(Nov. 17, 2007)
Robert (Bob) Thornton Coguill, 70, of Greybull, died peacefully Saturday, Nov. 17 at Powell Valley Hospital from complications associated with diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.
Memorial services will be Friday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Atwood Family Chapel in Greybull. The Rev. Phil Grovenstein will officiate.
Bob was born in Greybull Oct. 26, 1937, to Thornton and Catherine (Bennett) Coguill. He was schooled in Worland, Frannie and Greybull. He struck out on his own at age 14, doing odd jobs around Greybull, then convinced the BLM he was old enough to work for them when he was 17 and spent several years building stock ponds in the hills.
He pumped crude oil from under the Greybull refinery before joining the Army at Uncle Sam’s request in 1960.
Prior to leaving for military service, he married Sue Carole Wamhoff of Emblem on May 1, 1960. He served in Korea until 1962, returning to Emblem to his wife and 13-month-old son. After his discharge, he entered the carpentry trade and worked for the next 30 years, building homes and businesses in Greybull, Shell, Cody and surrounding communities. Toward the end of his career, he worked for MI Dresser and the REA until rheumatoid arthritis forced an early retirement.
Bob was an avid team roper, and he even did a little alfalfa farming on the side to support his hobby. He was becoming an enthusiastic golfer before the arthritis intervened, but it did not deter his interest in the game. Bob enjoyed the company of friends at ropings, golf matches, horse racing and poker tournaments.
His greatest pleasure came from his children, grandchildren and, of course, his faithful companion, Gunner. Bob and Sue had one daughter, two sons and six grandchildren. He was attentive to his kids all his life, and even with his disability, he never missed an opportunity to see one of his grandkids perform at a rodeo, horse show or athletic event. He liked nothing better than to get the entire clan together for a weekend of camping in the Big Horns.
Survivors include his wife of 47 1/2 years, Sue of Emblem; his sons, Scott (Ronda) and children Jill and Olivia of Butte, Mont., and Roger (Sina) and children Ashley and Lyle of Powell; his daughter, Amy Love (David) and children Sara and Trent of Gillette; his sister and her husband, Bonnie and Dale Sims of Cody; a special cousin, Pat Shepard; his new found Scotland relatives; and many more cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Ray.
Immediately following Friday services, a reception for family and friends will be held at the Elks Lodge in Greybull. The family would appreciate memorials to be received at Big Horn Federal Savings Bank, P.O. Box 471, Greybull, WY 82426.
Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.