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Virgil Fontaine Cochran

April 16, 1932 - December 12, 2020

On Saturday, December 12, 2020 Virgil Fontaine Cochran, loving husband, father, uncle, and grandfather, passed away peacefully at the age of 88 after a long illness.

Virgil was born on April 16, 1932 in Guardian, WV to the late Virgil Emmett and Opha Frances (Plumley) Cochran.  He graduated from Grafton High School, WV in 1950 and enlisted in the US Navy in 1952.  His naval career spanned 23 years during which he rose in rank from seaman recruit to Lieutenant Commander. During that time, he served in various units, ships and stations as a staff officer and as an Engineering Officer.

Among his decorations were the National Defense Service Medal, various campaign ribbons, the Navy Achievement and the Navy Commendation Medals.  As an officer, Virgil always put the well-being of his sailors before his own.  After retiring from the Navy, he worked for J. J. Henry Co. and SEACOR for many years.

On July 19, 1964 Virgil married Eike Mary Braren in Glücksburg, Germany.  Together they raised two sons, Virgil (Ricki) of Chesapeake and Mark of Newburg, PA.

Virgil was passionate about golfing, yardwork, and helping anyone who needed a hand.  He loved telling funny stories and learning new things, and was constantly discovering some new project. If he didn’t know how to fix or build something, Virgil never gave up until he figured it out.  And if he didn’t have a project of his own, he would gladly help others with theirs.

Virgil was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Etsell Lee (Pete), Gary Francis, and Charles Calvin.  He is survived by his wife Eike, his two sons Virgil (Ricki) and Mark, their wives Christa and Melanie, many nieces, nephews, and his beloved grandchildren.

The family would like to thank Home Instead Senior Care and the many caregivers who assisted us during Virgil’s final years.  Altmeyer Funeral Home is handling the arrangements for a family graveside service on Friday, December 18, which will be livestreamed HERE, and available for viewing.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to an organization of your choice.

Service Information

Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, December 18, 2020

Time: 11:00 am


Forest Lawn Cemetery

8100 Granby Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23505

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