Royce went to be with his Lord and Savior on March 8, 2022, with family by his side. It was his 93rd birthday.
Royce is survived by his wife of 25 years, Goldie, his children: Jeff (Julie) Cosgrove, Anne (Gary) Delger, along with Goldie’s three girls, Julie (Dennis) Goodwin, Rebecca (Dave) Goricki, Laura (Todd) LaBonne; thirteen grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.
Royce was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Marian (Afman) Cosgrove, and his brother, Robert Cosgrove.
Royce E. Cosgrove was born March 8, 1929, in Plainwell, Michigan, the son of Lawrence and Virginia (Honeysett) Cosgrove. Royce grew up and lived most of his life in Plainwell. In 1949, he married Marian (Afman) Cosgrove. Royce built their first home in Kalamazoo. Royce and Marian had two children, Royce (Jeff) and Anne.
In 1960, Royce and Marian established Plainwell Vault and Monument Company. In 1980, Royce and Marian co-founded Plainwell Redi Mix along with Jeff and Julie Cosgrove. Royce loved to be involved in driving the redi-mix trucks and delivering to customers.
Marian went to be with her Lord in 1995.
On June 1,1996, Royce married Goldie Hyder and they built a new home in Plainwell. This grew his family by three additional children (Julie, Rebecca and Laura), their spouses and more grandchildren.
Royce’s hobbies included assembling model airplanes and trucks. He also enjoyed his HO trains. Royce was the ultimate handyman. He volunteered at the First Baptist Church of Plainwell doing various repairs and building upkeep, assisted family with many home-improvement projects.
Royce and Goldie were long-time members of the First Baptist Church of Plainwell where they enjoyed many outings and hosted many small group events. They enjoyed traveling and spending cold winter months in the warm climate of Florida.
During his lifetime, Royce served his country (1952-1954) in the United States Army, and served his community in various ways. Royce was a long-time member of the local Lions Club and served on the Board of Directors of the Plainwell Community Federal Credit Union. He also served as a trustee of the First Baptist Church for many years.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to First Baptist Church of Plainwell.
Visit with family and friends on Saturday, March 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church; 404 West Bridge Street in Plainwell. A Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the same location.
The family is being served by Avink, McCowen and Secord Funeral Home; 120 S. Woodhams St. in Plainwell.
While at www.amsfuneralhomes.com please take time to sign Royce’s guestbook and/or share a memory with his family.