Walter "Buddy" Cochran

April 16, 1934 ~ December 26, 2021 (age 87)


Walter “Buddy” Cochran, 87, of Hermitage, PA passed away in his home on December 26th, 2021 with his family at his side.

He was born in Sharon, PA on April 16th, 1934 to Walter and Alice (Kelly) Cochran.  On March 22nd, 1988, he married Denice (Carpec) Cochran.  He worked as a welder and fitter for Chevron, and also for Westinghouse.

Buddy had over fifty years racing sprint cars and modifieds.  In his younger years, stock cars. He had won multiple championships and was honored by the Pittsburgh Motor Speedway and Tri-state area tracks. With over 500 career wins, he was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa. Buddy was also inducted into the Sharon Speedway Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife, son, John F. Cochran of Liberty, OH, daughters, Sharon (Byron) Brannon of Hermitage, PA, Kathy (Ken) Vaughn of Transfer, PA, Angel (Eric) Campman-Lenzi, of Sharpsville, PA, sister, Kathleen Kovach of Transfer, PA, daughter-in-law, Sherry L. Cochran of Greenville, PA, grandchildren, Nicole Stephens, Byron Brannon, Jr., Kenny Vaughn, Kyle Vaughn, Katerina Young, Carley Harshbarger, Corey Cochran, Eric Lenzi, Brock Lenzi, several great-grandchildren and many cousins, special niece, Linda Kovach Silk, nieces, and nephews

He is preceded in death by his parents and son, Troy Cochran.

Friends may call Sunday, January 2nd, 2022 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Hickory VFW. 

A prayer service will be held at 3:00 pm in the Hickory VFW with Pastor Bill Beck officiating. Following the prayer service, friends are welcome to stay for dinner, immediately following the prayer service.

Arrangements entrusted to SHERMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY

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January 2, 2022

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Prayer Service
January 2, 2022

3:00 PM

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