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Vern Cochran

Gerald Lavern “Vern” Cochran, of Allegan passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at the age of 88. Vern was born on May 22, 1931 in Holland. He was the son of Samuel and Cydnia (Knapp) Cochran. He served his country proudly in the United States Navy, serving on a aircraft carrier. He was married to Christine “Chris” Johnson and together they had three daughters: Cathy, Janis and Nancy. Vern developed TriPonds Camping in the 1960’s. He retired from Rockwell International and operated Cochran Tree Farm after his retirement. Vern has nurtured many pets over the years, usually one more pet than she could appreciate. In his spare-time Vern enjoyed woodworking, birdwatching, card playing, and countless project. Traveling throughout all 50 states brought him a lot of pleasure. Vern is survived by his wife, Christine; three daughters: Cathy (Rich) Espinoza; Janis (Kirk) Reynolds; Nancy (Mike) Bylsma; nine grandchildren, eight great grandchildren. While visiting Gerald’s webpage at www.avinkcremation.com please take time to sign his guestbook by lighting a candle and/or sharing a memory with the family. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to your local Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity, or place and tend to a bluebird house in Vern’s memory. The family is being cared for by the Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 129 South Grand Schoolcraft, MI 49087 269-679-5622.

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Sorry for your loss, Vern was a generous friend, I will miss him

Joseph Zblewski May 3 2020 11:38 AM

So sorry to hear about your Dad, girls. When I would see him with your Mom, I loved how caring and loving he was. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Deb Apr 30 2020 2:04 PM

So sorry to here this he was a great guy.

Randy Hays Apr 30 2020 1:24 PM

Sending our prayers to all of you. I still have lots of great memories of camping at Triponds when your mom and dad owned it. They were special people. Dean and Roxie Nevenzel

Roxie Nevenzel Apr 30 2020 9:48 AM

All of the family will miss our senior member - the last of his generation. He always had a smile and a project. I will especially miss seeing his animals doing tricks. Condolences to my cousins and their families. Hang in there during this extra difficult time, Love, Bobbie

Bobbie Bouton-Goldberg Apr 29 2020 2:41 PM

My condolences to his daughters and family. I cherish the last few years getting to know Vern better. I will truly miss our talks and lunches. Rest In Peace my cousin and good friend.

Janet Zajac Apr 28 2020 3:00 AM

Thoughts and prayers Nanc and family. So sorry for your loss. Mike, Diane & Molly Long

Diane Long Apr 27 2020 6:36 PM

Many prayers going up for Nancy and entire family very sorry for your loss. Mike & Joanne Krcatovich

joanne Krcatovich Apr 27 2020 5:40 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Vern Cochran

Felicia Belden Apr 27 2020 5:25 PM

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Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society Apr 24 2020 10:59 AM

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