Cochran, Michael Kent, 63, Sarasota, FL., retired locomotive engineer and conductor for 41 years with BNSF/Santa Fe Railroad, passed away May 31, 2013, after a recent illness. He was born in Arkansas City, KS, and graduated from Wellington Senior High in 1968. Michael was the husband of Mary Anderson, and son of Howard Presley Cochran and Ruth (Gelvin) Cochran of Wellington, KS. He lived in Wellington, KS, Blackwell, OK, and Derby, KS before retiring to Sarasota, FL. He is survived by his spouse, Mary; mother, Ruth Cochran of Wellington; daughters, Tracy (Ken) Pharis and granddaughter, Kelsey of Highlands Ranch, CO; Jennifer (Kevin) Stultz and grandchildren, Addie and Adam of Wichita, KS; son, Matthew (Janey) Cochran and grandchildren, Jasper, Josie and Murdoc of Wichita, KS; sister, Meryl King, Winfield, KS; brothers, Gerald (Liz) Cochran, Loveland, CO, Max (Dana) Cochran, Brighton, CO; Steven (Susie) Cochran, Wellington, KS; and John Cochran, Wellington, KS. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; father, Howard Cochran; and daughter, Christy Hedrick. Kent won many medals and ranked as a State Wrestler. He proudly served in the U. S. Army and served twenty months in Vietnam. He was awarded a Purple Heart
and a Bronze Star
. He enjoyed riding his favorite Kawasaki motorcycle. Kent was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing and watching the game. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, walking the beach and watching sunsets. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his memory to Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Ste, 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256 or
, 1040 Woodcock Road, Ste 119, Orlando, FL 32803-3510. A Celebration of Life will be held July 28, 2013 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Terradyne Country Club, 1400 Terradyne Dr., Andover, KS. Arrangements handled by www.harvey-engelhardt.com
, Fort Myers, FL.