SMETHPORT - Robert L. Cochran, 91, of Smethport, died Monday (May 9, 2016) in the Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.
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He was born April 8, 1925, in Coryville, a son of Bernard and Iva Dorsett Cochran. On Sept. 14, 1945 in Bradford, he married Vera Lucille Austin, who died Feb. 6, 2008.
Mr. Cochran attended schools in Farmers Valley and was employed by Pittsburgh Corning, Port Allegany, for 27 years retiring in 1982 as a supervisor.
He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving from 1943 to 1945. Mr. Cochran was an aerial gunner flying in a B-24 during World War II. His plane was shot down over Germany and he became a POW in Stalag Luft IV in Gross Tychow, Pomerania, which is now Poland.
He was a member of American Legion Bucktail Post #138, Smethport, and the VFW Post # 2497, Smethport.
Surviving are a son, Robert (Kathy) E. Cochran of Smethport; one son-in-law, James McGuire of Smethport; seven grandchildren, Sean, John and Corey Cochran; Scott, Brian and Kevin McGuire; and Wendi Higley; eight great-grandchildren, Conor, Ryan and Brody Cochran; Brandon and Emily Higley; and Colin, Alyssah and Alaynah McGuire.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by daughter, Wanda L. McGuire; nine brothers, Lawrence, Lloyd, Leo, Melvin, Walt, Clair, Alfred, Fred and Jay Cochran, and two sisters, Nora Booth and Bertha Milliron.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Hilltop Baptist Church, Gifford, with the Rev. Thomas Beam and the Rev. Max Simms co-officiating. Burial will be in the Moody Hollow Cemetery, Eldred Township. Full military honors will be accorded at the church by the American Legion Bucktail Post #138, and the VFW Post #2497, both of Smethport.
Memorials may be made to Hamlin Memorial Library, Smethport PA 16749. Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com
Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Smethport.
Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc.
2 Bank Street
Smethport, PA 16749
Published in The Bradford Era from May 11 to May 17, 2016