Robert D. Cochell

1/4/2014

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Bob was born on April 18, 1962, in Lakin, Kansas. He was the son of Darrell and Pat Cochell.

The journey begins: he attended school in Lakin, and finished his education in Malta, Montana. In 1981, he married Debra McNamara. They later divorced, that's when the construction industry became his life. Bob worked at gold mines in Montana and Nevada, then went on to building roads in California, railroads in New York, highways in Colorado and New Mexico, and laid fiber optics from Texas to Florida. He then had the opportunity to go to Alaska, working for Kiewit Construction, Granet Construction and various other construction companies. He helped build the famous "Road to Nowhere" in Ketchikan, and the Richardson Highway, plus an airstrip in Petersburg.

There was always something interesting, one which he lived in the Bering Sea in the Aleutian Islands on a ship while trying to build an airport. He worked at the Red Dog Zinc Mine in Kotzebue, and counted polar bears at Kaktovik, the latter two of which were working with native American Eskimos.

He always told the stories of how he drank a toast to the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, swam with the manatees in Florida, attended the start of the Iditarod dog races in Anchorage, and still managed to have a right respectable party every now and then.

His hobbies were hunting, fishing, and he loved to cook. He had a special connection with his dogs and horses.

He is survived by two daughters, Melissa (Steven) Moog and Jennifer Cochell, both of Joplin, Mont.; three granddaughters, Gracie, Allie and Brooklyn; his parents of Lakin, Kan.; one brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Susan Cochell of Springfield, Colo.; a niece, Lindsey Cochell of Pueblo, Colo.; a nephew, Marcus Cochell of Guymon, Okla.; an "adopted sister," Delores Edwards of Lakin; and his soul mate for life, Peggy Heath of Wilsall, Mont. He was preceded in death by one brother.

His journey ended in Livingston, Mont., on Dec. 24, 2013.

As per Bob's instructions, cremation has occurred and no services are planned. His ashes will be spread in the Shields River Valley in Montana.

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