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John J. Cotchen

October 30, 2020

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COTCHEN- John James, 92, Davidsville formerly of Westmont. Passed away October 30, 2020 at home. Born March 30, 1928 in Hollsopple. Son of John W. and Anna H. (Falkowski) Cotchen. Preceded in death by parents and wife of 60 years, Vivienne M. (Krissay), who passed away on November 16, 2013. Survived by children, Nike married to Geoffrey Mendenhall of Port Clinton, OH, Kevin married to Gayle of Gibsonia, and Neysa Cotchen of Johnstown and her friend Robert Murray of Springdale; and grandchildren, Fostin Cotchen and partner Matthew Hayes of Brooklyn,NY, Linden Cotchen of North Charleston, SC, Merideth Mendenhall of Washington, DC, Halley (Mendenhall) married to Stephen Bell of Charlottesville, VA, and Alex Blough married to Cristina of Alexandria, VA. He attended University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. John was a LT: Naval  Aviator and Flight Officer, who served during the Korean War with the VF-71 Fighter Squadron on the USS Bon Homme Richard carrier. Following combat duty, he served as a flight instructor in the "Top Gun School" at the naval base in Pensacola, FL. He served in the military for 6 years. Also, he owned and flew his Cherokee Lance airplane based in Johnstown. Served on the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport Authority, where he was Chairman for 3 years, member of Naval Aviators. John joined Moxham Hardware Co. in 1955 and became President from 1984 until 2011. Member of Our Mother of Sorrows since 1955. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, services will be private. Entombment at Grandview Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Laurel View Health Care Fund or Our Mother of Sorrows Church. John Henderson Co. Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.hendersonfuneralhome.com

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