In Memory of Donald Cochran

Donald Cochran
Donald Cochran
Born: June 3, 1931
Died: April 20, 2017
Age: 85
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Donald Cochran
June 3, 1931 - April 20, 2017
From: Nevada, IA

Donald Cochran, age 85, of Nevada, died at his home on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

Per his wishes, Donald was cremated and no services will be held.  Burial of his cremains will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens, rural Nevada, at a later date. 

Born June 3, 1931, in Appanoose County, Iowa, Donald James Cochran was the son of Floyd and Alta May (Garrison) Cochran.  Don graduated from Garwin High School in 1948, and served from 1951-53 in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict.

In 1956, he was united in marriage to Betty Lucille Johnson.  The couple farmed southeast of Nevada for many years.  Don retired in 2015.

He is survived by three children, Sandra (John) Fitzgerald, Steven Cochran, and Scott (Kim) Cochran, all of Nevada; two grandsons, Ryan Fitzgerald and Jeff Fitzgerald and fiancee Elyse Erickson; a step-granddaughter, Misty Handsaker; and two step-great-grandchildren, Sydney Handsaker and Aiden Dutcher.  Other survivors include a brother, Keith Cochran of Tama; two sisters, Helen (Elmer) Fehrle of Cedar Rapids, and Ruth (Lee) Moffet of Eddyville; as well as other extended family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, and his parents.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Donald and his family.


Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 11:19 AM
“My sincere sympathy to the Family. Don and your Mother were friends and very good customers for about 30 years while I was with the Exchange State Bank, Collins, IA. Charlotte and I moved to Ankeny in 1992.
I retired from Farmers Savings Bank, Mitchellville, Ia. in December 1993. I lost track of Don in 1985 when I went to work for Farmers Savings Bank. A few years ago I did meet and talk to one of you boys. I think it may have been at a farm meeting in Bondurant, IA. at the Legion Bldg. I hope we meet again one day for another visit.
I am very sorry for your loss. Bill Hamilton
- William C. Bill Hamilton
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Evergreen Memory Gardens
Nevada, Iowa
At a later date