Aug. 21, 1943 - Jan. 21, 2013
ELKHART ó Bruce Woodrow Cogswell Sr., 69, of Elkhart, passed away Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at Elkhart General Hospital.
Bruce was born Aug. 21, 1943, in Kingston, N.Y., to the late Earl W. and Mildred (Houghtaling) Cogswell-Jones.
Bruce Attended Kingston High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1960. He served honorably until his discharge in January, 1964.
On May 26, 1977, Bruce married Debi Abbey in South Bend.
Debi survives, along with their children, Sandra Marshall of Kingston, Bruce W. Cogswell Jr. of Reading, Pa., Richard (Josephine) Cogswell of Charlotte, N.C., Capt. Louis (Alyssa) Cogswell (U.S. Army) of Elkhart, currently stationed in Bagram, Afghanistan, and Savanah Cogswell and Katie Cogswell, both of Goshen. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Bruce is survived by his siblings, Margaret (George) Vogt of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Shirley (Clifford) Johnson of Mottville, Mich., and Ralph (Cheryl) Cogswell of Berwick, Pa., along with several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Osceola. There will also be one hour of calling prior to the funeral service at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Jamestown United Methodist Church, 59218 C.R. 3, Elkhart.
Interment and military honors will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola.
Bruce arrived in the Elkhart area as a country music promoter for the Grand Ole Opry. Bruce was later self-employed as a graphic artist for more than 35 years, specializing in paper printing, screen printing and later banners and signs.
He enjoyed country music and played in several bands throughout his lifetime as a guitar player and lead singer, most notably for the Boone County Band. Bruce also founded the group Fishers of Men, a Christian missionary band that played weekly at the Belmont Neighborhood Fellowship, Elkhart. He was also a longtime member of Jamestown United Methodist Church.
Bruce volunteered his time with many organizations such as Baugo Township Lions Club, American Legion Post 308, Indiana Patriot Guard Riders, Cogswell Association (webmaster for family genealogy) and USS Blandy Association.
In his spare time, he enjoyed running model trains, riding his Harley and running his side business, Barnacle Billís Ship Store.
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