Thursday, June 11, 2015

Castle Cohron, Jr., Obiturary

John and I just returned from honoring his father's life.  He was interred yesterday in Lake Charles, his beloved home town. A hero to us all.
Castle “Buddy” Cohron, Jr. passed away June 3, 2015 in Spring, TX. He was born in Jennings, Louisiana to Castle Clarence Cohron and Lydia Guillory on March 8, 1942. He attended the all boys school, St. Charles Academy where he made lifelong friends. He was a member of the Lake Charles Civil Air Patrol in 1958, graduated from Landry High School in 1959 and received a bachelor’s degree at University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1965. Castle was part of the class that founded the Green Party at Kappa Sigma Fraternity.  He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force from November 1965 until his honorable discharge in March 1971. He completed over 200 missions in an F-4 Phantom during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight in Southeast Asia. Also, receiving the Air Medal Award with 16 Oak Leaf Clusters for meritorious achievement in aerial operations and heroic acts against an armed enemy.

His love of family, golfing, bowling, fishing and all Louisiana sports teams, rivaled no other.   His smiling blue eyes charmed everyone he spoke with and his easy demeanor always meant a friendship was soon to follow.  

He is survived by his sister Barbara Duhon of Lake Charles, LA, and sons, Castle Cohron and his wife Hollie of Sealy, TX, John Cohron and his wife Marylinda of Spring, TX, and Chris Cohron of Casper, WY. Grandchildren; Emilio Arredondo-Cohron, Shelby Cohron, and Olivia Cohron, and former wife Vernie Therese Newland of Katy, TX.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Wounded Warriors Project or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Celebrating his 100th mission in Vietnam.  We have a 8mm reel of him doing a victory lap on the airfield, with champagne being sprayed and a joyful Castle.

His fraternity brothers of Kappa Sigma at UL-Lafayette.

It was beautiful to see all his childhood friends show up at the visitation and funeral.  He was truly loved.

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