Melvin Armstrong Cochran, 75, of Walden, died peacefully on Monday July 22, 2013 at the Copley Hospital in Morrisville.
He was born Jan. 16, 1938 in Walden the son of the late Orlin and Ella (Armstrong) Cochran. He attended Walden and Danville public schools.
In his earlier days Melvin traveled to Alaska where is worked in the logging business. He returned to Vermont where he married Alberta Jane Davidson on Dec. 6, 1958 in Walden. He continued logging until he and his family once again traveled to Alaska where he worked on the railroad for several years. They later made their home in Vermont where he owned and operated a dairy farm in Walden and for 11 years Melvin and Alberta owned and operated the Eden General Store. He worked at Paradise Valley Antiques in Eden and drove bus for the Greensboro Nursing Home.
Melvin was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Johnson. He will be remembered as a kind, gentle man who loved family gatherings, spending time with his grandchildren and traveling.
Survivors include his loving wife, Alberta , of Walden; two children: James Cochran and his wife, Leisa of Eden; Wanda Cochran and her partner, John Carr of Hyde Park; six grandchildren: James Cochran Jr. and Jeremy Cochran and his wife, Sariah, all of Lowell, Joseph Cochran of Eden, Adam Poulin and his companion, Chandra Noyes, of Exeter, N.H., Christopher Poulin of Nottingham, N.H., Heather McFarlane and her companion , Jason Prosser, of Eden Mills; two great grandchildren: Hallie Cochran of Eden and Tucker Poulin of Exeter, N.H.; two brothers: Milton Cochran of Walden and Carlton Cochran of Morrisville; a sister: Irene Cross of Colchester; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by a sister: Olive Watt and four brothers: Wilfred, Harlan, Merlin, and Wayne Cochran.
Visiting hours will be held Wednesday evening 6-8 p.m. at the Northern Vermont Funeral Home, 60 Elm St., Hardwick.