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Ken Cochran, age 84, of Joplin, Mo., passed away November 19th at his home surrounded by family.
Born December 16, 1932, in Pratt, Kan., he was the son of the late Virgil D. Cochran and Mary Curtis Cochran.
Ken is preceded in death by his brothers, Dan and Tom. His brother, Jack Cochran, resides in Blue Springs, Mo.
He is survived by his loving wife of eight years, Peggy Spooner Cochran; three children, Steve Cochran (Diane), Salina, Susan Cochran, of Chicago, Ill., Dana Cochran-Wiley (Mike), of Zionsville, Ind.; and four step-children, Jennifer Ewing (Todd), Sean Duffield, Cathy (Spooner) and Tim Whelan, and Terry (Nancy) Spooner, of Peoria. Cochran leaves behind nine grandchildren, three great- grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
Ken graduated from Joplin High School in 1950. He attended Graceland College, in Lamoni, Iowa, and graduated from Pittsburg State University in 1955 and completed his masters degree from Kansas State College of Pittsburg, Kan., in 1959. Cochran was a Lt. in the Army and served in Korea. Cochran returned to Joplin to teach and coach before pursuing a college coaching career that included Kansas Wesleyan University and Marymount College, both in Salina, Kan.
Ken recently retired from the company he founded, Pop-A-Shot, in Salina, where he was a resident for over 50 years. Ken was a lifelong member and lay minister in the Community of Christ church.
Memorial services for Ken Cochran will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Joplin Community of Christ Church, 1212 Goetz Blvd.
Memorial donations may be sent to: Community of Christ Church, 703 S. Eleventh St., Salina, KS, 67401, or Graceland University, 1 University Place, Lamoni, IA, 50140, Attention: Cochran Athletic Endowment.
Published on December 27, 2017
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