Richard Cosgrove

Richard R. Cosgrove, 85, died June 30, 2024 after battling dementia for numerous years.

A visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 12, 2024 at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 310 1st Ave. N, Clear Lake. A Prayer Service will follow beginning at 6 p.m.

Family will have a private graveside service at Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City.

Uncle, as he was known by many, was born in Algona, Iowa on March 9, 1939. Uncle lived many places throughout his childhood but called North Iowa his home. He enlisted in the United States Air Force at 17 years of age, then served his country for 26 years. Two campaigns were served in Vietnam. Uncle retired with the rank of Master Sergeant in the communications field, 14 of those years were with foreign service. Uncle went on to finish his working career with the United States Postal Service after dedicating 21 years. 

Uncle married the love of his life Shitsue Kamishima in 1971. Aunt June was native Japanese and they embraced that culture living many years overseas until finally settling in Sacramento, Calif. They were married for 38 years until her death in 2009. 

Upon moving to Clear Lake due to his worsening dementia, a close knit tribe was formed around him. The love and support he received during his journey was provided by this tribe. Uncle loved his canine companion Oliver, a feisty miniature schnauzer. 

Those left to cherish memories of Uncle are nieces and nephews, Christine Oehlert, Randy Olson, Justin Olson, Jason Olson and Samantha Olson; 14 great nieces and nephews; seven great-great nieces and nephews; special friends to Uncle include Chelsea Korf, Matthew Welter Jr., Nellie Adams, and Braelyn Hanson. 

Richard was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Shitsue; sister, Susan; and his brother, Billy.

Ward Van Slyke is in charge of arrangements.


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