Paul Eugene Cochran, 90, of New Kensington was called to Heaven on April 14, 2022. He was born November 17, 1931, to Samuel and Katherine (Bowers) Cochran. Following his graduation from Ken High, Paul served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War; his service included time spent in the Aleutian Islands.
Paul married his sweetheart, Florence Helen Farneth, on June 25, 1952. They were married for 50 years until Helen’s passing in 2002. Following his military service, Paul worked at Alcoa until his retirement. Paul enjoyed traveling to Myrtle Beach and socializing with his friends at VFW Post 92.
Music was one of Paul’s favorite pastimes. He was a talented clarinetist and had the opportunity to play in numerous ensembles and occasionally with professional musicians. Paul was a member of the Letter Carriers’ Band and marched in parades with them until his mid-80s. He also visited senior centers and nursing homes to play music for the residents.
In addition to his sweetheart and his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his siblings, Lillian Cochran, James Cochran, Dorothy Myers, Robert Cochran, Vera Schietroma, and Lawrence Cochran.
Paul is survived by his children, Elaine (John) Resetar, Danny (Lauren) Cochran, Curt (Peggy) Cochran, Jeffrey Cochran, and Jennifer (Matthew) Ciesielski; his grandchildren, Amy (Jim) Cyprych, Casey Cochran, Sara (Jeff) Arvay, Rachel (Bob) Tocco, Elizabeth (Josh) Lang, Rachel Carrigan, Kristen (Christian) Paul, Mitchell Cochran, McKenzie Cochran, Lucas Ciesielski, Mollie Cochran, and Mason Ciesielski; and great-grandchildren, Charlotte and Hannah Tocco, Brianne and Sofia Lang, Bria and Caleb Arvay, Audrey and Caroline Paul, and Emery Cochran.
Services will be at 3:30pm Tuesday, April 19, at Bibleway Christian Fellowship Church, 504 Eighth St., New Kensington. The Rev. Dr. Mitchel Nickols, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Plum Creek Cemetery, Plum. Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Youth Scholarship Program via VFW Post 92, 1601 Wildlife Lodge Road, Lower Burrell.
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