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Luther "Allen" Cosner

January 26, 1935 April 30, 2019
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Luther Allen Cosner, 84, a resident of Elkins, passed from this life, April 30, 2019, at home surrounded by his loving family and under the excellent care of Mountain Hospice.

Allen was born on Saturday, January 26, 1935, in Wildell, a son of the late Luther “Jake” Cosner and Elda Mae Phares Cosner. On April 21, 1962, in Elkins, he was married to the former Lynda Louise Vanscoy, who survives. They had celebrated 57 years of marriage.

Also left to cherish Allen’s memory are two children, Bradley Allen Cosner and Kathy of Elkins and Christena Louise Cosner Malcomb and Andy of Valley Bend, a sister, Janet Kerens of Struthers, OH, a brother, Harold “Bud” Cosner and wife, Helen of Elkins, brothers-in-law whom he regarded as brothers, Murrell Vanscoy and wife, Kathy of Lewistown, OH, Willard Vanscoy and wife, Charlotte, of Fairmont, and Willis Vanscoy and wife, Brenda of Elkins, a sister-in-law Irene Vanscoy of Buckhannon, fifteen grandchildren, Cody, Tyler, Andrew, Shelly, Penni, Josh, James, Chris, Kevin, Kasey, Mikey, Sumiko, Madoree, Naomi, and Dakota, four great grandchildren, Brennan, Lily, Lorelai, and Walker and a grand-pup, Hank and several special nieces and nephews.

Preceding Allen in death besides his parents were his maternal grandparents who helped raise him, Boyd and Sula Phares, a daughter, Tamela Faith Cosner Elmore, two sisters, Diane Burnside and Mildred “Sue” Shifflett, brothers-in-law, Francis Vanscoy and his wife Juanita, Richard Kerens, and Clarence Shiflett, and nephews, David Cosner, Jimmy Barone, and Mike Burnside.

Allen attended the schools of Glady and First Ward and was a graduate of Elkins High School with the class of 1952. He served with the United States Army, serving in Germany, Lebanon, and Turkey, had worked with Kelly Foundry for twenty-five years and as a bus driver for Randolph County Board of Education for nineteen years. He had served as scout master for Cub Scout Pack #86 and Boy Scout Troop #82 having helped many young men and was elated when the rank of Eagle Scout was earned by many young men. He was a witty character that enjoyed bluegrass music, woodworking, volunteering in his community with the Elkins Jaycees, and was an avid Pittsburgh and WVU sports fan. An active member of the Elkins Church of the Brethren, he was dedicated to his God, faithfully serving his church in many capacities such as helping with maintenance and any building projects, serving as a Sunday School Teacher, board member, singing with the choir, and also as a deacon for many years. He loved his family very much and enjoyed spending as much time with them as possible. He loved playing an active role in the lives of his three grandsons, Cody, Ty, and Andrew, taking them on vacation annually, camping with them, and encouraging them along their way. He loved traveling with his brother-in-law Willard and Charlotte Vanscoy, Richard and Joan Malcomb, Kerry Wilson, as well as many other friends. Allen had a great love for everyone and will be greatly missed by family and the many friends who knew and loved him.

The family wishes to express heart-felt appreciation for the excellent care given to Allen from the entire staff of Mountain Hospice and the Home-based Primary Care Services provided by the Veterans Administration and the love and concern shown by our church family and many friends. He so enjoyed the many cards received and all the prayers on his behalf. Special thanks to Kathy for her love and support in helping to care for Allen, be it early morning, or late at night.

A visitation will be held at the Elkins Church of the Brethren Friday from 5 pm to 8 pm. Funeral services will be conducted from the church Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 11:00 am. Rev Paul Brady, Pastors Mark and LaDeana Teets, and Rev. Bryan Headley will officiate. Interment will follow at the American Legion’s Little Arlington Cemetery at Cravensdale where members of the WV Honor Guard will present the American Flag. The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Elkins Church of the Brethren Building Fund, c/o Nancy Thompson, 313 Scott Ford Road, Elkins, WV 26241 or to Mt. Hospice, 228 4th Street, Elkins, WV 26241.


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Visitation

Friday

3

May

5:00 PM 5/3/2019 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 5/3/2019 8:00:00 PM
Elkins Church of the Brethren

708 W. Central Street
Elkins, WV 26241

Elkins Church of the Brethren
708 W. Central Street Elkins 26241 WV
United States

Funeral Service

Saturday

4

May

11:00 AM 5/4/2019 11:00:00 AM
Elkins Church of the Brethren

708 W. Central Street
Elkins, WV 26241

Elkins Church of the Brethren
708 W. Central Street Elkins 26241 WV
United States

Interment

Saturday

4

May

12:00 PM 5/4/2019 12:00:00 PM
American Legion's Little Arlington Cemetery

Cravens Run Road
Elkins, WV 26241

American Legion's Little Arlington Cemetery
Cravens Run Road Elkins 26241 WV
United States

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American Legion's Little Arlington Cemetery Final Resting Place

Cravens Run Road
Elkins, WV 26241

Cravens Run Road Elkins 26241 WV
United States
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