Obituary: Ray Cogburn |

Obituary: Ray Cogburn

Ray Cogburn
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Ray Cogburn

December 31, 1932 – August 5, 2021

Ray Dean Cogburn was born on December 31,1932 to Frances Mae Bowser and Harry Ray Cogburn in Gilcrest, Colorado. He passed away on August 5, 2021, at the young age of 88 years old. Ray Dean was raised on the family farm where he worked daily throughout his young life. Ray the eldest of 5 boys awoke regularly in the early hours to irrigate the crops and do chores. Early on he was recognized as a leader by his peers in 4-H and the local news. He continued his pursuit of service by attending and graduating from Colorado State University, where he attained a bachelor’s degree in science and later a master’s degree in Agricultural Science. Ray accepted his first professional position as an agricultural agent in 1956 in Garfield County, Colorado and moved to Glenwood Springs where he became an integral part of the community. In 1956 he was introduced to Alta Gustafson and was married later that year. Over the years he continued his agricultural career and became the director of Extension Services for Garfield County in Colorado. He was the cornerstone of the extension service for over 30 years in Garfield County helping farmers and ranchers in western Colorado. He was the focal point for organizing, planning, and hosting the county fair and rodeo and served on the fair board for decades.

In 1973 he married Maxie Jean Jennings and he retired from the Garfield County extension service in 1987. Ray and Maxie relocated to Temple, Texas where he began a second career as a Texas Department of Agriculture enumerator where he gathered and reported agricultural information.

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Ray was a dedicated individual and enjoyed his family. He loved to help friends and people in the community by bringing them into his life and sharing his extensive experience. Ray truly enjoyed helping anyone who needed a hand. He was a true believer and faithful to his creator.

Ray is preceded in death by his father and mother as well as brothers Roy and Rex. Ray is survived by his wife Maxie, brothers Roger (Margie) of Wellington, CO, Russell (Dorothy) of Castle Rock, CO, children Rodney (Ava) of De Beque, CO, Ryan of Omaha, NE, Rollin (Karen) of Colorado Springs, CO, and Roma (Gregg) of Lantana, TX. He is also survived by his stepchildren Patricia of Temple, TX, Amelia of Houston, TX, and Steven (Lynn) of Cypress, TX. Ray is survived by 18 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

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