CHARLESTON, IL – Charles Nelson Cochran, age 96 and formerly of Charleston, joined his heavenly family in their eternal home on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 while at his Christian Village residence in Lincoln, Illinois. The graveside service, honoring and celebrating his life, will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, December 28, 2020 at Roselawn Cemetery in Charleston with Ronald Cochran officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Illinois Army National Guard Funeral Detail. Charitable gifts in his honor may be made to the Lake Land Church of Christ and mailed in care of Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, Illinois 61920.
Charles was born October 10, 1924 in Seven Hickory Township, Coles County, Illinois and was the son of the late Verne and Sadie (Heddins) Cochran. He married L. Ruth Gaddis on December 2, 1949 and they were blessed with 57 years of marriage prior to her death on February 28, 2007. He is survived by two loving children, Ruth (George) Sloot of Lincoln, Illinois and Ronald (Patty) Cochran of Champaign, Illinois; four grandchildren, Ben (Katie) Sloot, serving with the Army Reserves and living in Southampton, Massachusetts, Dori (Cody) Gayhart and Devin (Tabbey) Cochran, all of Champaign, and Sean (Audrey) Cochran of Seymour, Illinois; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Muriel (Rex) Palone of Lawton, Oklahoma; and several nieces and nephews and their families. In addition to his parents and wife, Charles was preceded by a grandson, Jacob Sloot; and two sisters, Blanche James and Kate Hanner.
Chuck proudly and honorably served his country as a member of the United States Army Air Force during World War II. He was employed with Mid Central Operating Engineers as a heavy equipment operator. Chuck was a man of faith and a member of the Lake Land Church of Christ in Mattoon. His servant’s heart was demonstrated through his desire and joy in helping others. Chuck volunteered many hours helping to build Charleston ballfields which included Baker Field, and his neighbors knew they could rely on help with yard mowing during the summer months and snow plowing in the winter. His loving and caring devotion for his family was never questioned and was especially evident during the years he was a caregiver for his wife and mother. Chuck was a kind and gentle soul whose life reflected integrity and Christian values.
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