Vernon William Cochran, 87, farmer, horsemanVernon William...

September 23, 1996

Vernon William Cochran, 87, farmer, horseman

Vernon William Cochran, the descendant of a long line of Maryland farmers and an avid horseman, died Wednesday at a Forest Hill nursing home, where he had lived since March. He was 87 and had lived for 60 years on Scarff Road in Harford County.

He was born on the family farm at Jarrettsville Pike and Hess Road. The farm was sold in the late 1930s. He then moved to the property on Scarff Road in Upper Crossroads, which he farmed until the mid-1960s, when he sold the farmland but kept his house.

After retiring from farming, Mr. Cochran devoted more time to his love for horses. He worked at the boarding stable of Elkridge-Harford Hunt Club. He also was an assistant to dressage rider Donna Arnold at her farm in Madonna.

For many years until the late 1980s, he assisted his daughter, Susan C. Marshall, at her Jay-Mar stables on Sheppard Road in Monkton. Although he finally did retire, she said, "He was still very active until this last year."

Mr. Cochran was married for 30 years to the former Susan Stroh, who died in 1960.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. today at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church on Long Green Pike in Hydes.

Other survivors include a sister, Eleanor Cochran Six of Fallston; a brother, Elmer Cochran of Phoenix; two grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Pub Date: 9/23/96

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