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On December 7, 2016, after many brave years of fighting, retired U.S. Army Maj. Richard O. “Dick” Cochran won his final battle and found eternal peace.
He was born on February 3, 1942, to Leona and Dock Cochran in Bryson City, N.C.
Dick entered the U.S. Army in 1961 and faithfully served for 20 years with two tours in Vietnam. While in the U.S. Army, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Upon his retirement, he served as a project manager with Northrop Grumman for 23 years at Fort Eustis, Va.
Dick had many things in life that he loved. One of the greatest was a deep and abiding love for the Lord. During many moves to various states, he would quickly find a church home for his family, and served as a deacon at Landmark Baptist Church in Petersburg, Va., under his lifelong friend, Pastor Buck Palmer. He loved traveling with his wife Ann, so much so that, they can claim they have been to all 50 states and 23 countries together. He also enjoyed several hobbies such as golfing, bowling, hunting, skiing and family trips to the beach.
Left to cherish his memory are his devoted and caring wife of 55 years, Ann Wiggins Cochran; and three children, Donna Cochran, Lisa Hornsby, and husband, Roger, and Scott Cochran, and wife, Anna. Dick also adored his seven grandchildren, Daniel O’Donnell, and husband, Dusty, Kristin Clontz, and husband, Jesse, Bradley Hornsby, Amy Osborn, and husband, Michael, Jordan O’Donnell, and wife, Jennifer, Jessica Hornsby, and fiancé, Logan Croswell, and Taylor Hornsby. Bringing great joy to Dick were his four great-grandchildren, Caine Clontz, Nora Clontz, Colton Hornsby and Rory O’Donnell. He is also survived by a brother, Warren Cochran; brother-in-law, Larry Wiggins, and wife, Pansie; sister-in-law, Betty Wiggins, and fiancé, Tony Merriman, and several nieces and nephews. Another special person in Dick’s life was his friend and caregiver, Margie Kaye.
A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Vincent Funeral Home, 9923 Pocahontas Trail, Providence Forge, VA, 23140, with interment in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.