Age 89, passed away September 30, 2021 at his home in Clark Lake, Michigan. Born June 7, 1932, the son of Earl and Dora Cochran, Dick has gone to be with the love of his life, Ruthann, who died December 8, 2020, whom he celebrated 65 years of marriage with. He is survived by their three children, Robyn (Max) Steffen, Ronald (Angie) Cochran, and Robert (Trena) Cochran; 10 grandchildren, Becky (Matt) Hill, Chad (Karie) Winter, Brian (Susan) Cochran, Maxwell (Jessica) Steffen, Richard (Alana) Steffen, Andy (Melissa) Winter, Nick (Rachel) Kulas, Ashley Cochran, Cody Cochran, Joel Cochran; 22 great-grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Amy Cisco; and many nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Dora Cochran.
Dick proudly ran Cochran Electric as a second-generation owner for 45 years, retiring in 1995 with the honor of passing the reigns to his children. He was a Founding Father of the Clark Lake Spirit Trail and a member of many Model A clubs. He was also a member of IBEW Local 252 and the NECA for 65 years. Dick could be described as a tinkerer, handyman, and woodworker who loved to share his artistic creations with others. Whether he was building a Model A, crafting benches for the Spirt Trail, or carving wooden birds or boats, Dick was happiest when creating something new. In early life, Dick spent his childhood on Green Lake in Interlochen, MI where he eventually built a cottage to retreat to on the weekends with his kids. In later life he was a proud member of the Clark Lake community for over 25 years. Dick enjoyed spending time at the lake with family and friends, and their winters at Ramblers Rest Resort in Venice, FL with their friends.
Dick was a trustworthy, honorable man who spoke few words, but which many kind words were said about him. He will be missed by his family and community. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Clark Lake Spirt Foundation, PO Box 224, Clarklake, MI 49234. Mr. Cochran is at the Watson Funeral Chapel where services will be held Saturday October 16, 2021 at 11:00am. The family will receive friends from 10:00am until the time of service.