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Shirley J. Cogar

October 28th, 1934 – June 29th, 2018

Shirley J. Cogar, age 83 of Havana, IL, passed away at 8:15 am on Friday, June 29, 2018 at her home. She was born on October 28, 1934 in Havana, the daughter of Charles T. and Florence M. (Hobbs) Bennett. She married Kenny Cogar on January 7, 1963 in Springfield, IL. He preceded her in death on August 24, 2000.

Shirley was also preceded in death by her parents, one son, Jerry L. Holmes, one grandson Steven Daniel Holmes, one great-granddaughter Whitney Lane, and one sister, Lana Sue Bennett.

She is survived by three sons, Danny (and Karen) Holmes, Merle (and Debbie) Holmes, and Jeff A. Cogar, all of Havana, three daughters, Connie L. (and Charlie) Selby of Havana, Melanie J. (and Dick) Mohlenbruck of Frederick, IL, and Kim J. Cogar of Havana, her daughter-in-law Laurie Holmes of Havana, 26 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandson, and her brother Steve (and Jennifer) Bennett of Forest City, IL.

Shirley was a secretary for the State of Illinois in Paul Powell's office at the state capital for many years. She last worked for the Mason County Health Department in Havana.

She was a member of the Graceland Covenant Community Church in Havana and the Havana VFW Post 6408 Ladies Auxiliary.

Shirley and Kenny loved camping and Bluegrass music.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Havana. Brother Mike Floyd will officiate. Visitation will be held from 10:00-10:30 am on Tuesday at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria, IL. Memorials may be made to the Shirley Cogar Memorial Fund.


July 1st, 2018

Connie my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of loss.
Sandra K. Yocum

July 1st, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. What a great lady!

July 1st, 2018

Prayers going out to all the family.

July 1st, 2018

My thought and prayers are with your family