AMHERST – William C. Cochran, age 85 and a resident of Amherst, died Thursday, February 24, 2011 at Golden Acres Lorain County Nursing Home after a long illness.
He was born June 11, 1925 in Union County, South Carolina to the late John and Annamae (nee Green) Cochran. During World War II
, Bill served in the U.S. Navy
on the vessels U.S.S. O'Neill and U.S.S. Yo-70 in the Pacific Theatre. In 1956 he moved to Lorain with his family from South Dakota. Bill and his family were members of Delaware Avenue Methodist Church, Lorain. From 1962 until his retirement in 1987 he was a supervisor at National Gypsum, Lorain. During the 1960's, while raising his children, Bill was a Cub Scout Master and a Little League Coach. He enjoyed music, watching sports and walking.
His memberships included Amvets Post 47 and the Knight of St. John, both of Lorain, and American Legion Post 118, Amherst.
Survivors include three sons; Bernie (Karen) Kauk of Sonoita, Arizona, Mick (Linda) Cochran of Collins, Rick (Judy) Cochran of Sheffield Township; one daughter Carrie (Ken) Chonko of Henrietta; 12 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; two brothers Ralph and Tom Cochran both of Charleston, South Carolina; and three sisters; Doris Sineath and Beverly Cochran, both of Charleston, South Carolina and Marge (nee Cochran) of Texas.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 52 years Thelma, whom he married June 29, 1955; a son Allen Kauk (1973); his brother Ronald "Sonny" Cochran, and his sister Betty Cochran.
Family will receive friends Sunday 4 - 8 p.m. at the Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, 851 Park Avenue, Amherst. The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home followed by burial in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township. Military rites will be conducted by the Amherst Veterans Military Honor Guard.
Because Bill loved animals, his family requests that memorials be made to Friendship Animal Protective League, 8303 Murray Ridge Road, Elyria, Oh 44035.