Donald Fletcher Cogswell

Donald Fletcher Cogswell, a man who loved to laugh and always had a joke to share, died December 4, 2019, at the age of 81. Don was born in Charlotte on May 13, 1938, to Leman and Thelma (Diamond) Cogswell, and lived in the Charlotte area his entire life. After graduating from Charlotte High School, he worked for GM for 38 years as a millwright and also enlisted in the National Guard.
A very loving, caring, and wonderful husband, father, and friend to many, Don will be missed dearly in his community. Known as a regular for morning coffee at McDonalds, and exercising at the Wellness Center, many will remember Don best for dressing up as Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny to pass out candy canes and jelly beans in front of his home. An avid Detroit Tigers fan, he not only enjoyed watching the team play, but also loved buying Tigers and baseball memorabilia on eBay.
Donald is survived by his wife of 43 years, Donna; daughters, Tammy (Daniel) Crandell and Dawn Andrews; sons, Donald Todd Cogswell and Bill (Sara) Andrews; 10 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and his beloved dog, Pier; and cat, Romeo.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Leman and Thelma Cogswell; and brothers, Richard and Gary Cogswell.
Friends are encouraged to support Don’s family.  Funeral services are Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastor Charles Krueger officiating. Visitation is Monday, December 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.  If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Eaton Community Palliative Care or Pawsibilities Rescue. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Don on his Tribute Page at The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.