Warren Reynolds Cozby, Sr.


Warren Reynolds Cozby passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2016, in China Spring. Visitation will be Tuesday, June 21st from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with services on Wednesday, June 22nd at 10 a.m., also at the Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend, Waco. Burial that afternoon at the Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger, Texas.
Warren was born July 27, 1917 in Kansas City, Missouri to Warren A. and Mary Frances Atteberry Cozby. He graduated from Ranger High School, Ranger, Texas in 1934 and Ranger Junior College in 1936. In 1937 he joined the CCC’s and served in New Mexico. After his CCC camp closed in November 1941, he became an Aviation Cadet. He was in flight training class, 43-D, and when he finished in April 1942 he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, in the Army Air Corps. Afterwards he was sent to the Europe with the 482nd Bomb Group, Pathfinder, as a Co-pilot of a B-17F. He was shot down over Chevincourt, five miles NE of Compiegne, France, on June 5, 1943, where he became a Prisoner of War with six other members of his crew. Afterwards he was sent to Stalag Luft 1 Barth Vogelsang, Prussia 54. At the end of the war he was liberated by the Russians and then returned to the American lines.
After the war he entered Southern Methodist University and graduated in 1948 with a Bachelor Degree from the Cox School of Business. Then he re-enters the United States Air Force where he served as a Supply Officer, and retired as a Major on April 30, 1965. While in the United States Air Force he served in Texas, England, Hawaii, Louisiana, Saudi Arabia, Idaho, and retired in Waco, Texas with twenty years of service. After coming to Waco in 1961, he became a member of the Masonic Lodge, Fidelis 1127, and Scottish Rite Bodies 32 Deg, KCCH, York Rite and was a Past Patron McLennan No. 639, OES. He also joins the Waco Kiwanis Seniors on Sep. 23, 1992 and served as treasurer for the Waco Association of Retarded Children. After retiring, he worked as an Insurance Salesman for Prudential, as a Quality Control inspector for A.O. Smith, and a teacher’s aide at Texas State Technical Collage. He also sold real estate for several years. He also joined The National Society, Sons of the American Revolution on Dec. 5, 2002. He and his wife were members of the Central United Methodist Church for over fifty years.
Warren married his wife Lilian Cozby of seventy years, on Jan. 20, 1946, in Ranger, Texas. He is survived by his wife Lilian Cozby, six of his seven children: Jean Treadwell of Edgewater, FL; Mary Dill of Memphis, TN; Robert Cozby of Winneconne, WI; Warren Cozby, Jr. of Waco, TX; Oliver and Dana Cozby of Forth Worth, TX; and Ceci Hanson of Round Rock, TX. He is also survived by twelve grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren, a sister-in-law: Flo Baughman of Conroe, TX and her two sons, Chris and Charlie Baughman, and a niece Linda Patton of Austin, TX.

Contact Information:

Lake Shore Funeral Home & Cremation Services

5201 Steinbeck Bend Dr
Waco, TX 76708
United States (US)
Phone: (254) 752-5900

Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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Condolence Messages

  1. Lillian and family, I am so sorry to read about Warren’s passing. You are in my prayers.

  2. Nancy Yankie Sidarous

    My heartfelt condolences are extended to you upon the loss of an extraordinary man, father and example of who and what a man should be. His personal contributions, achievements and hardships during his military career are to be admired, remembered and appreciated by all of us. God be with you as you deal with this loss and especially for your dear Mother. And to Bob, your parents are indeed very special people and I remember them with sincere admiration. My heart goes out to each of you as I know Mr. Cozby’s place in your life will be impossible to fill. Kind thoughts and prayers be with you all. Nancy

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