Gary Cochrane Nelson

NEW ALBANY - Nelson, Gary Cochrane, 78, of Louisville, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Monday, April 8, 2014.

Gary was born in Salina, KS on June 24, 1935, however he considered himself a Louisville native. He was one of three sons born to Harry Nelson and Vivian Sabrilla Cochrane. Gary attended Salina High School located in Salina.

He was taught by his father at an early age the brick mason trade where he would continue this trade for about 60 years. He also served in the Army Reserves for four years and as a firefighter for eight years. He accepted Christ at an early age and was later baptized at Magazine Street Seven Day Adventist church, where he worshipped for 22 years until his passing.

On May 4, 1985 he married his beloved wife of 29 years, Carolyn Nelson. He was a loving and devoted husband, a father and father figure to many of his nephews, grandchildren, and friends. He was always rooting for the underdog, never giving up and encouraging those whom no one else believed in. If you were blessed enough to have crossed his path you was sure to be introduced to a pleasant smile, a sense of humor, and a wit of epic proportions.

As an artist, he shared his God-given talent with anyone who came into his presence. He was an avid Cardinal and Jayhawks (Kansas) fan. Ironically, he painted a picture, after 2012 NCAA Tournament ended, that had the Louisville Men's Basketball team winning the 2013 NCAA championship, which came to fruition. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a son, Gary Ray, a step-son William A. O'Bannon Jr. and his brothers Charles and Michael Nelson.

Gary is survived by his wife, Carolyn Nelson; son, Bruce Fowler; stepdaughter, Ramona Strickland; daughter, Carrie Smith (Ryan); 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; three brothers-in-law; one sister-in-law, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Visitation will be held at 5 p.m. followed by the funeral service at 7 p.m. on Sunday at Magazine Street Seven Day Adventist Church, 1942 Magazine St.. Burial is 11 a.m. Monday at Green Meadows Cemetery, 3800 Shanks Lane. Spring Valley Funeral and Cremation Services are entrusted with the arrangements.

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Published in The Courier-Journal on Apr. 11, 2014