Clayton Levi Cochran, 104, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, Oct. 15, 2011, in Florida.
Born in Clark County, Iowa, July 3, 1907, he enjoyed farm life as a boy, attended Osceola High School and Drake University, preparing for a career in sales.
He lived in Des Moines, Iowa, married Thelma Penniston in 1935, and Robert and Mary Ann were born.
He was active in Waveland Park Lodge and Scottish Rite.
The family moved to Kansas City, Mo., in 1946, and to Webster Groves, Mo., in 1954.
Thelma died in 1957. He remarried to Mildred Tibbetts Moore in 1958.
He was a pioneer in Audio-Visual educational equipment for Rheem-Califone, Calif., Reed Audio-Visual of Webster Groves and Lee School Supply of Terre Haute.
Clayton and Midge moved to Brazil in 1964, where he enjoyed active membership in the Zorah Shrine, Terre Haute, Elks No. 762, Brazil, and First Presbyterian Church.
He purchased a home in Trailer Estates in 1986, and retired to Florida full time in 1991.
He took up residence in Trailer Estates, where he was a member of the Square Club and T.E. Evangelical Covenant Church. He initiated televised coverage of the church services.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Levi and Bessie Lee Cochran, first wife Thelma Penniston Cochran, siblings Leota Johnson, Hope Paschall and Donald Cochran, step-daughter Janet Thompson, and great-granddaughters Hickory Witty and Tracy Richards.
He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Mildred Cochran, Bradenton, Fla., sisters Doris Douthitt, Duncan, Okla., and Betty Redman, Van Wert, Iowa, daughter Mary Ann Haxton (Martha Elkin), son Robert J. Cochran (Susie), step-children Charles G. Hill (Jaynis) and Jacqueline Meharry (George), 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the T.E. Evangelical Covenant Church, Bradenton, Fla., or to the First Presbyterian Church, Brazil.
Memorial services will take place at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, at T.E. Evangelical Covenant Church, 1903 69th Ave. W., Bradenton, Fla., 34207.
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