Obituaries detail

Don James Cochran
Aug 22,1932---May 02,2018

Don James Cochran, of Lee’s Summit, MO passed away peacefully at the age of 85 on May 2, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. A Celebration of Don’s Life will be at noon on May 12 at the First Presbyterian Church of Lee’s Summit, 1625 NW O’Brien, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081.  Visitation will be at the same location from 11 am until noon.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in his name and sent to First Presbyterian Church of Lee’s Summit.

 

Don was born August 29, 1932 to James Harold Cochran and Bircha Mae (Dawson) Cochran.  He grew-up in Wheeling Arkansas and graduated from Salem High School where he met his wife Betty (Rowden) Cochran.  They married September 12, 1952. Out of high school Don was recruited as a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  For the next 4 years he played AAA baseball and travelled the entire United States. After his baseball career, he was offered a job with a steel company because they were in need of a good baseball player for their company team.  Don also coached Little League baseball for Swope Park Methodist Church.  He successfully coached the same group of players for several years, one year they were undefeated.  He joked that the boys played well until they discovered girls which put an end to his coaching days.   His next job was with General Motors where he worked on the assembly line for 30 years.  Don grew-up a St. Louis Cardinals fan and loved listening to them on the front porch of his parent’s house, but after many years of living in Kansas City, he eventually became a hometown fan buying season tickets to both the Royals and Chiefs.  Don and Betty built a vacation cabin at the Lake of the Ozarks where they spent 30 years entertaining family and friends, not to mention teaching countless people to waterski and fish.  After retiring at the age of 52, he and Betty spent the next 25 winters enjoying life with great friends in Palm Springs.  At the age of 60 he took-up the game of golf and swore he would never get “addicted” to playing it.  However, he quickly developed a love for the game and comradery that came with it.  One winter in Palm Springs he even made a hole-in-one.  Don loved growing some of the best tomatoes in all of Missouri, tinkering in his wood shop, cooking and creating recipes and spending time with his family.  Throughout Don’s life, he and his family attended Paseo Presbyterian Church where he served as Secretary of the Board of Deacons and then Ridgeview Christian Church.  While in Palm Springs, Don and Betty attended Desert Chapel Church and since 1995 they have been members of First Presbyterian Church of Lee’s Summit.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, by his brother Gene Cochran, his sister-in-law Lou Cochran and his brother Wes Cochran.  He is survived by his wife Betty Cochran of 65 years;  two children, Teresa Ritter and her husband Max “Randy” Ritter,  Lisa Saqui and her husband Michael Saqui;  siblings Mickey (Peggy) Cochran, Ray Bob (Shana) Cochran, Barbara Poulson and sister-in-law Joan Cochran.  Three grandchildren, Jennifer Northcraft and her husband Dan Northcraft, Micaela Saqui and Brock Saqui; three great granddaughters, Evelyn, Tessa and Sadie Northcraft; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

 

Additional Service:
Visitation
Location:
First Presbyterian Church of Lee's Summit
Address:
1625 NW O'Brien
City:
Lee's Summit
State:
Missouri
Zip Code:
64081
Date of Service:
May 12 ,2018
Time of Service:
11:00 am
Additional Information:
No Additional Information Added
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Additional Service:
Celebration of Life
Location:
First Prebyterian Church of Lee's Summit
Address:
1625 NW O'Brien
City:
Lee's Summit
State:
Missouri
Zip Code:
64081
Date of Service:
May 12 ,2018
Time of Service:
12:00 pm
Additional Information:
No Additional Information Added
Google Map:

Condolences

Doris Mitchell May 07 ,2018

Friend ,Florissant ,Missouri

So sorry to hear that your father passed Teresa. I got to meet him when you had me over for sleepovers at your house. He sounds like a wonderful man. God bless.

Dan Hurst May 07 ,2018

Friend ,Lees Summit ,Missouri

Don was a great man with a great legacy! The quality and character of his family is a testament to that. He will be missed, but not for very long. We shall see him again. And I suspect he'll be in charge of the Tomato garden in heaven.

Cindy Elliott and family May 07 ,2018

Longtime Friend and Sigma Sister of Lisa Cochran ,Driftwood ,Texas

Dear Lisa and family, Was so great to read about Don’s story. So much more there between those lines. The Lord knows him best! One fine day in heaven we will find out how we are connected through Christ and each of our stories... Maybe my “Cardinal” fan dad and your dad will meet in heaven and talk baseball from back in the day or heck even play baseball! Love and hugs to you my friend. With peace and condolences to all. Cindy

Kim Trimble-Edwards May 08 ,2018

Friend ,Lee’s Summit ,Missouri

My deepest sympathy to Betty, Teresa and Randy, Lisa and Michael and your families. May you find comfort in your wonderful memories of your loving husband, Dad and Granddad. Sigma love, Kim Edwards

Brenda Varner May 08 ,2018

Friend ,Lee’s Summit ,Missouri

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you mourn . Blessings Russ and Brenda Varner

Duane Dawson May 09 ,2018

So sorry to hear about Don's passing. I have many good memories of the community of Arkansas transplants in South KC. Don was a big part of that community. God Bless.

JACK L. HATCHITT May 10 ,2018

FRIEND ,LEE'S SUMMIT ,Missouri

AS DON'S SHIP SETS SAIL ON IT'S JOURNEY TO THE HEAVENS ABOVE MAY HE HAVE FAIR WINDS AND A FOLLOWING SEA.

Dr. Joe Hirsch, Ms. Elizabeth, and family May 11 ,2018

Don Cochran was a consummate gentlemen in all things. He was and my first boyfriend (says Yakkie). The world has lost great baseball man and a great man. Across the country the Hirsch's (Dr. Joe, Dr. Christian, Dr. Douglas, and Yakkie) grieve for the loss. Rest in peace.

Christian and Antonia Hirsch and family May 11 ,2018

Friend ,Glen Head ,New York

My condolences to Betty, Lisa and Teresa and the entire Cochran family. Don meant a lot to me growing up. He was like a second father to me. He wasn’t just my Dads patient, but a true family friend. He taught my brother, Douglas and I many life lessons. He even turned me onto country music. Those summer weekends down at the lake were some of the happiest times of my life. Don was a true country gentleman and will be missed. Warm regards Christian J Hirsch, MD

Douglas Hirsch May 11 ,2018

Friend ,Houston ,Texas

Very sorry to hear about Don’s passing. Maureen and I send our condolences to Betty, Teresa, Lisa and their families. Don was a good man and a true gentleman. Don is someone I always admired for doing things the right way. My fondest childhood memories are of trips down to Don and Betty’s lake house, we had a wonderful time on those weekends, instilling in us a love of fishing and the country lifestyle. Don will be missed.

Hirsch Family,Dr.Joe, Jessica, Christian and Dougls May 11 ,2018

Friend ,KANSAS CITY ,Missouri

We are so sorry to hear of Don's passing. We can all remember the weekends at the lake with your family and Don teaching us how to fish and taking us for rides in the boat, these are some of the best memories of our childhoods. But along with those weekends at the lake there were all of the ball game we attended with Don and my Dad that will always be special. I still think of him every time I go fishing or to a ball game. He will truly be missed by all. Our thoughts are with you all.

Pam thorp May 12 ,2018

Friend ,Lees summit ,Missouri

Thinking of you today Lisa and sending strength as you prepare to say goodbye to your dad. Have already been thru this twice and your faith will give you peace as we know our loved ones are in heaven. Praying for your Mommy! See you later today and looking forward to hearing stories about Don! He had a great life life, wife and two beautiful daughters he was so proud of.

Elizabeth Fiorini May 12 ,2018

Friend ,Bellevue ,Washington

Betty, I am so sorry for you. You and Don had been on my mind so much over the last few weeks. Let me know if there is any thing I can do. Love to Lisa, Theresa and family. Yakkie

Beth J. Christiansen May 15 ,2018

My condolences to all of you at the passing of Don. I hope memories of happy times with him will comfort you. Betty--please be assured that Lee and Don are playing golf and old man baseball in heaven!!! Love to all of you Beth J. Christiansen