WARREN REYNOLDS COZBY, SR., 98, passed away on
June 14, 2016, in China Spring, TX, with burial in
Evergreen Cemetery at Ranger, TX.
Warren was born July 27, 1917 in Kansas City, MO to
Warren A. and Mary Frances Atteberry Cozby. He
graduated from Ranger High School at Ranger, TX in
1934 & Ranger Jr. College in 1936. In 1937 he joined
the CCC's and served in New Mexico. After his CCC
camp closed in Nov. of 1941, he became an Aviation
Cadet. He was in flight training class, 43-D, and
when he finished in 1942, he was commissioned a
Second Lieutenant, in the Army Air Corps. Afterwards
he was sent to the Europe with the 482nd Bomb Group,
Pathfinder, as a Co-pilot of a B-17F. He was shot
down over Chevincourt, five miles NE of Compiegne,
France in 1943, where he became a Prisoner of War
with six other members of his crew. Afterwards he
was sent to Stalag Luft 1 Barth Vogelsang, Prussia
54. At the end of the war he was liberated by the
Russians and then returned to the American lines.
After the war he entered Southern Methodist University
and graduated in 1948 with a Bachelor Degree from the
Cox School of Business. Then he re-enters the U.S. Air
Force where he served as a Supply Officer, and retired
as a Major in 1965. While in the U.S. Air Force he
served in Texas, England, Hawaii, Louisiana, Saudi
Arabia, Idaho, and retired in Waco, TX with twenty
years of service. After coming to Waco in 1961, he
became a member of the Masonic Lodge, Fidelis 1127,
and Scottish Rite Bodies 32 Deg, KCCH, York Rite and
was a Past Patron McLennan No. 639, OES. He also joins
the Waco Kiwanis Seniors in 1992 and served as treasurer
for the Waco Association of Retarded Children.
After retiring, he worked as an Insurance Salesman for
Prudential, as a Quality Control inspector for A.O.
Smith, and a teacher's aide at Texas State Technical
Collage. He also sold real estate for several years.
He also joined The National Society, Sons of the American
Revolution in 2002. He and his wife were members of the
Central United Methodist Church for over fifty years.
Warren married his wife Lilian Ashcraft (RHS-1945) of
seventy years, in Jan. of 1946 at Ranger.
He is survived by his wife Lilian Cozby, six of his
seven children: Jean Treadwell of Edgewater, FL; Mary
Dill of Memphis, TN; Robert Cozby of Winneconne, WI;
Warren Cozby, Jr. of Waco, TX; Oliver and Dana Cozby
of Forth Worth, TX; and Ceci Hanson of Round Rock, TX.
He is also survived by twelve grandchildren & fifteen
great-grandchildren, a sister-in-law: Flo Ashcraft
Baughman (RHS-1951) of Conroe, TX and her two sons,
Chris & Charlie Baughman, and a niece Linda Patton of