Jeff was a hard worker and held jobs in many different areas – manufacturing,
agriculture, automotive, collections, information technology, customer
service, and most recently in aerospace at Southwest United Industries.
Jeff could do just about anything he set his mind to and frequently employed
the phrase “work smarter, not harder”. He not only applied
this concept to work, but to his hobbies as well. He enjoyed woodworking,
hunting, fishing, OSU football, NASCAR, anything involving firearms &
shooting, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Honesty (sometimes brutal) and integrity were two of Jeff’s more
noticeable characteristics – he simply looked for matching words
and actions in the people he met and that was how he determined whether
or not they were going to be friends. The trust and respect that he had
for his friends was truly earned. He was not afraid to tell you what he
thought and knew that others would not always like what he had to say,
but also that they would respect the fact that he was telling the truth.
July 7, 2015 marked the beginning of a drastic change in Jeff’s life
as he was diagnosed with stage four neuroendocrine cancer. He was in the
habit of diligently studying his Bible and occasionally would post his
thoughts on the studies on Facebook, but after the diagnosis his posts
became more frequent as he leaned on God’s word for comfort and
strength. When he was too ill to get out – his computer was his
window to the world with whom he felt called to share the message of Christ.
Friends and family alike were touched by his insight into scripture and
although he never realized the impact of his posts, it has become very
evident since his passing.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife: Lisa, sons: Sean, Nathan, Kyle
and Ty, daughters: Tiffany and Skylar; Six grandchildren: Tristan, Connor,
Lizzie, Michael, Danny and Ralston and a host of other relatives and friends.
Jeffery is survived by his wife: Lisa Gillilan; parents: Terry & Linda
Cochran; children: Sean Barnes & wife Toni of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Nathan
Barnes & wife Ashley of Sand Springs, Oklahoma, Tiffany Shockey of
Potwin, Kansas; Kyle Brandon of Wichita, Kansas, Ty Barnes & Vanessa
Cottman of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Skylar Tidwell of Wellington, Kansas; grandchildren:
Tristan, Connor, Lizzie, Michael, Danny & Ralston.
The family asks that memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children's
Research Hospital in Jeff's name.