- 87 years old
- Date of birth: Nov 9, 1928
- Place of birth:
Long Beach, California, United States
- Date of passing: Apr 14, 2016
- Place of passing:
Poulsbo, Washington, United States
|Let the memory of Dad/Don/Grandpa be with us forever!|
My name is Joel Coggins
Son of Connie Lou and Charles Coggins
I wanted to share my thoughts
They say a picture is worth a thousand words.
So if you would close your eyes and take a deep breath. Think of Grandpa and hold that picture in your mind. Think of that perfect picture of both Grandma and Grandpa. Think of all the great memories.
What if today was the greatest day you've ever had
what if this changed your life
what if you loved your family more
what if that sickness in your body was healed
what if you never were sick again
what if you pay all your bills on time
What if you never worried about money again
what if you were happy
what if everyone you met wanted to help out
what if you got a promotion
What if you forgave everyone
what if you were kinder to people.
What if you put others first
What if you noticed things
what if you were polite
what if you never said " I can't afford that"
What if you never said " I can't "
What if you never drank again
What if you never gave in to addiction again
What if I told you that you can't lose
What if every setback was a set up for success
what if you changed your confessions
what if you stopped being negative
what if you tried
what if you put in the time
what if you invested money instead of spending it
What if I told you today that you had a weapon inside of you
You had a force inside you so strong
So powerful that it could change your circumstance and all that your going face
What if I told you had something in your spirit not attached to how good you are but how great He is
It's not attached to how qualified you are or how long you've been in church
But automatically given to those who love Jesus
What if I could convince you that whatever you put your hands will prosper.
What if you knew that you are the head and never the tail.
What if you knew that you are more than a conquer
What if you really knew what you were capable of accomplishing
What if I could convince you that your praise can be a problem for your problem.
What if I told you that you can't die
But only go from life to life
The bible says its appointed one time for a man to die. That is the day Grandpa truly died. He gave his life to Jesus. He was born again and from that day forward he lived.
Sure it's a sad day here on earth for us. But this man lived a life with very few "what if" moments.
He was kind
He was not selfish
He was merciful
He was a scientist
He was a teacher
He was a student
He was a friend
He was a husband
He was a father
He was a grandfather
He was a great grandfather
He was adventurous
He was a musician
These are things that we can associate with
But what he really was, was a child of God
He had a call of God on his life
The bible says “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.
Proverbs 13:22 NKJV
What I have inherited from grandpa was passed down through my mother and father
That inheritance is that I know what the love of God is and I know who I am in Christ.
I will continue to pass this knowledge on to my kids and and grandkids
I'd like to close with this famous quote .
"If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together...there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think, but the most important thing is, even if we're apart...I'll always be with you.” -( Winnie the Pooh)
from Joel Coggins"
"Dear Super Grandpa!
Do you remember coming to Oklahoma for my wedding? You were going to play the prelude music and my organist got sick. It was a mad scrabble to find my music I wanted for my bridesmaids and my entrance, but SUPER Grandpa came to the rescue!!! It was so special having you play. I would not have wished for it to be any different. I remember dad and I standing at the door waiting for the wedding to start and you were playing "Surely the Presence of the Lord is in this place" dad looked at me and said listen! We heard that melody and it was the perfect moment and the perfect song. Thank you for that special gift.
I remember the 1st time Sarah and I got to fly on a plane to come visit you in Illinois. That will forever be one of our favorite childhood memories. You and Grandma presented us with Mickey Mouse watches one morning at breakfast. I guess we were officially initiated! :) I am and was a big "Calamity Jane" fan. In the movie, Calamity Jane goes to chicago she calls it chicaggie and comes back and sings a song about it telling all the guys in the saloon. Sarah and I had fun singing "I just flew in from the windy city the windy city is mighty perr-ty, but they aint got what I've got no sir ree."
I was just telling my husband about being at your home in Polusbo and going running. I was on my last leg of my run and here you come on your bike. You road beside me and helped me complete my run. We chated a bit. I told you I was thinking about doing my Master's. I wasn't sure if I should get my MBA or what I should do? You told me "It doesn't really matter what you get it in, just get it!" I ended up completing my Masters in Human Relations in December of 2013. I loved every minute of my program. Thank you for always setting such a wonderful example for us on the value of education.
Grandpa you have been the best grandpa any girl can ask for. I have enjoyed singing with you, going on walks, your sweet patient presence, going to the beach, getting in the hot tub at night under the Poulsbo sky, most of all your hugs and kisses. Thank you for your generosity towards my family and your love. We are so proud of all your accomplishments and the man you are. You will forever be Super-grandpa to me!
"We remember Don --such an amazing man! Always so full of life. We loved every visit to Poulso and staying with our dear Chicago friends over the years. Such wonderful fellowship with Don and Ginny. We know how he has missed her and rejoice they are together again. Our love and sympathy to their family. With love, Herb and Sue Hausmann"
"I loved Don! He had an amazing singing voice; great range, tender phrasing; it was a joy to sing with him! I loved watching him care for Ginny and seeing how much they absolutely loved each other! As much as we miss them both, I am happy to know that they are finally reunited in spirit in heaven; Don missed Ginny so much! Don had a great sense of humor too. Thankful for my time with Don, I will miss him dearly."
"To All of Don's family: I am so sorry for your loss; it is a very hard time for you all. I met Don only once out of all the years I have been good friends with his sister, Lou Ann. We met when we were 16 years old and still see each other and talk on the phone. So I do feel I know the family as Lou always talked about them. Again, you have my condolences.
"To all the family: So sad to share your loss.
What a gentle spirit and dedicated Choral member.
We loved singing for him and you all on that sunday.
Blessings to all of you.
"I remember Don's gentle smiles radiate as we sang in Chorale. What a lovely spirit!"
"My thoughts and prayers are with your family. It was such a delight for several of us from the Chorale to sing for him in his final days."
"My sympathy goes out to all the family of Don and Ginny Baudrand. Their friendship is irreplaceable. I have enjoyed meeting and knowing their family so very much. Don was an extraordinary person. He was so very gifted and shared his gifts with generosity. I will miss him very much."
"I am sorry to read that Don has passed. What a wonderful man. I always loved talking to Don. He was interesting intellectually and he was so interested in what others were doing also. He will be greatly missed!"
"It's difficult to believe that Don and Ginny are no longer here. Both of them were such a wonderful part of my life. Don's life exemplifies all the good things in life. He loved the beauty in nature, art, music, family, and especially the church. He generously shared his talents with everyone. He will be greatly missed. He leaves a wonderful legacy of family. My sadness is only temporary as I am looking to reunite in heaven with both Don and Ginny."
"We are so sorry to hear of your dad's passing, Connie. We know he was ready and we rejoice that he's in heaven, welcomed by Jesus along with your mother and other family members! However, it's never easy letting go of those you love so dearly. So many wonderful memories! I don't know if I (Karin) ever met your dad...i think so, but regardless, the qualities I see in you are certainly there because of your parents' love and training, impartations, etc. Then God developed those same wonderful qualities, matured and refined them into a precious woman of God who demonstrates His love so profoundly. I know your earthly dad must be very proud of you, just as your Heavenly Father is! We pray and surround you with the Comforter's peace as you continue on this path, knowing you are deeply loved and cared for!"
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