Lonnie Calvin Cochran, 71, of Memphis died Friday, April 6, 2018 at the Scotland County Care Center.
He was born the son of John Virgil and Edna Irene (Wolfe) Cochran on December 11, 1946 in Ft. Madison, IA.
Lonnie grew up in the Mt. Sterling area, attended school there and later attended Van Buren School in Keosauqua. He was pitcher for the Mt. Sterling softball team, loving every minute of it despite breaking several bones.
He served in the United States Navy. Upon his discharge, he fell in love with and married the former Michaelene (Mikie) Roberts on July 5, 1970 in the Arbela Baptist Church by the Rev. Carl Martin. She survives. Their big joke was that the rehearsal was July 4th and it was fireworks ever since!
Lonnie was a hard-working man. He worked on the Scotland County Bridge Crew, Jim’s Service Station, Gene Holt Construction, for Dick Stevenson, Gas & More and at the Scotland County Care Center until his retirement, after 27 years, in 2017.
He was the sweetest and kindest man you could ever hope to meet. He was always ready to help anyone whether he knew them or not. He loved his family, his dog, his cat, and his “strong” coffee.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Rodger Cochran; sister, Sandra Cochran; mother-in-law, Virginia Roberts; brothers-in-law, Marty Roberts and Marty Cochran; and a niece, Jill Roberts.
He is survived by: his wife, Michaelene (Mikie) Cochran, of the home; children: Dana Cochran (Howard) Garrison, Danny (Andrea) Cochran and Darrin (Anna) Cochran — all of Memphis; brothers: David (Linda) Cochran, Emmett (Mary) Cochran, Mike (Joy) Cochran – all of Memphis, and Jimmy Cochran of Hutchinson, KS; sister, Beth Cochran of Los Angeles, CA; father-in-law, Stanley Roberts of Logan, IA; brothers-in-law: Marchal (Pat) Roberts of Kahoka and Max (Cheri) Roberts of Logan, IA; a sister-in-law, Marla (Larry) Chard of Appleton, WI; grandchildren: Marti Robbins of Monett, MO, Matthew Robbins of Kansas City, MO, Morgan Robbins, Becca Sevier, Cash Cochran, Ayden Cochran and CaliRae (RaeRae) Cochran — all of Memphis, Lexi Hoskinson of Joplin, MO, Aimee Sivak of Iowa, and Zack Garrison and Sarah Garrett, both of Washington, IA; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A celebration of life will be held from 5-9 p.m., Friday, April 13, at the Grand Hall in Memphis. Memorials are suggested to the family.