Gerald Lavern “Vern” Cochran, 88

Gerald Lavern “Vern” Cochran, of Allegan passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at the age of 88.

Vern was born on May 22, 1931, in Holland. He was the son of Samuel and Cydnia (Knapp) Cochran.

He served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy, serving on an aircraft carrier.

He was married to Christine “Chris” Johnson and together they had three daughters: Cathy, Janis and Nancy.

Vern developed TriPonds Camping in the 1960s. He retired from Rockwell International and operated Cochran Tree Farm after his retirement. Vern has nurtured many pets over the years, usually one more pet than she could appreciate. In his spare time Vern enjoyed woodworking, birdwatching, card playing, and countless projects. Traveling throughout all 50 states brought him a lot of pleasure.

Vern is survived by his wife, Christine; three daughters, Cathy (Rich) Espinoza, Janis (Kirk) Reynolds, and Nancy (Mike) Bylsma; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

While visiting Vern’s webpage at, please take time to sign his guestbook by lighting a candle and/or sharing a memory with the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to your local Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity, or place and tend to a bluebird house in Vern’s memory.

The family is being cared for by the Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 129 South Grand, Schoolcraft, MI 49087, (269) 679-5622.



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