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Robin  Cochran

Robin Cochran

Monday, August 16th, 1948 - Tuesday, May 7th, 2019
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Robin “Ragnar” Cochran moved on to be with his LORD in the tall timber May 7, 2019. He was 70 years old and was born on August 16, 1948 to Ralph and Leon Cochran in Hood River, OR. Robin spent his childhood roaming the deep woods of the Upper Hood River Valley. From a young age, his father Ralph “Jack” Cochran taught him the art of wilderness survival, nature observation, tracking, and the joy of the hunt.

After dropping out of college, Robin took these skills and volunteered to go fight the war in Vietnam. He served in Alpha Company, 503 Airborne Infantry, 173rd Airborne, and spent over 320 days participating in horrific combat operations in the jungle. He discharged from the Army as a highly decorated combat veteran. After his deployment to Vietnam, Robin went back to his beloved Oregon woods and started his career as a professional Timber faller. He cut timber in California, Oregon, Washington, and Southeast Alaska. Robin stated “I cannot even explain the love I have for the woods. From the tiniest flowers to the mighty Douglas-fir, I just thank God every day I’m in their presence. I don’t think there’s a person on earth that really witnesses the beauty of the woods like the logger, especially the faller – I know I do. Logging is dangerous, but the woods are full of dangers for those with unopened eyes. I know if my time comes to meet my maker out there in those deep dark woods, I know I’ll be ready, because it is there that my heart is. Christ in Ye, the hope of glory”.

Robin was preceded in death by his father Ralph “Jack” Cochran. He is survived by his mother Leon; brothers Lance and Kit Cochran; sons Zach and Douglas Cochran; grandchildren Caleb, Erik, and Emily Cochran; nieces Amy Thrupe, Emily Edelman, Nell Pemberton, and Ruth Goodman; and nephews Jessie Juris, Aaron, and Ben Cochran.

A celebration of life ceremony will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18th at Anderson’s Tribute Center (1401 Belmont Avenue Hood River, OR). .

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031.
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Potato digger

Posted at 11:17pm
Oh Boy,,, I hung out with This guy a lot 30 year ago. Haven't been around for 20 year. Today is May 7, 2020 1 year to the day since he has been gone apparently. I am shocked,. He was on my mind today...and I wanted to look him up and say Hi Man,,, it's me, after all these year. Pack your sleeping bag man were going to the Canyons rock hounding for a few days buddy. ..........Ow! Wow ,This hurts.
Loved this guy. Yeah,, he could test and see if you scared easily but whats funny is the man was totally humble and kind. Most of you knew that though. He was just jiving. Yup told me stories of the war and how it taxed his mind ever after.
Love you Robin,, Thanks for being my friend.
DJ

David Q. Steele, Jr.

Posted at 08:15pm
Robin was one of the truest and most loyal friends I have ever known. He was generous to a fault and always willing to help, no matter the circumstances. Although Robin was probably born 800 years too late, and on the wrong side of the Atlantic, I am grateful for having been able to count this transplanted Viking as my friend in Oregon in the 20th and 21st centuries. Godspeed to a woodsman and a warrior! "May the forest be with you, Ragnar!"
JJ

Judy Judd

Posted at 12:27am
Robin was there when my dear friends needed him. RIP Robin. You were “one if a kind”.
GM

greg moser

Posted at 10:59am
Skiing at Cooper Spur from the age of 10 to when I left for College Robin was one of the most curious guys on the Hill. always approachable and his signature yodeling he was one of the characters I looked up to and could always listen to his adventures.

Greg Moser
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Katherine Crawford Filbin

Posted at 08:58pm
I knew Robin for a lot of years and he was a good friend of mine. We cut timber together and we were Vietnam brothers. He was a misguided soul in this messed of world of ours but we understood each other. We worked together for many years and always got along. We were friends for years and I'll always remember him. The pictures I added were pictures of Robin in the 70's when we cut timber together. He was a great teacher and kept me alive.
 

Katherine Crawford Filbin Posted at 08:59pm

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