The Fence Post obituary: James Glenn Cozad
James Glenn Cozad, 89
Aug. 12, 1930 – Jan. 16, 2020
James Glenn Cozad “Jim” passed away in his hometown of Pierce, Colo., on Jan. 16, 2020, aged 89. He was born Aug. 12, 1930, in Eden, Idaho, to Glen W. and Mary J. (Sobeck) Cozad. Jim’s father passed away of typhoid fever November 1930. Mary moved with infant Jim and older brother Edward LeRoy in 1930 to live near their paternal grandparents William O. and Mary L. (Whitacre) Cozad who had come to Pierce in the late 1880s and his maternal grandparents Joseph C. and Jennie J. (Peterlin) Sobeck who lived near Masters, Colo.
Mary married Glen’s brother, William E. Cozad in 1933. Together they had Mary Ellen (Rieger) Kenneth, Dorothy (Eubank) Alice (Palmer) and Nancy (Long). William (Bill) passed away in 1948 and Jim quit school to farm with his mother and provide for the family. Jim married Ida Mae Carter, of Ault, Colo., on Feb. 1, 1950. They made their home on the farm and raised their two sons. Jim never lived more than 6 miles from his boyhood home. He has had the same phone number since phones were introduced to the area and has had the same post office his entire life. He was a proud man. He never asked for anything but honesty and was careful of indebtedness. He made purchases as he had the money and seldom before.
Jim enjoyed camping, travel, square-dancing, fixing things, and keeping his yard in good care. He was an entrepreneur and had an inventive mind. He could build most anything. While farming he invented and perfected a rod weeder bean cutter, designed and built a one-man operated cattle squeeze chute and many other time-saving and efficient ideas. After farming he used his understanding and mechanical skills specializing in haying equipment repair, eventually starting his own successful hay stacking and stack retrieving business that he continued for around 20 years. After selling his hay stacking business he worked for various local farmers and businesses. Ida passed away in 1993, sharing their life for 43 years.
Jim married Marcia Manée June 5, 2000. Retired, he and Marcia enjoyed camping, traveling and square-dancing. Jim added woodworking to his skills and continued keeping his yard immaculate. They shared 20 years together. Jim was a supportive father and husband and enjoyed his family.
Jim is survived by his wife, Marcia Cozad of Pierce and two sons; James Lynn (Jim) of Pierce; David Lee Cozad and wife Luanne of Colorado Springs, Colo. Grandchildren Katie Hodgson and husband Rock of Eaton, Colo., Jeff Cozad and wife Molly of Greeley, Colo., Todd Cozad and wife Tiffany of Fort Morgan, Colo. His seven great-grandchildren, Lauren, Reed and Alexia Hodgson, Evan and Madison Cozad and Caden and Carter Cozad. Marcia’s daughters Audra Schwartz and husband Joshua of Aurora, Colo., and Keri Purdham of Greeley. Jim’s surviving siblings are Nancy Long, Alice Palmer both of Greeley, Dorothy Eubank of Fort Collins and Kenneth Cozad of Oregon.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Ida Mae, siblings Mary Ellen and Edward, daughter-in-law Shari DeAnn (Hoke) Cozad, and granddaughter Kacie L. Cozad.
A memorial open-house was held in Jim’s honor Feb. 2, 2020, at the Pierce Fire Station.
Thank you for sharing the day remembering a good neighbor, friend and family man.