David Cozad

Obituary of David Cozad




David Charles Cozad, son of Rex and Merle (Knutson) Cozad was born January 7, 1945 in McCook, Nebraska and passed away at his home in Holly Lake Ranch, Tx on February 12, 2018 at the age of 73.

David grew up in Decatur County, Ks and attended the Spring Branch School for the first 8 years of his education. He then attended high school in Norcatur graduating in 1963. On January 30, 1965 he married his high school sweetheart Karen Jackson, they were married in the Maple Grove Church of the Brethren northwest of Norton, KS. January 30, 2018 they celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary.

David was a man of many talents and did many things in his 73 years; he farmed until moving to Norton in 1976 where he was in construction building homes. For a few years he owned and operated a commercial laundry in Norton until he pursued a life long dream of learning to fly. Once he got his private pilot license he continued on to achieve his instrument rating and then a commercial license. He taught ground school and several of his students went on to get their private licenses under his direction. While flying brought about many numerous experiences, his favorite part of it was crop dusting. That aspect of flying combined things he loved best – farming and flying and being outdoors.

When he physically could no longer crop dust, he left aviation and worked for the Kansas Dept of Correction for 5 years. He had an opportunity then to buy an automotive sales route business which he continued for several years. When he retired he went back to construction and remodeled his parents old home place into a cabin for family and friends to gather for reunions and hunting and just enjoying life in the country.

In the fall of 2014, Karen and David moved to Texas to be closer to their grandchildren. His health started deteriorating soon after but he loved his time in Texas. He attended numerous activities involving the grandchildren and enjoyed the times they visited in Holly Lake. He was able to watch numerous birds, deer and other wildlife from his patio. His family remembers him as a very special father and grandfather, and have lots of memories of how much he loved them.

Survivors include: his wife Karen of the home; one daughter, Tracy and Dan Engelhardt of Norton; two sons, Jon and Maria Cozad and their children Jack and Jennica of North Richland Hills, Tx; Jeremy and Claire Cozad and their children Lucy and Rose of Tyler, Tx; his mother, Merle Cozad of Lee Summit, Mo; one sister, Mary Lynn and Bill Vanderburg of Clinton, MO; two nephews and six nieces and their families; many other relatives and friends.

David was preceded in death by his father, Rex; one sister, Beverly Morton; one brother, John Cozad; his paternal grandparents, Bert and Naomi Cozad; maternal grandparents, Elmer and Helen Knutson.


FUNERAL SERVICE – Friday, February 16, 2018 –10:30 A.M.

PLACE – Enfield Funeral Home – Norton, Kansas

VISITATION – Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 5:00 P.M until 7:00 P.M.

at the Enfield Funeral Home in Norton.

INTERMENT – Norcatur Cemetery – Norcatur, Kansas


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