The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


April 10, 2014

Ray D. Coss

COSSVILLE, Mo. — Ray Dell Coss, 84, of Cossville, Mo., passed away peacefully April 8, 2014.

He was born July 1, 1929, in Cossville, to Royden and Frances Coss.

Ray grew up in Cossville attending the Rose Bank School. After graduating high school, he played baseball for the Carthage Cardinals in the Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri league from 1946 to 1947. His baseball career continued in the Shreveport Baseball Club in Monroe, La., from 1947 to 1950. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1953. He began working for General Motors Acceptance Corp. in 1956 in Monroe. He worked for GMAC in various locations throughout north Louisiana, retiring in 1989, after 33 years service in Shreveport, La. He was very active in the Central Christian Church in Shreveport. His passions included Saint Louis Cardinals baseball and golf. He is one of few golfers to achieve a hole-in-one.

Ray is preceded in death by his parents, Royden and Frances Coss, of Cossville.

He is survived by his wife, of 60 years, Lynn Swope Coss, currently of Cossville; He leaves behind four children, Karen Limbird and her husband, Mark, of Scranton, Ark., Carey Coss, of Nashville, Tenn., David Coss, of Cossville and Laurin Coss, of Sarasota, Fla.; He also has four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be conducted at Nashville Cemetery Thursday, April 10, at 2 p.m. Rev. Bob Simon will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research or Avalon Hospice of Joplin. Online condolences may be made at

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