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Allnutt Funeral Service – Drake Road Chapel

650 W. Drake Rd., Ft. Collins, CO

OBITUARY

Robert Jeffery Cochran

December 30, 1954June 28, 2020
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Robert Jeffery Cochran, 65, passed away, Sunday, June 28, 2020 at his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Bobby was born December 30, 1954 in Burlington, Iowa at Mercy Hospital to Marshall & Coleen Cochran. He then moved to Laramie, Wyoming in the 3rd grade. In Laramie, he attended Washington Elementary, Laramie Junior High, and graduated from Laramie Senior High, Class of 1973. Bobby was involved in Future Farmers of America (FFA), where he showed sheep, pigs, and quarter horse. His pig was Grand Champion and his sheep once was the highest auctioned without the title of Grand Champion. However his biggest pride in FFA was his quarter horse Stacey, the Reserve Grand Champion at the Wyoming State Fair.

July 3, 1973, Bobby took the love of his life, Mary Waskovich, on their first date. They married November 1, 1980 in Fort Collins, Colorado. Bobby & Mary started their own family and were blessed with two children, Bailee & Reece. Over the years they had many crazy & fun adventures but they were most proud of the two children they brought into this world.

After high school, Bobby attended the University of Wyoming for a short while before working for Burman’s Chevrolet, the Union Pacific Railroad, Kodak, and Davidson Chevrolet. January 1, 1979, Bobby began his career as a Union Electrician entering into the IBEW Local 68 apprenticeship program & joining the Hall. Bobby became a journeyman electrician May 1982 and retired January 1, 2017 after 41 years. After the birth of his second child in 1989, Bobby took a short hiatus from being an electrician to work as a Farmers Insurance Agent for seven years.

Bobby’s adventures as a young man included riding bareback broncs and bulls at high school rodeos, his 1970 Chevelle Super Sport, pumping gas at the 3rd Street Station, riding his horses, and partnering up with his wild & crazy friends from Lutz Cabinets where he earned his nickname “Slick”.

Bobby’s biggest passion was his Harley and love for the open road. He attended the Sturgis Bike Rally for 34 consecutive years and many thereafter. His favorite motorcycle rides were those that went “North to go West” with the CurbHuggers 38. His most treasured rides were those putting around with his wife or children on the back of his bike.

Bobby loved Halloween, creating elaborate front porch displays and costumes. As a family, Bobby loved camping at Glendo, McConaughey, Lake Marie & Snowy Range, Red Feathers, and Dowdy Lake. The trips to Mexico with family friends were always highlighted by Bobby’s boisterous personality. Bobby’s creative insights & landscaping for his yard was reveled by all who visited. His unique landscaping incorporated both nature’s beauty and rustic charm.

Bobby’s personality was second to none. His smile was contagious and there wasn’t a soul that did not love his presence. Bobby is remembered most for his amazing sense of humor, captivating storytelling, and unforgettable joke telling. Wherever Bobby went or whoever he encountered, he always made a friend and often for life. There wasn’t a room he couldn’t light up when he entered and was always the life of every party. Most of all, Bobby had a heart of gold and a smile that will be forever imprinted on the hearts and minds of all those he met. His family and friends will forever shine a light in his name.

Bobby is survived by his wife of 39 years, Mary, his children, Bailee & Reece, daughter-in-law, Ellie, and newborn granddaughter, Carter Rae; sisters, Cindy Cattleman (Kurt), Linda Davidson (John), and Marsha Strandgard; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and numerous cousins & families.

Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Coleen & Marshall, brother, Doug, mother-in-law Helen Waskovich, and sister-in-law Anna Waskovich.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bobby’s name can be made to Parkinson’s Association of the Rockies (https://parkinsonrockies.org/online-donation/ or 303-830-1839), which benefits his Fort Collin’s Power Punch Community. Any other monetary donations to the family will be contributed to an educational fund for his present and future grandchildren.

The family would like to invite friends to a public viewing Tuesday July 7, 2020 (4-7pm) at Allnutt Drake Chapel and memorial services & internment Thursday July 9, 2020 (2pm) at Grandview Cemetery, followed by reception (3:30pm) at Resthaven Memory Gardens.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 7, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, July 9, 2020

  • Reception Following Graveside Service

    Thursday, July 9, 2020

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Cindy Mucha

July 10, 2020

Dear Mary, Bailee and Reece,

To hear of Bobby’s passing made my heart sink and just weep. Tommy and I are truly sorry for your loss, he will be missed by all who were blessed to know him. Bobby was always so amazing and kind and there is not one memory we have without his warm smile and laughter at the forefront. Bobby’s kind spirit and giving nature will never be forgotten. He was an amazing father to not only his children, but to all of ours! Kindness, love and generosity runs in your entire family; Tommy and I have not only witnessed this with others but have experienced it first hand. We are grateful to know all of you. Please know you are in our thoughts during this hard time. May the wonderful memories of your husband and father, Bobby, keep your hearts warm and make you smile, even through tears of grief.

With so Much Love,
Cindy and Tommy Mucha

Ron and Judy Oakleaf

July 10, 2020

Mary, Reece, and Bailee,

Oh how he will be missed by all who knew and loved him, most especially by the three of you who knew and loved him best. There are no words, only incredible memories and a longing for his spirit. Bobby filled all of the empty spaces with joy, kindness, laughter, and impeccable, irreverent jokes. Ron and I will carry with us endless recollections of times spent together. Our Fourth of July celebrations on Ken and Helen’s lake, helping us set up the garage for Ben and Morgan’s wedding, skeet shooting at our house, and of course the many gatherings with you, Bobby, Cindy and Bill. Our hearts ache with his loss and fill with the joy he brought to our lives.
Loving you always!

The Oakleafs

Lisa Dunlavy Davis

July 9, 2020

I am so sorry I missed Bobby’s services and also wish we all could have been able to see each other more often. It was such a shock to me to hear that Bobby is gone, but I know we will meet again and all of us will have our class mates together to celebrate our memories!
Mary, I am so sorry for you and your family. I am send Love and Hugs to you and hope to see you when I come to Laramie one of these days in the future.
Take care and prayers to all.
Lisa

Matt and Helen Peters

July 9, 2020

Mary and family,
We are so sorry for your loss of Bobby. We will miss seeing his smiling face on your random trips to Laramie. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this most difficult time.
Matt and Helen Peters

Pat Miles

July 8, 2020

Mary, I'm sorry to hear about Bobby. My heart goes out to you, thoughts and prayers at this terrible time.

Jennifer Schrader

July 7, 2020

Sending love and holding you close during this time. I will always remember Bobby with the that huge smile and funny funny sense of humor. I am grateful I was blessed to share just a snippet of his time on this earth. Loving you all, Jennifer

Susan Gutowsky

July 7, 2020

Mary—I have some wonderful cherished memories of you, Bobby and your two amazing children! Susan

Jordan Dahlinger

July 6, 2020

Family,

Because that’s what you are and always will be, is family. Bobby was nothing short of a father to all of us in the neighborhood, growing up. So many memories rush my brain of my childhood and your family was always at the forefront of those memories. I can still remember the smell of Halloween when Bobby and Mary would whip up the meanest cider, the nights staying up late watching WCW or when I would pick up Reece every morning on the first bike stop and come in and see Bobby in the Kitchen with his HUGE smile and Mary prepping her work station. There are so many memories that could be covered in multiple books but for now, know, your Bobby was always a Dad to me. He loved me and cared for me like I was his own and for that I will forever love and miss him. I am so sorry Family, please know I am always here and I CANNOT wait to see you all again.

Love,

Jordan

Lynda Kelly

July 6, 2020

Dearest Mary, Bailee and Reese, Our hearts 💕are with each of you. May Peace surround you as you walk this path. 🙏 Love always, Lynda, Tom and Kierdyn

Tom Kelly

July 6, 2020

Mary, Bailee and Reece -- that's how Bobby spelled Family!
His big smile and a "Hop In" -- that's how you knew Bobby is here! We'll all miss him......Love You Man - Tom Kelly

Photo: January 2009 - Ft St. Vrain, Colorado (Working Buddies)

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