To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. -- II Corinthians 5:8
Longtime Anaconda minister John Alvin Cozby died early Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at home with his family after lengthy battle with cancer. He was 75.
John was born Sept. 19, 1943, to Rozzle and Norine Cozby in Spur, Texas, the eldest of four boys. He received his education in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona. He graduated from Southwestern College (now Arizona Christian University) in Phoenix, where he met his wife, Myrle.
John was a gifted mathematician and enjoyed engineering-type work but instead chose the pastorate as a career, with the goal of seeing people come to trust in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. He led churches in Clifton, Ariz.; Lewiston, Idaho; and Anaconda, where he has served since 1972. Other positions he held through the years include Christian school principal, educator, smelterman and bus driver. He enjoyed outdoor activities and was involved in civic preservation and restoration projects.
John was proud of his children and their spouses: John II and Kelly Cozby of Baldwin, N.D.; Mindy and Todd Steinlicht of American Falls, Idaho; Stacy and Bob James of Anaconda; Julie Breslin of Clarkston, Wash.; Zane and Jodi Cozby of Deer Lodge; Holly and Keidrick Roy of Somerville, Mass.; Drs. Matthew and Rachel Cozby of Fircrest, Wash.; and Amy Cozby of Anaconda.
John was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 51 years; his brothers and their wives, Lewis and Diana Cozby, David and Pauline Cozby and Kenneth and Rachel Cozby, all of Deer Lodge; his children; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life is planned for 11 a.m. Friday, June 21 at First Baptist Church, where he has served for the past 44 years. Inurnment will follow at New Hill Cemetery. Axelson Alternative Cremation is privileged to serve John’s family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts to First Baptist Church, 300 W. Fifth St., Anaconda, MT 59711; or for Bible distribution through the Gideons at https://www.gideons.org/ or Gideons International Processing Center, P.O. Box 97251, Washington, D.C., 20090-7251.