James A. Cochran, 79, of Normal, passed away at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 6, 2019) at his home.
His service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington, with the Rev. Kathy King-Nobles officiating. Interment will be private. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to Gift of Hope.
Jim was born Aug. 18, 1939, in Bloomington, the son of Roy D. and Irene Herrin Cochran. He married Nancy Wills on Jan. 26, 1958, at First United Methodist Church in Normal. She survives.
Also surviving are three daughters, Kelly (Steve Leason) Cochran and Kristi (David) Locke, both of Normal, and Kimberly (Cindy Denby) Cochran, Springfield; two grandchildren, Makenzie (Tyler) Perkins and Maggie (Eric) Seim; two great-grandchildren, Tinley and Madison Seim; a brother, Tom (Karen) Cochran, Basking Ridge, N.J.; two nieces, Cindy Crimmins and Laura Murray; and two nephews, Brad Cochran and Jeffrey Wills.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Murphy Martin, and an infant brother, David Cochran.
Jim graduated from Bloomington High School, lettering in football, basketball and baseball, and went to Western Illinois University on a baseball scholarship. He retired in 1993 from General Telephone Co. and from Sullivan Electric in 2001.
The family would like to thank Advocate Hospice for all their care and support.
Bobo, as he was affectionately known, was a loyal, hardworking man who loved his family and his loyal companion and best friend, Baxter. He never met a stranger and will be dearly missed by his family and all those who knew and loved him.