Steve Cogburn of Holyoke, Co, passed away Monday, September 12th, after a six month battle with Multiple Myeloma cancer. He left us while in UC Health Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, CO.
Steven Wayne Cogburn was born in Greeley, CO to Charlie and Joan Cogburn on June 27, 1952, he was 70 years old at the time of his death. He graduated from Valley High School, where he was a proud member of the Valley High band, in 1970. Steve’s love of music continued throughout his life and one of his most treasured possessions was his vast vinyl record collection. He remained around Gilcrest, CO for a few years after graduation and attended NJC in Sterling, CO before being drafted in 1972. He joined the Air Force the day he reported for the draft and served in Michigan, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
After discharge, he returned to Colorado and farmed with his family for 9 years in Yuma county between Holyoke and Wray. He met the love of his life, Marcia (Ewald) Peckham in 1983 and asked her to marry him at a Broncos game in October of that year. They were married on March 2, 1984 and spent the next year on the farm. They moved into Holyoke in 1985 and Steve went to work as a service truck driver (tires) and auto parts counterman at Stickney's Inc. until they went out of business in 1986. Steve and Marcia then moved to Denver to find work in September of that year where he went to work for Parts Inc. Warehouse as an order taker. Later he became manager of their parts stores in Aurora, CO. In 1987 Steve became auto parts manager for Parker Automotive.
The couple then moved back to Holyoke in 1988 where he managed a mobile home park for a year before going work for Scholl Oil managing their service center. In 1996 he began managing the Holyoke NAPA store. In 1997 Steve went to work rebuilding old school buses to haul hogs for D&D farms in Holyoke & Wray. In 1999 he went to work for the Big A store (later to become CARQUEST), and from 2001-2014 Steve worked managing Sullivan’s Appliance.
He left the appliance store in 2014 and worked part time as an opener for a local fast food place making breakfast burritos. He did this until 2017 when Marcia’s health took a serious turn. He spent several hours a day caring for her in the nursing home when he wasn’t able to care for her at home. Steve continued his unwavering care for Marcia until her death in October of 2020. Steve was her lone care giver for the last year and she was in his arms when she passed on October 16 of that year. After Marcia’s death, Steve was sought after and recruited to start a grief counseling group which he eventually did and was revered for being great at it.
Steve was the ultimate care giver, never asking for help for himself. Unfortunately, in March of this year he received the cancer diagnosis which was complicated with heart and kidney failure. He fought the disease until his passing on September 12th. He asked as little as he could of others during this time as to not be a burden on anyone. He will be remembered fondly for the care he gave others and the selflessness he displayed during his time of need.
Steve now joins his father, Charlie and his wife Marcia in Heaven. Those left to miss him and his laughter are; his mother, Joan, his three sisters, Diana Cogburn (Willie), Vicky Fillinger (Chris), and Kim Cogburn, his two step sons, Brent Peckham (Sherrie) and Todd Peckham, and, his beloved pups, Oso and Ariel, along with many other family and friends including aunts and uncles, and numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, step grand children, and great step grand children.
Funeral service to be held Monday, September 26 at 2pm at the First Baptist Church in Holyoke, Co. Inurnment immediately following at Holyoke Cemetery.