February 18, 1940 ‒ December 27, 2016
MANSFIELD ~ Known as the “Owl Man”, Richard Cochran had a special devotion to nature – even the small creatures of God’s creation. His home was filled with pet cats and dogs, and he and his wife Cindy, “adopted” a mating pair of local Barred Owls in Mansfield’s South Park. Feeding their owlets through the pair of owls with home-raised mice, the majestic birds became so familiar with Dick & Cindy that they recognized their Ford pickup truck and red Ford Mustang and swooped over them as they drove in to the park.
His gentle heart now at rest, Richard Earl Cochran passed away, Tuesday, December 27, 2016 surrounded by his family. He was 76.
The son of Kenneth and Lois (Schrader) Cochran, Richard was born February 18, 1940. While in high school Dick was a standout basketball player and began dating a cute cheerleader, Cindy Oblinger. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1958. In November of 1959 Dick asked for Cindy’s hand in marriage. She accepted. Quite the romantic, during their engagement, Dick wrote a letter nearly each day to his fiancée while Cindy was attending flight school. On August 5, 1960 in the First English Lutheran Church of Mansfield, Richard and Cindy were married. Together they raised their family in Mansfield.
Richard loved cheering for the Mansfield Senior High Tygers. He and Cindy held season tickets to the basketball games. Together they enjoyed watching high school and college basketball. Richard was a former member of the Tyger’s Athletic Boosters.
Dedicated and hardworking, as a young teenager Dick worked at Kell Hardware. As an adult he’d often work multiple jobs to support his family, which included teaching classes at North Central State College. In 2005, Richard retired from Burners Systems as a tool and die maker.
A passionate photographer, Dick’s keen eye for capturing the beauty of nature began in 1958 when he began snapping pictures of Richland County following a large flood. Over the years, he entered photography contests showcasing only his best work. His appreciation of nature was evident during family vacations. Richard loved spending quality time with his family. Many vacations involved loading everyone into his red Oldsmobile station wagon and experiencing the natural beauty of the state parks and countryside in America. Richard and his family traveled across nearly all 50 states.
Having a broad interest in many hobbies, Richard enjoyed building model airplanes, canoeing, playing tennis with his son and even worked with stain glass.
He is survived by his daughter Leigh Grubbs of Mansfield, daughter Robin (Dan) Broaddus of Lexington, his son David Bradley Cochran of Mansfield; grandchildren Nich Grubbs, Amanda Grubbs, Alyssa (Jason) Williamson, Audria (JR) Harvey, Katie (Nick) Lewis, Ellie Broaddus, Emily (Jeff) Armstrong and Jacob Cochran; great grandchildren Bryna Grubbs, Lorelei Aycock, and Landon Armstrong; sister and brother-in-law Linda Cochran-Pyles & Clement Pyles of Columbus; a sister-in-law Patti Snook of Mansfield; and nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Cynthia Cochran; and sister Barbara Esbenshade.
The Cochran Family will receive friends from 12-2 pm Monday, January 2, 2017, in the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion Avenue (Former Finefrock Funeral Home), where funeral services will begin at 2 pm. Celebrant Jerry Wilson will officiate and burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to the Ohio Bird Sanctuary or the Richland County Humane Society may be made at the funeral home.
Condolences to the Cochran family are encourage and may be made online by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com
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