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Robert Manning Cogan, 82, of Ashland, husband of 52 years to Nancy Chandler Cogan, died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in KDMC.
He was born July 24, 1935, in Charleston, W.Va., a son of the late Thomas and Mildred Silverwood Cogan.
Robert was also preceded in death by a brother, Tom Cogan; and a sister, Judy Montgomery.
He was a Christian and member of Rose Hill Baptist Church, where he served in years past as a Sunday School teacher, trustee, usher and electrician during the construction of their current sanctuary.
Bob graduated high school in St. Albans, W.Va., then went on to study engineering at Georgia Tech. Not long after, he began as a co-op student at Armco Steel, working his way into management and retiring from AK Steel in 1992 and retired from Sears in 2006.
Bob loved to keep up his beautiful lawn and enjoyed gardening, really anything to allow him to "play outside!" He was one of the men from the Master Gardeners who planted the bulbs which produced the gorgeous daffodils we now see in Central Park today.
Bob was a "fixer" and always making notes and looking for a solution when he saw a need, especially if the need was one from his family.
He loved his family very much and will be greatly missed by many.
In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by two sons, Stephen Manning Cogan and wife Melissa of Ashland and Kenneth Todd Cogan of Ashland; a brother, Wayne Surbaugh of Hickory, N.C.; a sister, Margaret Jarvis of Poca, W.Va.; and three granddaughters, Stephanie Franklin (wife Samantha), Allison Cogan and Erin Felty.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, at Preston Family Funeral Home. Entombment will be in Rose Hill Burial Park Mausoleum.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rose Hill Baptist Church or Rose Hill Daycare.
Condolences may be sent to prestonfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Published on October 25, 2017
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