Karl Vincent “Vin” Cozad, loving husband, devoted father and father-in-law, doting grandfather, brother, uncle, and faithful friend, passed away peacefully at his home Friday, January 13, 2017. The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 21, 2017 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 NW Highway 9, Kansas City, MO 64152. The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Friday at the church, where the Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. Vin will be laid to rest in the Arlington National Cemetery. The Meyers Northland chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Therese Catholic Church, the American Diabetes Association, or the American Heart Association. Memories of Vin and condolences may be left at meyersfuneralchapel.com.
Vin was born August 8, 1945 in Wichita, KS to June and Charles Cozad. He graduated from Campus High School in 1963 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He married Janet Kay O’Brien in July 1967. He commenced his university education while on active duty with the Navy and graduated magna cum laude from Washburn University in 1974 with a BA double major in Criminal Justice and Corrections, simultaneously serving as a Shawnee County Sheriff’s Deputy. He then entered flight school at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, FL and became a Naval Flight Officer, serving as an A-6 B/N (bombardier/navigator) out of NAS Whidbey Island, WA. He was medically retired from the Navy and graduated from Washburn University School of Law in 1980. He was engaged in the private practice of law for several years prior to commencing work as Chief Attorney and Executive Secretary for the KS Board of Tax Appeals. From 1984 to 1988, he served as a special assistant attorney general specializing in labor law for the KS Department of Human Resources. In 1988 he returned to federal service as an agent-attorney with U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (later Department of Homeland Security, or DHS). He retired from DHS in 2007 as Deputy Chief Counsel for KS and MO.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and baby daughter Anna Kristina. He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Janet, daughter Erin, son-in-law MAJ Spencer Curtis, and granddaughter Lucy. Also surviving are his sister Candi Cheney and brothers Dean Cozad and Mike Cozad (wife Kathleen), as well as numerous dear friends and family members.
Throughout his life, he remained active with numerous organizations and groups such as the Heart of America Corvair Owners Association (HACOA) and especially KC’s CORSA Chapter 640. He was a “long-hauler” on the Hot Rod Power Tour for nearly ten years. He enjoyed regular exercise and socializing at the Parkville YMCA. Vin will be remembered for his abiding faith in God, his devotion to family and friends, his integrity and strength of character even in the face of setbacks or illness, his sharp intellect, and his “Fr. Dad” advice. He was an inspiration to all who knew him and he will be deeply missed.