Dean E. Coglan, 85, of North Liberty, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, under the care of Mercy Hospice in Iowa City.
A time of gathering for family and friends to celebrate Dean’s life was held Nov. 5 at the West Liberty Country Club. A private family committal service was held at Ridgewood Cemetery in North Liberty. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Iowa City Hospice or Mercy Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to Dean’s family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.
Dean Eldon Coglan, son of Byron and Irene (Carson) Coglan, was born Sept. 30, 1927. He attended country school (Penn #3) near North Liberty, and later City High in Iowa City. On Sept. 15, 1946, Dean married Betty Stagg of West Liberty, in Iowa City. Together they made rural North Liberty home and began their family. Later in life they would winter in Florida, but always made their way back home for the summer. Dean was an avid pilot and enjoyed flying his own plane. He also participated in the Navy pre-flight training program in Iowa City. He was a talented, lifelong musician and played jazz trumpet in several local bands. He often played “Taps” as a final honor for veterans at their funerals. Dean was known for his infectious personality, witty sense of humor and colorful anecdotes.
His family includes his wife, Betty; children, Larry (Carol) Coglan of Lone Tree, Linda (Francis “X”) Cretzmeyer of Coralville; and Laura Coglan of Blue River, Wis., and sister, Shirley (William) Schmelzer of Pinnconning, Mich.; grandchildren, Daniel (Jillian) and Mark (Star) Coglan and Angie (Travis) Axeen, Sarah and Matthew Cretzmeyer and great-grandchildren Daniel (Jillian) and Mark (Star) Coglan and Angie (Travis) Axeen, Sarah and Matthew Cretzmeyer and great-grandchildren, Michael and Amanda Coglan and Annie, Sam and Lucy Axeen.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Brian Cretzmeyer.
Dean’s family wishes to thank Mercy Hospice and Iowa City Hospice for their care and support.