David Eldon “Rooster” Cogdill joined Our Lord August 28, 2015 at the age of 54. David was born on March 26, 1961 to Homer and Ruth (Anderson) Cogdill in Turtle Lake, North Dakota.
The family moved to Colstrip, MT when Dave was 7 years old. At the age of 13, he began working for various ranches such as: Hugh Broadus, the Paddlock Ranch in Hardin, and Janet McDonald. David loved working with horses and continued doing this line of work until he joined the Laborers Union in 1992, where he worked until his time of passing.
Dave married Vivian in 2003 and gained a large family that absolutely loved and adored him. He was one of those people who would walk into a room and you instantly felt the positive energy of his person. He was always thinking of ways to put his energy to use. Dave loved all animals. Horses were his favorite as he was a true cowboy. He loved riding horses, fishing, hiking, skiing, rodeos, playing cribbage, and everything he did in life. Dave was a person who would help anyone with anything and never expect anything in return. Wherever Rooster went he would run into someone he knew. He had been to so many places and had met so many people and always made and instant friendship with them. One of Dave’s gifts in life was his ability to tell a story and have everyone around him laughing.
Dave is survived by his wife, Vivian; children: Rashell (Warren) Scheeler of Miles City, Dustin Berdahl of Bozeman, Chavis (Becky) Berdahl of Forsyth, Rajean (Malcolm) of Jordan and Chance (Alysha) Sprague of North Carolina; there are nine grandchildren, or as Dave would refer to them, “hairballs”; his mother Ruth Watson of Forsyth; his sisters: Cathy Mertz of Minot, North Dakota, Cleo Shea of Billings, Clenora (Gary) Quinlan of Forsyth; and his brothers: Darwin Cogdill of Colstrip and Iver (Julie) Cogdill of Billings. He also has nieces and nephews.
Dave was preceded in death by his father, Homer Cogdill, brother-in-Law Dan Shea, and a nephew Wesley Mertz.
Dave, you will be missed by all, because to know you was to love you. May God welcome you with open arms.
A visitation will be held from 12:00-5:00 pm on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Forsyth. Funeral Services will be on Friday, September 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm in the Chapel of the Funeral Home. Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and condolences may be sent to www.stevensonandsons.com