A LIFE WELL-LIVED
William C. “Bill” Cochran
Aug. 25, 1934 – Jan. 3, 2019
William C. “Bill” Cochran passed away at the age of 84 on Jan. 3, 2019. He was born Aug. 25, 1934, in New Albany to the late William Lee and Irene (Stackhouse) Cochran.
Bill was a 1953 graduate of New Albany High School and began his career as a Floyd County Deputy Sheriff. He was elected Floyd County Clerk in 1966 and served as Indiana State Representative of District 72 for 34 years from 1974 to 2008. During this time, he was also a Southern Indiana realtor and worked for Louisville Paving.
Bill was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, FOP #99, Masonic Jefferson Lodge #104, Redmen Club and Elks Lodge, all in New Albany. He served as Assistant to the Chancellor at Indiana University Southeast and was the former President of the New Albany Little League.
Bill was a two-time recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, received an Honorary Doctorate degree and the Chancellor’s Medallion Award from Indiana University Southeast and is a member of the New Albany High School Hall of Fame.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Judy Bocard Cochran; children Sherry Lee Cochran, Rex Charles Cochran, Richard “Rick” Cochran (Mary Beth); sister June Lee Quinn; grandchildren Meagan Elizabeth Donald (Scott), Molly Ann McDonald (J.J.), Maria Nicole Harritt (Hunter), Melinda Kathleen Cochran, Braidy Charles Cochran, Cory James Cochran (Alyssa), Andrea Lynn Stuthers (Scot); and six great grandchildren.
Visitation and funeral services were held Kraft Funeral Service, 708 E. Spring St. in New Albany, with entombment following at Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park in New Albany, Indiana.
The family requests expressions of sympathy be made to to Guerin Woods & Providence House, 8037 Unruh Drive, Georgetown, Indiana 47122, or online at www.guerininc.org