Joseph Cogut, a man who dedicated his life to his career and family, passed away on January 10, 2024, in Gardena, California. He was surrounded by immense love from his beloved wife of 62 years, Sarah Margaret Cogut, as well as his daughter Denise Jeannette Cogut and son Louis Joseph Cogut.
Joseph was born on February 25, 1937, in Caro, Michigan. From a young age, he demonstrated a passion for engineering. He pursued his education at Aero Mechanics High School in Detroit and later achieved an Associates degree in Engineering at the remarkable age of 79. His dedication to learning and self-improvement was truly inspiring.
Throughout his life, Joseph worked diligently in various roles within the engineering field. His expertise and commitment were highly regarded by all those who had the privilege of working alongside him. Joseph's career soared to great heights as he contributed significantly to the construction of various aircraft utilized in military operations. His invaluable involvement in projects such as the B-2 bomber, V-22 Osprey, F-4 Phantom, F-18 Hornet, and F-15 Eagle showcased his masterful skills and unwavering commitment to innovation. He also played a pivotal role in designing prominent commercial aircraft like the Boeing 747-800, 767-400, and the revolutionary 787 Dreamliner. His remarkable contributions will continue to shape future generations of aircraft designers for years to come.
Before embarking on his illustrious career in aviation, Joseph selflessly served his country in the United States Army for six years. He rose through the ranks, ultimately achieving the esteemed position of Specialist 4. His military service not only exemplified his dedication to his country but also provided him with invaluable experiences that influenced his subsequent pursuits.
Beyond his professional endeavors, Joseph was known for his outstanding personality. Possessing great wit and intelligence, he had an incredible ability to captivate others with gripping narratives. Joseph's stories transported listeners into fascinating worlds filled with awe-inspiring adventures.
Moreover, his generosity and caring nature touched countless lives. Always ready to lend a helping hand or offer support to those in need, Joseph was cherished by friends and loved ones alike. His enduring legacy extends far beyond his achievements in the realm of aircraft design.
Outside of work, Joseph found immense joy in spending time with his family. His wife Sarah was not only his beloved partner but also his cherished travel companion for over six decades. Together they explored countless destinations and created memories that will forever be treasured. Joseph was also an adoring father to Denise Jeannette Cogut and Louis Joseph Cogut. He instilled in them values of perseverance, compassion, and continuous learning. His unconditional love and unwavering support served as their guiding light throughout their lives.
His granddaughter Allyson Schenk-Watson and grandson-in-law Cody Watson held a special place in Joseph's heart. He found immense pride in their accomplishments and cherished their presence, just as they cherished the invaluable wisdom and love he shared with them.
In addition to his immediate family, Joseph is survived by his brother Theodore (Ted) Cogut of Tucson, AZ, his brother Larry Cogut of Glen Allen, VA, and the countless friends he made over the years. He was preceded in death by his parents: Louis Cogut and Mary Evanish (Iwanisz) and his siblings: Virginia Martin, Annie Casaday, Delores Gary, Angeline Pierce, William (Bill) Cogut, and Carolyn Cogut. He deeply valued the bond they shared and the memories they created at the family reunions in Michigan.
Joseph's legacy will continue to inspire all those whose lives he touched. His determination and resilience remind us that it is never too late to pursue our dreams and make a positive impact on the world. He will be deeply missed but forever remembered for his kindness, wisdom, and unwavering love.
A visitation service will be held on January 20, 2024, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at Forest Lawn - Long Beach in Long Beach, CA. The address for the service is as follows: 1500 East San Antonio Drive, Long Beach, CA 90807.
Joseph Cogut's departure has left a void in our lives; however, we take comfort in knowing that his spirit lives on through the memories we shared with him. May he rest in eternal peace.
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