Ronald Hudson Cochran, 82, of Milltown passed on from this life to his eternal home on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. He was born October 19, 1933 to Retha Louiza (Woods) and Orville Nolan Cochran at Washburn, Arkansas. He was a member of Milltown United Methodist Church, member of Milltown-Washburn Fire Department for 25 years and trustee of Dawson Cemetery at Milltown. He was a Christian, an Army veteran and rancher. He was part of the Mansfield High School Class of 1951. His first job was for Sam Taylor, Agriculture instructor, as a typist for the Veteran’s Farm Training program. In the summer he joined a Grain Harvest Team, cutting grain from Oklahoma all the way to Canada to earn his college tuition. He attended Arkansas Tech College for two years. On December1, 1954 he joined the U.S. Army with a signal and security detachment before he was drafted into the Korean War Conflict. He was sent to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C, and then sent to Paris, France. Later he was stationed in West Berlin, Germany during the Berlin Wall Crisis. And in 1966-1967 he was stationed in Saigon, Vietnam during the Tet offensive. He served with NATO forces for four years in Brussels, Belgium. He opened two offices for his army detachment at Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey and Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. He remained there eight years and retired on 1 April 1982 with 27 ½ years in the Army. He returned home to the Barber – Milltown area to become a rancher, for 33 years.
He survived by his wife and teammate, Donna Faye (Roe) Cochran of 58 years, they married August 17, 1958. Ron is also survived by his daughter, Arlene Renee Oliver and her husband, Mike of Milltown; his son, Mark Allen Cochran and his wife, Toni of Fayetteville. He was granddad to Phillip Allen Yerton and wife, Hillary of Irving, Texas and Ashley Renee Vick of Ft. Smith, Hudson Wayne Cochran and Anna Faye Cochran of Fayetteville. He leaves behind a sister, Betty Cabe and husband, Floyd of Jonesboro; a brother, Larry Dwight Cochran and wife, Patsy of Ft. Smith; an uncle, Dale Cochran and wife, Glenda on Washburn; an aunt, Dorothy Neisler of Greenwood.
Memorial may be made to Mercy Hospice, 3300 South 70th St., Fort Smith, AR 72903, or Dawson Cemetery Fund, c/o Michael Nichols, 6929 E. Hwy 252, Greenwood, AR 72936.
Funeral service was at 10 am Saturday, October 8 at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel with interment at Dawson Cemetery in Milltown. Viewing will be 1-8 pm Friday at the funeral home, where the family visited with friends from 5-7 pm.
Pallbearers were Phillip Yerton, Kevin Cochran, Lynn Cabe, Stanley Roe, and Tony Roe.
Elder Floyd Cabe officiated.