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Ralph James Cochran

November 17, 1953 — December 7, 2023

Elizabeth Township

Ralph James Cochran, 70, of Elizabeth Township, formerly South Park, passed away Thursday, December 7, 2023. He was born in Pittsburgh on November 17, 1953 and was the son of the late Ralph George and Elizabeth Merl (Stilley) Cochran. Ralph enjoyed motocross sports in all aspects, repairing dirt bikes and racing them as "Ralph Racing" with his children. He would make friends with every person he would meet and would learn about everyone he met, no matter how brief. He is survived by his daughter, Gretchen (Curt) Schumann of Elizabeth Township; sons, Mitchell (Nicole Conte) Cochran of Pittsburgh, Randall Cochran of Jefferson Hills and Zachary (Hannah) Schademan of Beaufort, SC; grandchildren, Jacob, Nolan, and Asher; sister-in-law, Sharyn Applebaum; and his ex-wife and dear friend, Cheryl Schademan of Jefferson Hills. In addition to his parents, Ralph was preceded in death by his brothers, David and Donald Cochran; and dear friend, Scott Schademan. There is no visitation. Arrangements are by the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, director. Condolences can be made at

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