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1501 W. Lexington Ave.
Independence, MO 64052
Phone: 816-252-7900
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Dr. Leovigildo Cokingtin

Dr. Leovigildo Cokingtin MD

Monday, August 20th, 1928 - Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019
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Leovigildo Cokingtin, MD, passed away at home with family at his side on July 3 at the age of 90 in Independence, MO. He was known to family, friends and his patients as a devoted husband, loving father/grandfather, and caring physician. A son of Chinese immigrants, Leo was born August 20, 1928 in the Philippines. He earned his medical degree from the University of Santo Tomas School of Medicine in 1955 before forging a new path for his family by moving to the United States. He continued his medical training at the University of Missouri where he specialized in pediatric medicine, a field he was passionate about. Following time on staff at the Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, he entered private practice in Independence. He touched the lives of countless patients through a career that spanned more than five decades, retiring from private practice in 1998. Early in his career, Leo married Lorena Meinerts in 1960, with whom he had two sons, Quintin and Clifton. Following a long battle with multiple sclerosis, Lorena died in 1991. Leo, along with his current wife Paula (née Shearer) cared for her in the home until her passing, supported by a village of family and friends. Leo and Paula began their lives together in marriage and devoted their time to one another and to family. They enjoyed spending time with family, especially watching their seven grandchildren grow up. In retirement, Leo and Paula also had a passion for traveling the world and exploring new places together, logging over fifty cruises and visiting all corners of the world. Leo stayed true to his Chinese after gaining US citizenship in 1959. Family traditions included enjoying Papa’s cooking of family Filipino and Chinese cuisine, weekend dim sum gatherings, and passing out Hongbau (red envelopes) to his grandchildren for birthdays and special milestone events. The medical tradition continued with both sons earning medical degrees from UMKC School of Medicine. Two grandsons (Kevin and Brendan) are in medical school and Maura is in nursing school. Papa was so proud of all of his grandchildren. Those not in medicine are all beginning successful careers (Michael tech/consulting, Joseph finance/commercial real estate, Sarah engineering/banking and Sean engineering). Dr. Cokingtin is preceded in death by his mother, Chua King Kee, and father King Tin Co. He is survived by his wife, Paula, and sons Dr. Quintin Cokingtin (Patricia O’Dee) and Dr. Clifton Cokingtin (Dr. Diana Casey) and grandchildren Kevin (Janelle Matsumoto), Brendan, Sean, Maura, Michael, Joseph and Sarah Cokingtin. There will be a rosary recited at 4:00 p.m., followed by visitation until 8:00 p.m., on Friday, July 12, 2019 at Speaks Suburban Chapel 18020 East 39th St S, Independence, MO 64055. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, July 13 at 11am at St. Marks Catholic Church 3736 S Lee's Summit Rd, Independence, MO 64055. In lieu of flowers should friends desire, contributions can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (www.jdrf.org) or Outreach International (www.outreach-international.org) Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.speakschapel.com (Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel (816) 373-3600)
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  • Visitation

    Friday, July 12th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, July 12th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Speaks Suburban Chapel
    Address
    18020 E. 39th St.
    INDEPENDENCE, MO 64055
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    A rosary will be recited at 4pm Friday followed by visitation until 8:00 p.m.
  • Service

    Saturday, July 13th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, July 13th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    St. Mark's Catholic Church
    Address
    3736 South Lees Summit Road
    INDEPENDENCE, MO 64055
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Alex Harris

Posted at 02:37am
Dr. Cokingtin was my physician from shortly after my birth in 1971 until 1992. For children, a trip to the doctor can be frightening, but not so with Dr. Cokintin. His caring, gentle manner always made me feel safe and secure. My favorite part of the visit was reaching into his pocket for a piece of gum. I always looked forward to that. My parents knew I was in the best of care given the skill, professionalism and good nature of Dr. Cokintin. Until I am an old man, I will always remember my first and best doctor, Dr. Leo Cokintin. God bless him.
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Alex Harris

Posted at 02:37am
Dr. Cokingtin was my physician from shortly after my birth in 1971 until 1992. For children, a trip to the doctor can be frightening, but not so with Dr. Cokintin. His caring, gentle manner always made me feel safe and secure. My favorite part of the visit was reaching into his pocket for a piece of gum. I always looked forward to that. My parents knew I was in the best of care given the skill, professionalism and good nature of Dr. Cokintin. Until I am an old man, I will always remember my first and best doctor, Dr. Leo Cokintin. God bless him.
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Stacy Cook

Posted at 04:33pm
Dr Cokingtin was my pediatrician many years ago; I am 53 years old, but can still remember how kind he was and I always got a stick of Carefree Sugarless gum when my visit was over! What a wonderful life he lived.
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Brad Pace

Posted at 09:09pm
So sorry to hear of Leo's passing. I remember visiting the house in the 80's and he would always greet guests with a big smile and warm welcome. A long life well lived. Brad and Diana Pace

JoAnn Wester

Posted at 11:32am
I just wanted to send my condolences to the whole family. I don't have a lot of memories of uncle Leo, but the ones I do have are fun and happy ones from our occasional visits. Please know that I'll be praying for all of you.
Love, JoAnn (Meinerts) Wester
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