Ronald D. Cochrane, 73, of Dale, passed away Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, at his home.
United State Army Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Dale Cochrane died on Feb. 6, 2019.
He was born May 22, 1946, to Dale and Louise Cochrane, who proceeded him in death, along with his younger sister Marsha Howe.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Laurel Cochrane, two daughters by Barbara Cochrane, Angela Anson, and Stacey Taylor and sons-in-law Michael Anson and Scott Taylor of Dale, two step sons by Laurel Cochrane, Scott and Diedra Buckner of Phoenix, Arizona and David Buckner of Shawnee, grandchildren Justin and Taylor Cochrane, Brooke and Jett Anson, Aidan, Marley and Lacey Taylor, Lilly and TeyAnna Buckner, and David Scott, Jonathon, Ehlana, and Lela Buckner, and great-grandchildren Hudson Cochrane, Ellie Parnelly and due-to-arrive in May, Charlie Jeanette Cochrane, one sister Carol Ingram and brothers-in-law David Ingram of Choctaw and Dean Howe of Broken Arrow, his Uncle Leonard Sullivan and wife Marilyn, of Oklahoma City and uncle Darrell Sullivan and wife Madonna, of Choctaw and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Ron was a graduate of Dale High School in 1964. He then went on to Murray State College and graduated in 1966, then to Oklahoma State University, where he first earned a bachelor’s degree on a ROTC scholarship, and then later earned two master's degrees from University of Central Oklahoma.
He joined the Army in 1966 and served in Vietnam, where he was awarded multiple accomplishments. He served with the Army National Guard and retired as a Lt. Col 1987. Next, he pursued a career with the Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Division, IT Department and retired in 2010 then moved back home to Dale. He was an avid member of the Oklahoma City Downtown Citizen Patrol Unit, and Citizens emergency response team, using his skills and talents to help others. He loved participating in the Masonic Temple and Shriners activities where he performed in a Scottish Bag Pipe band for parades and activities.
Services will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Dale Church of Christ, under the direction of Walker Funeral Service.