Clarence Ralph Cochrane
COLUMBIA — Clarence Ralph Cochrane of Columbia died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011. He was 88.
Mr. Cochrane was born Oct. 6, 1922, in Macon to Clarence E. and Edna Marquith Cochrane.
He married Mary Ford on Sept. 4, 1945.
Mr. Cochrane served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. He flew 46 missions in the South Pacific as a B-24 pilot.
After serving in the military for three years, Mr. Cochrane attended MU and earned his bachelor's degree. He spent decades working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farmers Home Program making farm loans.
Mr. Cochrane was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish and camp. He enjoyed traveling and was a devout MU fan. A talented carpenter, he also enjoyed refinishing furniture.
He was a great man who loved his family and lived to help others.
Mr. Cochrane is survived by his wife, Mary Cochrane of Columbia; a daughter, Cheryl Apperson and husband, Don, of St. Louis; a sister, Ruth Clark and husband, Elmo; four grandchildren and their spouses, Nick Apperson, Kevin and Alison Scharp, Daniel Scharp and Anna and Shane Hamilton; and two great-grandchildren, Lillia and Izaya Hamilton.
A daughter, Mary Lynn Cochrane, and a sister, Elizabeth Hagler, died earlier.
A private service for family members will be held in Macon.
Memorials may be given to Benevolent Care at Lenoir Woods, 3710 Lenoir St., Columbia, MO 65201; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or the American Heart Association, 104 Corporate Lake Drive, Columbia, MO 65201.
Condolences can be posted at parkerfuneralservice.com.