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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Richard Cothran
February 3, 1937 - February 3, 2020

Place of Birth: Greenville, Ohio
Residence: Avon Park, Florida
Age: 83

Richard “Navy Dick” L. Cothran, age 83, passed away on Monday, February 3, 2020 in the Royal Care nursing care facility in Avon Park, Florida. He was born on February 3, 1937 in Greenville, OH to Lorris “Shorty” and Jewel (Enicks) Cothran. After attending Greenville High School he enlisted in the Navy in 1955, where he earned the name he was famously known as, Navy Dick. While stationed in San Diego, CA he was introduced by mutual friend Merlyn Liesener, to his Bride, Ione Foss. On November 29,1963 they were married in the Chapel of the San Diego Naval Base. While in the service, 2 of their children, Barry and Robyn were born. In 1978 he retired from the Navy as an E9 Master Chief Machinist Mate, and the family moved to Ray, ND. While in Ray they owned the Blue Mill Motel and he spent a lot of time on his hobby of restoring VW’s and repairing Spray Coops for many of the local farmers. In 1980, Navy and Ione welcomed their third child Brooke to complete their family. Navy Dick was never one to sit still, so in 1988 he went back to work as a civilian for the Air National Guard, which he traveled the US removing Asbestos. He again retired in 2000. Navy was well known for his love of Harley Davidson motorcycles and Volkswagens. He was a founding member of the Ray Ramblers motorcycle club and considered them all part of his family. He always looked forward to attending the Sturgis motorcycle Rally. For the last 10 years Navy and Ione have enjoyed spending their winters in Florida. He is survived by his wife Ione, son Barry of Napa, CA; daughters Robyn (Scott) German of Hankinson, ND; Brooke (Ryan) Nelson of Fort Ransom, ND. Grandchildren, Caleb Cothran, Jacob Cothran, Bailey German, Hayden German, Gavin Jorgensen, Gracie Nelson, Mara Nelson, Abby Nelson and Brynn Nelson, his sister Sue Ruben. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Lorris and Jewel. His sister Joy and brother-in-law Harold McMiller, brother-in-law Jules Rubin, father and mother-in-law Emil and Lillian Foss, sister-in-law Elaine Volz.

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Glen and Margo Severson (Ray, ND)
Feb 5, 2020
So very sorry for you all on the passing of Dick. He was quite the man!!
Mark & Anita Skar (Clancy, Mt)
Feb 5, 2020
Navy was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers to all the family. RIP Navy Dick!
Clyde & Pam Norris (Kenmare, ND)
Feb 5, 2020
Our prayers to all if Navy's Family. His memories will always stay with us.
Scott Liesener (Río Communitiez, New Mexico)
Feb 5, 2020
So sorry to hear about Dick.
Jean Meyer
Feb 5, 2020
The family are in my prayers. What a guy, he will be missed.
David and Nadine Melland
Feb 5, 2020
Sorry to hear of Dicks passing. I enjoyed talking to him. His sayings cracked me up.he worked on my V W whenever it needed.
Patricia Lehman (Kenmare, North Dakota)
Feb 5, 2020
So sorry to hear of Navy Dicks passing. Ernie and I always enjoyed visiting and being with him especially in Sturgis. RIP Navy.5
Roger and Anne Pederson Lowers (Williston, 29)
Feb 5, 2020
Ione and family-- We were sorry to hear of Dick's passing Our condolences to your family.
Julaine Christensen (DOUGLAS, Wyoming)
Feb 6, 2020
Ione and kids, I am so sorry to hear of Dick's passing, he was such a fun guy to be around and will be missed by many, I talked to him a little bit at Marilyn Foss's funeral, I want you to know my heart hurts along with yours today, it is so hard to lose your spouse . I send you my prayers, hugs and love.
Jeanie Burke (Mohall, ND)
Feb 6, 2020
So sorry to hear of the passing of Navy. He had a sense of humor like no other!!!
Marilyn Everett (Colorado)
Feb 6, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Have many a great memories running thru my head. RIP Dick!
Mark Abercrombie (TRFalls , Minnesota)
Feb 9, 2020
One of the first guys I met when I started riding, I'll always remember that laugh. Ride the clouds.
John(E.J.) Monteyne (Estevan SK., Canada)
Feb 15, 2020
To Ione and family: I remember Dick in many ways. his laugh,his fun ways. But mostly his love of family and friends. I had the pleasure of spending 14 years as a club member. In that time got to him very well.He was a true and loyal friend and a proud husband,father and an even prouder grandfather. Going to miss you brother. RIP,Navy Dick.
Cheryl and Bill Simpson (Ray, ND)
Feb 16, 2020
So very sorry for your loss. What an honor and privilege to meet Navy Dick. He’ll be greatly missed, never forgotten. Hugs and love to all.
Dennis Clark (Minneapolis)
Apr 23, 2020
This is so late but, I send my condolences. Navy Dick was a great guy I met briefly after buying a 1957 Beetle from him. I still have that Beetle, so I get to have a memory preserved. I miss you man.
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