Al C. Kocher, 85

Al C. Kocher, 85, of Ellwood City passed away Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Shenango On the Green after a brief illness.

Born August 13, 1938 in Beaver Falls he was the son of the late Harry A. and Helen Groscost Kocher.

Al graduated from Ellwood City Lincoln High School in 1956 and from Geneva College where he earned his B.S. degree. He spent his career in the steel industry, first working at Blaw Knox and then United Engineering in sales and management. While working at United Engineering he was the co-inventor of the Kool Flo product. He then worked at NKK Steel Engineering where he served as President and COO until his retirement in 2001.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #599, the Ellwood City Area Historical Society, the Association of Iron and Steel Engineers, and Christ Presbyterian Church in Ellwood City where he formerly served as an Elder. Al was also a past president of the Ellwood City Jaycees and served in the Air Force National Guard. He enjoyed volunteering in his community, working in his yard, and reading. Above all, he cherished time spent with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years Jane Brooks Kocher; two daughters, Erin (Jeff) Barone of Boardman and Brooke Kocher of Arizona; step-son, David (Tammy) Chapnell of New Castle; six grandchildren, Lauren (Kelby), Nicholas, Megan (Bryce), Tobin, Elaina (Andrius), and Matthew; one great-grandson Jameson; sister, Carol Bisceglia of North Carolina; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Allison Kocher and his half-brother Ferris Kocher.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, Inc. 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City, during which Masonic Services will be held.

Visiting hours will also be held at Christ Presbyterian Church on Thursday, February 29, at 9:30 am and will be followed by the Funeral Service at 10:00 am. Rev. Tod Custer will officiate.

Interment will follow in the Rockland Cemetery in Kennerdell.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Christ Presbyterian Church or to the donor’s favorite charity.

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5 thoughts on “Al C. Kocher, 85

  1. Condolences to Jane and the rest of Al’s family. He was indeed a special person with a wonderful smile and a joy for life . Hero will be missed.

  2. Dear Jane and family
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your loved one. Al was such a great person and he will be deeply missed. May God’s loving arms surround you, comfort you and give you strength today and in the days ahead. My prayers are with you.
    God’s blessings.
    Ginny Brest

  3. Dear Jane….Please accept my sympathies…I am so sorry for your loss….Alvin was a good man….. to you and his family and all of EC. I am hurting for you….but please be strong and depend on your family and friends for all their help. My kids took over for me and they did it all…..looking back I am so grateful for all they did.

    I am sending you all my love. We go way back…but we have never forgotten each other ever…..and now we need each other even more.

    Just remember…..I am here for you..I will call in a week or so….

    As ever….your almost twin….

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