NEW CASTLE — Joel Patrick Cochran, 64, died Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.

He was born Jan. 12, 1955, in Coshocton to Norman C. and Patricia (Lockard) Cochran. He was a 1973 graduate of Indian Valley South High School, where he was a member of the 1972 State Champion basketball team that was inducted into the OHSAA Hall of Fame in 2017. He received a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech University and taught at Union Elementary and later River View Junior High School until his retirement. He was the girls JV and varsity basketball coach for River View High School. Joel enjoyed time spent hunting, fishing, farming, and above all his family.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 44 years, Christie (Hamilton) Cochran of New Castle, whom he married July 26, 1975; his son, Jesse (Heather) Cochran of New Castle; his daughter, Kelly (James) Ferenbaugh of Walhonding; grandchildren, Landon and Emma Cochran, Wyatt, Kennedy, Justice and Tessa Ferenbaugh; his mother, Patricia Valliquette of Gnadenhutten; two brothers, Gregory Cochran of Gnadenhutten and Michael (Diane) Cochran of Port Washington; step-mother, Sara Cochran of Port Washington; step-brother, Andrew Cochran of Texas; and step-sister, Amanda Fox of Port Washington.

He is preceded in death by his father, Norman C. Cochran.

There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Fischer Funeral Home in Warsaw, with Pastor Bill Barton officiating. Burial will take place at a later date in New Castle Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Coshocton County Fatherhood Initiative, 724 S. 7th St. Coshocton, OH 43812.


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