and long boarding. Chase took piano lessons, guitar lessons, and drum lessons. Perfecting none but, enhancing his love for every genre of music from classical to bluegrass

From a young age, Chase dreamed of becoming a pilot. He was 20 hours away from obtaining his private pilot license when an accident put that dream on hold. Feeling the need to be in the air, he took up paragliding.

With all that said, he found time to help his Dad with the planting and harvesting of the family farms. He especially loved the John Deere tractor with the GPS.

Chase enlisted in the Ohio Air National Guard November 4, 2009. He successfully completed the Aerospace Maintenance Apprentice Certificate of Training, obtained his A&P Certification, and received several outstanding achievement medals. Chase currently holds the rank of Staff Sergeant at Rickenbacker Air Force Base. He loved his job and the connection he had with his military family.

Described by his family as fun loving and quite the entertainer, Chase enjoyed people and never met a stranger. His love for history and tales of long ago times gave him a special connection with people from all walks of life.

Along with his parents, Chase is survived by his sister Amanda Morgan (Jason) Opoka, grandparents Sarah Jane Cockrell and Jerry Allan Morgan, niece Evelyn Jane Opoka, numerous aunts and uncles, and a close-knit family of many friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Carolyn Faye Morgan and Dean Junior Cockrell.

Visitation will take place Sunday, October 7th from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at The Bridge (formerly First Baptist Church of Sunbury), 12259 N. Old 3C Highway, Sunbury, Ohio 43074.  Funeral services celebrating Chase’s life will be conducted at The Bridge on Monday, October 8, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., Pastor Dan Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Trenton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Chase’s memory may be made to the following organizations: Rickenbacker Military Families, The Bridge, or Dodd Hall Rehabilitation.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve the Cockrell family.  Special memories and condolences may be expressed to them at

  • All of you do not know how you are on Gay and my heart!! Thinking of you in our thoughts and prayers.

  • All of you do not know how much you are on Gay and my heart!! You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • We are so sorry to hear of Chase’s passing, your in our prayers.
    Chuck and Mary Laisure

  • Our deepest sympathy to the Cockrell Family. So sorry for the loss of such a young man who was a friend of so many. May the Lord give you His peace and comfort during these days!!
    Our thoughts and prayers,
    Ralph and Betty Linkous

  • Chase was such a delight and such a fun character! He was a wonderful employee, friend and man and that, no doubt, is a testament from his incredible family! I’m sorry for his passing and I am praying so hard for your family!

  • Sending my condolences on the loss of Chase. He was a great guy and always knew how to make people laugh. When you were having a bad day he always knew how to turn it around.

  • Our deepest sympathies to the Cockrell family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Tom and Cassie Rice

  • Dear Greg & Michele:
    We are very sorry to hear of the passing of your son. We are praying for you and your family.

  • Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of Chase. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers as with you navigate the days ahead. We are so very sorry.

  • Our deepest condolences in this time of loss.

    The Boudinot Family
    Jamie, Allen, Lucielle and Henry

  • We love the family with all our heart and Pray God blesses them through all this sadness. ❤️❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏🙏🌹🌹🌹🌹much prayer.

  • Dear Greg & Michele & Family. Please accept my Sincere Condolences for The Loss Of Chase! He was such a Blessing to know. He brings a smile to everyone’s face ! I think of him when he took swim lessons .He was such a Happy Child! You are in my prayers. Love Sheila.M.

  • Dear Greg and family,
    I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss.
    Thoughts and Prayers go out to you and your family.
    Regina Gulick

  • Dear Greg and Michelle,
    We send our deepest sympathies to you and your family for the loss you your son Chase. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Joe Gulick.

  • I’m just so terribly sorry, to all of U. A great guy, words cannot express enough…
    God Bless All of You & know that you are in my Prayers!!!
    Lucy Stopher
    (Your former dental assistant)

  • Greg and Michelle,
    The hearts of the community reach out to you. You are much loved. May God walk with you and give you comfort.

  • Our hearts are heavy this evening as it all sinks in. What a site to see the outpouring of support and love for your family during the viewing and a beautiful celebration today as you laid your baby boy to rest.
    We are thankful to have met you although the circumstances sad and tragic. It is evident that Chase was a bright soul and source of absolute joy to so many people.
    We will be praying for your hearts, that God reminds you He has not left your side, and that Chase’s life story will have impact in a greater story that we may never fully know.
    Love and many, many prayers being prayed for you and your family,
    Jeremy & Valerie Tedford

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Sending our condolences and prayers for comfort at this difficult time.

  • We are so saddened to hear this. We are praying peace and comfort over u all!

    Darryl and Barbara and Justin Shaw