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July 15, 1942 ~ April 24, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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Jerry Lee Cochran, age 80, of Kendallville and Pretty Lake, passed away Monday, April 24, 2023 at Parkview Randaillia Hospital in Fort Wayne. Jerry was born in Kendallville, Indiana on July 15, 1942 to the late George Albert Cochran and Beatrice Irene (Hire) Cochran. He graduated from Avilla High School in 1960 and married Joyce Ellen Fortman on October 13, 1962 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Avilla. Jerry was employed for 35 years with General Electric in Fort Wayne before retiring in 1997. He also worked at Kirby Risk in Kendallville for five years after he retired. He also farmed and raised buffalo for many years. He owned and operated a Grade A dairy herd west of Avilla for many years as well. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Avilla and he attended St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church on Big Long Lake when he lived at Pretty Lake.
Wife, Joyce Cochran of Auburn.
Son, David and Parisa Cochran of Bangkok, Thailand.
Son, Randy and Linda Cochran of Pioneer, Ohio.
Son, Joseph and Cheryl Cochran of Albion.
Son, Robert and Anne Cochran of Kernersville, North Carolina.
Son, Michael and Kristin Cochran of Lagro, Indiana.
Nine grandchildren and two great grandsons.
Brother, Craig Cochran of Wisconsin.
Sister, Diana and Charles “Chuck” Poyser of Wolcottville.
Visitation will be held Thursday, April 27, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 PM at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, April 28, 2023 at 10:00 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Avilla.
Burial will take place later at Lake View Cemetery in Kendallville.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Arrangements entrusted to Hite Funeral Home.