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Ray LaVern Cosens Ray LaVern Cosens
(January 27, 1930 - June 16, 2012)

Ray L. Cosens, age 82, passed away after a life well lived on June 16, 2012 at the family home in Clinton, MO. Ray was born in Prescott, KS., to Guy and Ellen Cosens on January 27, 1930. He was raised on the family farm near Mound City, KS., along with his six brothers and sisters, and graduated from Mound City High School in 1947.

Ray married the first love of his life, Alma West in 1951, in Mound City, KS. Two children were born to this union, Ronald LaVern and Kimberly Sue. Alma died unexpectedly in 1961. In 1964 Ray was lucky enough to marry the second love of his life, Barbara LaBounty Hunter, who brought two children to join the family, Rodney Dean and Ronda Faye. The family was complete when Curtis Ray was born in 1965.

Ray proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. When he returned from Korea, he went back to his job as plant helper at the Hawthorne Plant with Kansas City Power and Light. Ray retired from KCP&L as an electrician from the Montrose Power Plant after 42 years of service in 1992. Ray and Barbara would raise their large family on Cherokee Street in a home largely built by them, and where Ray resided till his death.

Ray was a long-time member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton, MO. where he served in numerous capacities over the years. Ray was also active in his sons' Boy Scout troop activities and was a member of the American Legion. He received the Edison Electric Light Institute's Resuscitation Award Medal for helping save the life of a co-worker.

Ray was a wonderful father and grandfather, a gentle soul, who loved children and rarely had an unkind word to say about anyone. He took care of his family and taught them by example the ethics of hard work and discipline. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, his wives, Alma and Barbara, brother, Loren Cosens, and sister Sue Breyfogle. He leaves behind to celebrate his life his children Ronald and wife Jolene, Clinton, MO., Kimberly and hsband Matthew, Nixa, MO., Rodney and wife Shirley, Clinton, MO., Ronda Hunter, Crowley, TX., and Curtis and wife Patricia, Clinton, MO.; eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Clinton, Missouri with burial in Englewood Cemetery, Clinton. Family will receive friends one hour before the service on Wednesday at the church. Family suggests memorial contributions to the Trinity Lutheran Church or Twin Lakes Hospice and may be left at Vansant-Mills Funeral Home. Fond memories may be left online at

Services have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home of Clinton, Missouri.