Gene Ike Cochran went to be with Lord Friday, June 7, 2013, at Jacksonville Skilled Nursing and Rehab at 8:51 p.m.
He was born Aug. 26, 1931, in Greene County, to Curt and Anna (Green) Cochran, who proceeded him in death. He married Gladys (Goode) Cochran on Aug. 20, 1950, and she survives.
Also surviving are Larry (companion, Arlene Dawdy) and Sharon Ruyle, both of Carrollton, Gary of Greenfield, Starla (husband, Tony) Talley of Pleasant Plains; son-in-law, Paul Drennan of Carrollton; 10 grandchildren, Brian Ruyle (wife, Nicole), Kevin Ruyle, Jeanette Cochran, Anna Gansz (husband, Eddie) Rachel Roberts (husband, Robyn), Andy Cochran, Michael May, Crissi Cochran, Elysia Riggs (husband, Dennis) and Amanda Talley; and eight great-grandchildren, Haley Jones, Charleigh Gansz, Briana Roberts, Sophie Cochran, Faith Roberts, Karissa Ruyle, Bently Talley and Hunter Martin. Gene was proceeded in death by a daughter, Vicky Drennan; son-in-law, Jimmie Ruyle; four brothers, Lynn, Leroy, Jack and Gene's twin brother, Dean; and two sisters, Louise Alred and Shirley Grummel.
Gene loved his family. He worked at Olin, Widmens Construction was a member of Teamsters Local, and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. He loved farming, hunting, mushrooming, gardening, auctioneering and Cardinals baseball. He tried out in 1953 for the position of catcher for the Cardinals and made the team but decided it would be too much traveling for his family, so he turned down the position. Most of all he loved fishing.
Gene was a resident of Jacksonville Skilled Nursing and Rehab. He loved everyone of his caretakers, and enjoyed all their activities, especially the fishing trip they took to Nichols Park two weeks prior to his death. His most favorite day was their outing to Nichols Park about two weeks prior to his passing. He caught the first and biggest fish that day. Each time he told the fishing story the fish got bigger and bigger.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Shields-Bishop Funeral Home in Greenfield, where funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery, north of Greenfield. Memorials are suggested to the Union Cemetery or the Jacksonville Skilled Nursing and Rehab.
Shields-Bishop Funeral Home - Greenfield
604 Walnut St.
Greenfield, IL 62044
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on June 12, 2013