Keith Edison Cochran
November 11, 1924 -November 14, 2011
Keith Edison Cochran of Walla Walla passed away at home on
November 14, 2011 at the age of 87. Keith was a life-long resident of Walla
Walla as a wheat farmer and had retired to Wheatland Village three
years ago with his wife Marianne. Keith was born November 11,
1924 in Walla Walla to Edison and Agnes (Mangan) Cochran. He was
the fourth of ten children, attended St. Patrick's Grade and High School,
and graduated in 1943. Keith assisted the family on their wheat farm during
WWII due to his father's death. He later attended Seattle University for two years before returning to the family
farm. On November 5, 1955 he married Marianne Martin and they began
their own farming operation which continued until they retired and moved
to Wheatland Village. Their first son Neal was born in 1958 and joined them
in farming in 1980. Neal married Margaret (Meg) Senko in 1988 and they
assisted Keith and Marianne in the farming operation. A second son Paul
was born in 1962 and joined the Society of Jesus Oregon Province in 1982
and was ordained a priest in 1994.
Keith was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Earl, and two sisters
Elizabeth Robison and Dorothy Day. He is survived by his wife Marianne,
his son Neal and wife Meg, and his son Paul. Keith's surviving siblings are:
Joseph (Spokane, WA), Robert (Salem, OR), Gerald (Sacramento, CA),
Donald (Seattle, WA), Louise Cochran (Sacramento, CA), and Janet Erickson
(Fullerton, CA). Keith has two grandchildren: Peter Cochran and Molly
Cochran of Walla Walla. He has many nieces and nephews and relatives.
Keith and Marianne farmed in the Rulo, Dry Creek, and Spring Valley
areas of Walla Walla County all of his life. He belonged to the Northwest
Grain Growers, Washington Association of Wheat Growers, Walla Walla
Farmers Co-op, Walla Walla Farm Bureau, Knights of Columbus Michael
Flohr Council 766, BPOE # 287, and Assumption Catholic Church.
Keith was noted for his generosity and compassion for others in need; he
volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul Society and contributed to many charitable
causes near and far. Keith always wanted to help others and share what he
had to make the lives of others better.
The recitation of the Rosary will be Thursday, November 17, 7:00pm at
Herring Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be held at Assumption Catholic
Church on Friday, November 18, at 11:00am. A luncheon will follow after
the Mass in the parish social hall. In lieu of flowers the family suggests
memorial donations to: Senior Jesuit Care Fund/Oregon Province,
P.O. Box 86010, Portland, OR 97286, Walla Walla Hospice, St.
Vincent de Paul Society, and Walla Walla Catholic Schools
through the Herring Grosclose Funeral Home at
315 W. Alder St, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
Friends and family are invited to sign the online
guest book at www.herringgroseclose.com