Bill Cossey died on the l6th of September at home with his family at his side.
Bill graduated from the University of Idaho in 1957 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He was sent to Germany as a company commander of a guided missile site.
In 1965, Major Cossey was sent to Vietnam to be in charge of finding small groups of insurgents and directing air strikes. Viet Nam honored him with a Silver Star and the United States awarded him the Bronze Star..
After returning home, Bill decided to return to college and become a teacher and a coach. He got a position as a science and math teacher at Deer Park Junior High where he stayed for more than 25 years. He coached basketball and football.
His dream was to own a ranch, raise horses and cattle. Hilltop Ranch became a reality in 1966 and he and his wife, Roberta, raised their four children there. Roberta, Kevin and his family still reside there.
Bill is survived by his wife of 59 years, Roberta; and four children, Karen Capp and her children, Logan, Adam and Laura; Kevin, his wife Rita, their children, Sheldon and Brittney, her husband Robert Lee and daughter Makenna; AnneMarie, her husband Mark Holmes, and their children, Ryan and Micah.
Memorial services will be held at Zion Lutheran Church in Deer Park on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Duane Anderson officiating.