Virgil Fontaine Cochran

April 16, 1932 - December 12, 2020

04/16/1932 - 12/12/2020

Past Services

Friday December 18, 2020
11:00 am
Forest Lawn Cemetery
8100 Granby Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23505

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.

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Kevin Davis
3 years ago

Virgil would always stop over my mom and dads house out of the blue. Usually it would be on the weekend when some football game was on. So the game would be playing, and the two old navy buddies would discuss all kinds of subjects and problems, maybe even solve a few of them, and have a beer. Good times!

Mike and Debbie Anglin
3 years ago

It was a pleasure to care for Virgil. Please give our condolences to Eike. God bless you all.

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
3 years ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Virgil Fontaine Cochran, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
My thoughts
and prayers to the family of ….

US Navy Veteran, Virgil Fontaine Cochran, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †