Victor Cochran |

Victor Cochran

Victor Edward Cochran, 89, of Milan, Missouri, died Aug. 20, 2008, Columbia, Missouri, surrounded by his family. Victor was born Jan. 10, 1919, on the family farm to Glennie and Effie (Brown) Cochran. He graduated from high school in Milan, then graduated from Northeast Missouri State College (now Truman State University).Victor married his college sweetheart, Betty Stutler, on Christmas Day, 1941. He was a B-24 bomber pilot during World War II and flew 16 missions before his plane was shot down and forced to land in Sweden. Victor and Betty lived in Washington, D.C. for several years, returning to Missouri in 1949.Victor taught school for several years, and during the summers attended the University of Colorado, where he received a master’s degree in biology. He was an assistant professor at Truman State University for 13 years, and retired in 1979 to farm full-time.He was a member of the Milan Methodist Church. He was a Rotarian for more than 50 years and a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow award.Victor loved his farm and animals. He was an avid hunter and hunted in Alaska, the Rocky Mountains, South Africa, and the woods around his farm. He could often be seen hiking the hills and roads in the area. He and Betty traveled around the world in 1992.Victor was devoted to his family and will be missed by his family, friends, and community. He is survived by his wife of 66 years; son David (Becky) Cochran of Trenton, Mo.; daughters Vicky Cochran of Green Valley, Ariz., and Martha (Steve Mills) Cochran of Glenwood Springs; granddaughters Katie McAtee and Sarah Mills; brother Harold (Pauline) Cochran of Charleston, S.C.; sister Donna (Terrance) Sloan of Milan; and several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by brothers Carl and Kenneth Cochran; and sisters Lois Cochran and Evelyn Williams.Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, in the United Methodist Church in Milan with the Rev. J. Michael Davis officiating. Interment will be in the Asbury Cemetery near his parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. Services are under the direction of the Glenn E. Kent & Son Funeral Home in Milan.The family suggests memorials to the Asbury Cemetery or the Food Pantry. Memorial may be sent to the funeral home at P.O. Box 308, Green City, MO.

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