Kenneth Clark Cogdill
January 19, 1932 – July 6, 2018
Kenneth Clark Cogdill (86) passed away peacefully on July 6, 2018. He is survived by his beloved wife of sixty-four years Martha Jane “Janie”; children Craig L. Cogdill (Jan), Phil Cogdill (Debra), Steven D. Cogdill (Cumanda), eight grandchildren, four great grandchildren and sister Karen M. Laechelin (Gary). He was preceded in death by his parents Eugene “Bud” and Doris, and sister Yvonne who were long-time Flagstaff, AZ residents. Ken grew up in Flagstaff. He was a 1949 graduate of Flagstaff High School. He served in the U.S. Navy from January 1950 to October 1953, completing two combat tours in the Korean War aboard the USS Kidd DD 661 and spent sixteen months on Guam. He joined the love of his life Janie Severson from Winslow, AZ while they were on an ASU three month graduate English study tour covering eleven European Countries. Then, while attending NAU, he and Janie married after they graduated (Janie with a Master’s Degree). Their first son Craig was born a year later. One year after that, Ken graduated from the Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management and joined The First National Bank of Boston. Their second son Phil was born in Beverly, MA. Ken then worked five years in Buenos Aires, Argentina where their third son Steve was born. Ken and his family then moved to Cambridge, MA, where he earned his MBA at Harvard Business School and became a member of the Harvard Club. He then joined Exxon spending two years in NYC and two years in Coral Gables, FL. Following Exxon, he took a job with Amerada Hess Corp. in NYC and lived in Summit, NJ for thirty years. Ken retired as V.P. Corporate Planning and Control. Upon his retirement, he and Janie spent their time between Summit, NJ and Surprise, AZ until his death. At age twelve Ken dedicated his life to Jesus. At age thirty-nine he received Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior assuring his eternal life. He was so grateful that each member of his entire family knows Jesus as his/her personal savior, thus ensuring themselves eternal life with Jesus. One of God’s spiritual gifts to Ken was the gift of administration. He used it as an active church member; serving as Elder, Treasurer, Sunday School Superintendent and Board Member at the Churches where his family lived. He served seven years as assistant Boy Scout Scoutmaster (All three sons are Eagle Scouts), was a member of Grace Bible Church of Sun City, AZ; He was also camp president of the Gideons International. A memorial service will be held at the Surprise Funeral Care at 10 AM, Thursday July 19, 2018. Ken will be interned at the family plot in Citizens Cemetery, Flagstaff, AZ.
Should friends desire, contributions may be made to Gideons International.
- Memorial Celebration Thursday, July 19, 2018
Kenneth Clark Cogdill
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Mark and Candy Hetzer
July 17, 2018
Grateful to have been neighbors and friends in Sun City Grand. Ken's smile and his friendship with Janie made us blessed to know him!
He will be in our hearts forever!
Mark and Candy
July 17, 2018
Ken, a few memories, sliding down Grand Canyon Ave in every snow storm, Camping at Pine Flats on Oak Creek, in our home made tents, eating a can of Spam in the outhouse to be out of the rain! Stretching a string
between our rooftops so we could talk on the phone! When my Mom said 4 little boys need to do more then play, and took Ken, Bill Etter, Ed Womack, and I, into a Quartet and taught us to sing, even in Harmony, anywhere people would listen! That Quartet is still going at 86 and 87, still best friends even though God is calling us...My wife Bonny first, now you Ken! But oh the memories, Fun family get together's at our homes just to visit or watch a train... and the Fly fishing any where we could find a stream and a few moments any where in the west! The trip to Tuachan, to see Cinderella, a week ago with your family! So many fun memories! The greatest gift God gives each one of us, is Memories, all of our life, share them! Ken, I miss those moments and the phone calls of 86 beautiful years...Love Dick