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Joseph A. Cogut

February 25, 1937 ~ January 10, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old

Joseph A. Cogut Obituary

Joseph Alexander Cogut passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at 5:51 a.m. 

Before Joseph's death, he was surrounded with love from his wife of 62 years, Sarah (Sally) Margaret Cogut, his daughter Denise Jeannette Cogut and his son, Louis Joseph Cogut. 

He is survived by his oldest and youngest siblings, Theodore "Ted" Cogut, of Tucson, Arizona, and Larry (Vicki nee Virtusio) Cogut, of Glen Allen, Virgina, and a sister-in-law, Pat nee Kudla Cogut, of Lima, Ohio.  Besides Sally, Denise and Louis, Joseph also has a granddaughter Allyson Schenk (Cody Watson) of Arlington, Texas, as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Joseph deeply valued the bond they shared and the memories they created at the family reunions in Michigan.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents: Louis Cogut and Mary nee Evanish (Iwanisz) Cogut, and his siblings, Virginia nee Cogut (Keith) Martin, Carolyn Cogut, William “Bill” Cogut, Annabelle nee Cogut (William) Casaday, Delores nee Cogut (Jess) Gary, Angeline nee Cogut, Newman, Pierce, and sister-in-law, Marie nee Nordstrom Cogut. 

Joseph was known for his outstanding personality and immense strength of character both physically and mentally.  He was intelligent, had great humor and wit, and was able to captivate others with stories of fascinating adventures. 

Joseph was a man of faith, and he loved his wife Sally, his daughter, Denise, and son Louis, and especially his granddaughter, Allyson, and grandson-in-law Cody.  He instilled in them his perseverance, compassion for life, and unconditional love.  In each one, Joseph found immense pride in their accomplishments and cherished their presence, sharing his unwavering support, wisdom, and love.

And anyone who knew Joseph knew he had a passion for airplanes and a life-long love of flight. 

Joseph was born on February 25, 1937, in Caro, Michigan.  Joseph was the sixth of nine children of immigrant parents from Ukraine and attended Aero Mechanics High School in Detroit.  In 1959, Joseph joined the US Army, and was stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri.  In 1961, he married Sally, and later they moved to O’Fallon, Missouri and raised two children. 

Joseph worked at McDonnell Douglas in 1964 to design and engineer parts for military and commercial aircraft, like the F-4 Phantom, F-15 Eagle, F-18 Hornet, and commercial jets like the MD-80, and MD-90. 

In 1988, Northrop Aerospace and Defense acquired a contract for Joseph to move his family to California and help finish the B-2 stealth bomber. Later, in Philadelphia, it was the V-22 Osprey, and in the Appalachain Mountains of West Virginia he contributed to the development of rocket engines.  In Everett, he played a pivotal role in designing prominent aircraft like the Boeing 737-600, 747-800, 767-400 and the revolutionary 787 Dreamliner.  With 65 years of fabricating, design and engineering, contracting had placed Joseph on 13-different assignments in 9-states around the US, and Montréal, Québec, Canada.

While enjoying his retirement, at the age of 79, Joseph earned his associate degree in engineering.  And at the age of 81, Joseph was called back to St. Louis to work a contract for GKN Aerospace, in the same building he started some 60 years earlier.  Joseph’s return prompted his peers to now call him "The Legend", and he worked for another 3 years before returning with Sally back to California to retire again. 

But, the day before Joseph would pass, another call came in for "The Legend" to return to St. Louis with another contract in the aviation and aerospace industry.

God had other plans for Joseph returning to St. Louis.  Although he will receive full military honors at his final resting place, we believe God has blessed us to fly back to St. Louis as a family with Joseph, on the same “Sweetheart Flight” with his Sweetheart of 62 years.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 18, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Kassly Mortuary, Ltd., Fairview Heights, IL.

Visitation will also be held on Monday, February 19, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. at Kassly Mortuary, Ltd., Fairview Heights, IL. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, February 19, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Church, Caseyville, IL. Interment will follow at Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

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February 18, 2024

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Kassly Mortuary, Ltd (Fairvew Heights)

February 19, 2024

9:00 AM to 10:40 AM
Kassly Mortuary, Ltd (Fairvew Heights)

Mass of Christian Burial
February 19, 2024

11:00 AM
St. Stephen Catholic Church
901 South Main St.
Caseyville, il 62232


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