Steven Alan Cocherl: Sept. 25, 1949 – Oct. 26, 2020

Cocherl, Steven

Steven Alan Cocherl passed away suddenly on Oct. 26, 2020, in Everett, Wash. He was born Sept. 25, 1949 in Seattle Wash., to Charles Cocherl and Virginia (Murray) Cocherl. He was the second of six children and the only boy.

Steve grew up in West Seattle surrounded by a large family of siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins. He attended West Seattle High School. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1972 to 1976, being based at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station while not deployed. After his honorable discharge, Steve decided to remain on Whidbey Island, where he met and married his wife, Trudi Williams, in 1975. Steve and Trudi had four children, Danielle in 1975, Nicole in 1978, Donald in 1981 and C.J. in 1983. The couple divorced in 1993.

Steve continued to work at NAS Whidbey, spending several years as a high-voltage electrician before becoming a base firefighter from 1986 until his retirement in 2006.

Steve was a big fan of the Seattle Seahawks, fast cars — both watching and driving, Kentucky Fried Chicken and, of course, a little Crown Royal. Spoiling his grandkids and spending time with family was a top priority for him.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Chuck and Ginny and sisters Christine (Ken) Shott and Sharon (Curt) VanHoutte. He is survived by his children, Danielle Cocherl, Nicole (Shane) Westergard, Donald (Tayler) Cocherl, Clifford/CJ Cocherl and honorary daughter Melissa (Tighe) Smith.

His loving grandkids, Irelyn, Anisyn and, joining the family in March 2021, Gerritt Steven William Cocherl, will proudly carry on the family name.

Steve is also survived by his sisters Donna (Bruce) Lindseth, Holly Corey and Kellie (Tony) Vigil.

Due to COVID-19 a Celebration of Life will be announced when it is allowed and safe for everyone. Thank you.

To share memories of Steve, please sign the online guestbook at

Cocherl, Steven


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