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In Memory of

Corydon Eugene Cochran

June 3, 1926 - March 26, 2015

Obituary


Corydon Eugene "Gene" Cochran of Edmond, OK, was born June 3, 1926, in St. Louis, Missouri, to parents Corydon D. & Ruth M. Cochran and passed away on March 26, 2015, surrounded by family, in Guthrie, OK.

Gene left high school to join the Marines and serve in World War II, earning two Purple Hearts, including one in Iwo Jima. When he returned, he finished high school and worked as a barber while earning several degrees, culminating in a doctorate from Oklahoma State University. His career included being the first speech pathologist for the...

Corydon Eugene "Gene" Cochran of Edmond, OK, was born June 3, 1926, in St. Louis, Missouri, to parents Corydon D. & Ruth M. Cochran and passed away on March 26, 2015, surrounded by family, in Guthrie, OK.

Gene left high school to join the Marines and serve in World War II, earning two Purple Hearts, including one in Iwo Jima. When he returned, he finished high school and worked as a barber while earning several degrees, culminating in a doctorate from Oklahoma State University. His career included being the first speech pathologist for the northwest quarter of Oklahoma, the Dean of Special Education for Wichita Public Schools, developing the Speech & Hearing Clinic in Enid, OK, and working as a professor at OSU, Wichita State University, and the University of Central Oklahoma. He was a life member of the American Speech & Hearing Association; a Marine Corps Commandant in Kansas; a member of the Edmond Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, and India Shrine; the president of the Council for Exceptional Children for Oklahoma; and an avid bowler. He and Alma loved to travel and were the tour directors for the OK Retired Citizens Travel Club for 25 years, traveling all over the world.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Cecile; and sisters, Aletha and Genelle. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Alma; sons, Corydon V. Cochran & wife Cynthia and Clinton Cochran; daughter, Lorilyn Galvan & husband Michael; step-son, Jeffrey Yoe & wife Crisel; six grandchildren; three great-granddaughters; and many other family members and friends.

Viewing will be at Baggerley, Sunday, from 12pm to 8pm with the family present to receive friends from 2pm to 4pm. Funeral services will be 2pm, Monday, at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church with interment to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.