More detail on this person: Jerry L Cogdill was born August 5, 1943 in Fort Worth, Texas, to
Raymond Burton and Lula Lee Cogdill; he was the fourth child in the family. Jerry was raised in
Granbury and graduated from Granbury High School in 1961.
Before joining the United States Army in 1966, Jerry worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Dallas, Texas. Jerry graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 1979, with a degree in Professional Aeronautics. In 1966 Jerry joined the U.S. Army as a Private, was promoted to Warrant Offer and retired as a Major from the U.S. Army Reserves in 1989, having served his country 23 years. During his military career Jerry served as a helicopter pilot instructor at Fort Wolters in Mineral Wells, Texas. He then served two tours of duty in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot: 1967-1968 Jerry flew the OH 13 and UH1 Gunships with A Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Calvary, and 1st Calvary Division. 1970-1971 Jerry flew the Chinook CH 47 with B Company, 228th Aviation Battalion, 1st Calvary Division. Jerry received numerous Citations for his leadership capabilities. Jerry worked for General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems, a career which spanned 25 years, where his knowledge of the F16 Fighting Falcon Jet was invaluable.
Retired Major Cogdill was laid to rest in Georges Creek Cemetery in Somervell County. Jerry was preceded in death by an infant brother, mother, father and sister.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Barbara Lee Cogdill of 23 years, one son, three daughters, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, his brother and sister, many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
(source: Hood County News - 27 September 2014 - p.9A)
Retired Maj. Jerry L. Cogdill passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, surrounded by his family. Funeral: 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home, 5725 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville. Interment: Retired Maj. Cogdill will be laid to rest in Georges Creek Cemetery in Somervell County. Visitation: Family and friends are encouraged to gather and share memories 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Bluebonnet Hills. Survivors: Retired Maj. Cogdill is survived by his wife of 23 years, Barbara Lee; four children; eight grandchildren; one brother; one sister; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends.
Published in Star-Telegram on Aug. 27, 2014
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