Louis Cosner


March 29, 2017


Louis Cosner

Louis Homer Cosner was born on May 10, 1946 in Goldendale to Mary (McKillip) and Clinton Cosner. He passed into his Lord's arms on March 9, 2017 in The Dalles, Oregon.

The oldest of four children, he attended Centerville Grade School through 8th grade, then Goldendale High School. He grew up on the family ranch/farm in Centerville and then met his wife of 47 years, Patricia Schnebly of Ellensburg, Washington, at W.S.U. in Pullman, Washington. They married in Ellensburg in 1969. Then Louie's draft number came up for Vietnam and he prepared to leave. Thankfully, Uncle Sam rejected him due to his "flat feet" and then they moved to Yakima where he worked for the USDA for 2 and a half years. Louie then convinced Trish to move to Centerville where he ranched and farmed for the next 40 plus years of his life, first with his father and later with his son, Kurt. He raised registered Angus Cattle, winning Klickitat County's "Cattleman of the Year" with his brother and father, Clint, in 1981. He farmed dryland wheat and alfalfa hay, which he sold to dairy farmers on the coast. He learned from his father and passed on his ranching/farming knowledge to his son, Kurt.

Louie loved watching his beloved W.S.U. Cougars play any sport, especially football. He attended any bowl game they made it to as well as taking his R.V. up to Coug games. As a season ticket holder for more than 20 years, he rarely missed a game (except occasionally during hunting season). He loved watching the Mariners, Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers. He cried when the Trailblazers won the NBA championship, when his Cougs made the two Rose Bowls and when his Seahawks finally won a Super Bowl. He loved his sports teams, but none more than his own two children's sporting events! He supported and cheered them on with every sport they played and was fully involved in their 4-H (then FFA) steers at the Klickitat County Fair and the Toppenish Livestock Show every year.

He loved traveling with his family and although always reluctant to travel to new places (or leave the ranch), afterwards you'd have thought he came up with the idea himself-but we all knew it was Mom's idea (and she gave him no choice!). Mexico and the Big Island of Hawai'i were two of his favorite destinations. A few years back, Mom finally talked him into buying a condo on the Big Island. Sadly, due to his quickly deteriorating health, they did not get to enjoy enough years at the condo in Waikoloa Village. Another great memory is that he was always willing to take the "road less traveled" when taking road trips. He would even let his kids choose "non-freeway" roads on road trips-you cannot believe some of the amazing things we saw on these "side roads!" He was not in a hurry to get from point A to point B, and these little side adventures sure added to our trips (I am not sure Mom always agreed!).

He loved hunting with his hunting buddies (and, boy, you should have seen those hunting camps!), camping with family, hiking, skiing, picking huckleberries and just being outdoors. He loved trips to the cabin in the Simcoes and the annual trip to the "Huckleberry Patch" to pick berries near Mt. Adams. Dad taught us about hard work and he never got too mad when we screwed up on the tractor or the feed truck-and believe me, there were some royal mess ups! He adored his four grandsons and loved watching them run around and wrestle. He would have LOVED to watch them grow up and play sports, too! When we were younger, we always spent time with extended family on the farm. It was truly a great way to grow up.

He knew no strangers and made friends wherever he traveled and went. He wore his Coug gear everywhere and was always prepared with a loud "GO COUGS" when he saw a fellow fan. He also loved to golf. Making time to golf in the summer for a farmer is never easy, but it was something that relaxed him. He and Mom loved their little Goldendale Golf Club and bragged about it far and wide.

He is survived by his wife Trish Cosner; his son Kurt (and Barb) Cosner of Centerville; his daughter Heidi (and Casey) Fox of Kennewick, Washington; and his four grandsons, C.J. and Bo Fox, and Trace and Nate Cosner. He is also survived by his two sisters Susan Baxter and Gail Nall of Redding, California and his brother Bob Cosner of Athena, Oregon, as well as numerous nephews and nieces. He is preceded in death by his parents, Clint and Mary Cosner.

Dad's last years were tough and his descent into his diseases rapid. We want to thank the loving caregivers at Guardian Angel Home in Richland, Washington for taking such good care of him over the last few years. We also greatly appreciate all those family and friends who made the effort to reach out and include my parents while things were rough. His legacy will live on in his remaining family and the fifth-generation ranch/farm in Centerville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Centerville Grange or Presby Museum.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at New Life Assembly of God Church in Goldendale. To send condolences to the Cosner family, please visit http://www.gardnerfh.com.


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