Larry Lee Cogley

October 1, 1946 ~ May 12, 2021 (age 74)


Larry Lee Cogley, 74, of Bruin, went to be with the Lord at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening, May 12, 2021 while in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving family.

Larry was born in Butler on October 1, 1946.  He was the son of the late Culberson John “Cub” and Valjean Ruth Gray Cogley.

He was a 1964 graduate of Karns City Area High School.  He was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran and had attained top security clearance transcribing morse code for the Army Security Agency.

In his early years he had been employed by Country Bell Dairy in Butler as a milkman.  Larry retired as a lab technician from INDSPEC in Petrolia following more than 35 years of service.  In his early years he had attended the Bruin Methodist Church.  He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, most recently his Can-Am Spyder.  He also enjoyed bicycling and taking walks with his nieces, nephews, and the neighborhood kids.  Larry was very generous with his time and was always ready, willing, and able to help anyone in need.

He is survived by his wife, Rosella Caecilia Jezewski Cogley, whom he married at Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church in Aliquippa on December 17, 1966.  Also surviving are two sons, Larry L. “Babas” Cogley Jr. and his husband, Paul Ruszcynski, of Provincetown, Mass. and Christopher A. “Chris” Cogley and his wife, Courtney, of Fredonia; two grandchildren, Ethan Gabriel and Joshua Andrew Cogley; three sisters, Linda L. Milliren and her husband, Robert L. “Bob” of Bruin, Sally S. Henry and her husband, Patrick “Rick” of Keller, TX, and Sheri L. Smith and her husband, Kevin P., of Bruin, as well as a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and friends.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Ray.

Friends will be received at the Hile Funeral Home of Karns City, 128 Main St., Karns City, from 3 – 6 p.m. Sunday.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. Monday at Mater Dolorosa Roman Catholic Church in Chicora, with Rev. Louis Pascazi, Senior Parochial Vicar of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, officiating.  Military honors will be accorded at the church by members of the Chicora and Brady’s Bend American Legion Posts.  Interment will follow in Bear Creek Cemetery, Petrolia.  Memorial contributions may be made to VNA of Western PA, 154 Hindman Rd., Butler, PA 16001.  Condolences may be sent by visiting

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