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By Teresa Simpson
Whitman County Gazette 

Veteran's Corner: Jerry Coker

Series: Veterans Corner | Story 2

COLFAX — Jerry Coker grew up in a small farming community in north Missouri, and like his wife, he explained that there were only a few opportunities there.

“Most of the kids went to college or stayed and got a job,” he said.

Mr. Coker noted that during the early 60s, college money was hard to get back then, and his parents had lived through the Depression and weren’t about to sign a loan for him to go to school.

“I waited until I was nineteen, and they wouldn’t have to sign for me and joined the Airforce much to my dad’s dismay,” he explained, noting that his dad had expe...

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