Richard Oren Cogdill

Richard Cogdill, 77, Lonetree, died July 24 in his home.

Richard was born near Des Lacs on March 26, 1936, to Delbert and Della (Lois) Cogdill, where he was raised and educated.

He married Carol Howard at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kongsberg on Aug. 8, 1959.

They lived in Minot until 1969, when they bought land in Lonetree and settled in an area that become known as the Cogdill farm. It was here they began raising their family.

Throughout his life, Richard worked for various construction companies, including Peterson Excavating and Aggregate Construction. He was known by those who worked with him as a skilled operator on virtually any piece of equipment.

He retired in 1998, and devoted his time to numerous small projects in his workshop, doing everything from building wind-driven craft projects to welding miniature replica farm equipment and constructing log splitters.

He was devoted to his family and instilled in his children a sense of self-reliance, creativity, a solid work ethic and a “do it yourself” sensibility toward projects and repairs.

Richard is survived by: his wife, Carol Cogdill; six children, Becky (Charlie), Marian (Keith), Clint (Lisa), Matthew (Sheila), Sarah (Chad) and Clifford (Nancy); brother, Clarence (Gwen); sister, Eunice Ann (Walt); 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Delbert and Della (Lois) Cogdill; brothers, Duane and Homer Cogdill; and sisters, Inez Stevenson, Wyoma Ingolfsland and Leona Leifson.

Funeral service: 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 29, 2013, at Des Lacs United Methodist Church, with a fellowship to follow at Des Lacs City Hall.

(DaWise-Perry Funeral Services, Mandan)