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Gerald Lester Cochran

Gerald Lester Cochran, age 75 of Carlton, and formerly of Cromwell, died Thursday, July 8, 2004, at Inter-Faith Care Center, Carlton.

He was born Dec. 3, 1928 in Howard Lake, the son of Delbert and Eva (Mistelski) Cochran.

As a young man, he helped farmers when their sons were away during World War II. He also was employed as a gas station attendant, and farmed and operated a tavern in Waverly until 1957. He then went to Minneapolis, where he started a truck delivery service and owned a restaurant.

In 1969, Gerald moved to Cromwell, where he was employed by Conwed and USG until ill health forced him to retire in 1991 at the ge of 61.

Gerald was a member of Cromwell United Methodist Church, and the Cromwell Old Timers Club. He enjoyed dancing, fishing, and hunting deer and partridge.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, Nov. 20, 2002; a son, Lester “Buddy” Cochran; a granddaughter, Tonya Marie Specken; and his father, Delbert.

Gerald is survived by his mother, Eva Cochran of Howard Lake; two daughters, Annette (Gary) Norman and Marietta (Mike) Specken, both of Winsted; a son, Kevin Cochran of Aitkin; two sisters, Joyce (Gordon) Shrode of Lester Prairie, and Mona (Bob) Fasching of Maple Grove; a brother, Arden (Betty) Cochran of Hector, eight grandchildren: Pat (Jody), Michelle (Brian), Chris, Michael (Lynn), Tom, Tammy (Chris), Mindy (Brad), and Chasady; and five great-grandchildren: Andrew, Tyler, Kyle, Caleb, and Marissa.

A memorial service will take place Thursday, Sept. 16, at 2:30 p.m. at Inter-Faith Care Center, Carlton. Arrangements are by Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th Street, Cloquet.

Memorials preferred to Inter-Faith Care Center, Carlton.

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