ERNEST COCHRAN

1924-2010

COSHOCTON -- Ernest Holland Cochran, 86, of Dresden, passed away Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, at Coshocton Health Care Center.

He was born in Delaware, Ohio, on Oct. 20, 1924, the son of the late S. Ernest and S. Elva (Holland) Cochran.

Ernie graduated from Coshocton High School in 1943, and from Ohio University after serving in the military.

He was a veteran of World War ll, serving in the United States Navy, Armed Guard, from June 1943 to April 1946, when he was Honorably Discharged with a rank of Seaman First Class. He served in the Atlantic, Asiatic, Pacific, and European Campaigns, and was a part of the occupation of Asia and China. He was awarded the Victory Medal, and was also awarded a Medal from the Russian Government for services American personnel rendered to that Country to assist those in need in the city of Murmansk.

Ernie was a member of First Baptist Church in Coshocton for over 50 years, a lifetime member of the NRA, 50 year member of the Ohio Grange, Ohio Farm Bureau, 4-H advisor, member of the U.S. Navy Armed Guard Veterans Organization, National LST Association and the Ohio LST Association.

Ernie was a member of First Baptist Church in Coshocton for over 50 years, a lifetime member of the NRA, 50 year member of the Ohio Grange, Ohio Farm Bureau, 4-H advisor, member of the U.S. Navy Armed Guard Veterans Organization, National LST Association and the Ohio LST Association.

Ernie was also an avid hunter and fisherman.

On March 11, 1965, he married Carolyn (Wolfe) Cochran, who survives.

Also surviving are his two sons, Mitchell (Jennifer) Cochran of Dresden and Dirk (Mary) Cochran of Mt. Gilead; two daughters, Elaine Flowers of Mt. Vernon and Jennifer (Dennis) Porcher of Heath; stepdaughter, Helen Jane "Janie" (Timothy) Reed of Zanesville; 18 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one brother, Richard "Dick" (Nancy) Cochran of Conesville; one sister, Kathleen (Kay) Barcroft of Coshocton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ernie was preceded in death by one daughter, Deborah Lynn Barrett; three brothers, Robert, Dale and Norman Cochran; and one sister, Marjory Kinkade.

A funeral service took place in the Chapel of Given-Dawson Funeral Home, 186 Park Ave., Coshocton, on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, with Pastor Murray McMillan officiating. Burial followed in the Coshocton County Memory Gardens Cemetery, where the Coshocton County Veterans Council conducted military services.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to: First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 384, Coshocton, OH 43812. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.