Richard Cothran

Feb. 3, 1937-Feb. 3, 2020

Richard “Navy Dick” L.

Cothran, age 83, passed

away on Monday, Febru-

ary 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 at-

tending Greenville High

School he enlisted in the

Navy in 1955, where he

earned the name he was

famously known as, Navy


While stationed in San

Diego, CA he was intro-

duced by mutual friend

Merlyn Liesener, to his

Bride, Ione Foss. On No-

vember 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 lo-

cal farmers. In 1980, Navy

and Ione welcomed their

third child Brooke to com-

plete 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 motorcy-cles and Volkswagens. He

was a founding member

of the Ray Ramblers

motorcycle club and con-

sidered them all part of

his family. He always

looked forward to attend-

ing the Sturgis motorcycle

Rally. For the last 10 years

Navy and Ione have en-

joyed spending their

winters in Florida.

He is survived by: his

wife Ione, son Barry of

Napa, CA; daughters Ro-

byn (Scott) German of

Hankinson, ND; Brooke

(Ryan) Nelson of Fort

Ransom, ND. Grandchil-

dren, Caleb Cothran,

Jacob Cothran, Bailey Ger-

man, Hayden German,

Gavin Jorgensen, Gracie

Nelson, Mara Nelson,

Abby Nelson and Brynn

Nelson, his sister Sue Ru-


He is preceded in death

by: his mother and father,

Lorris and Jewel. His sis-

ter Joy and brother-in-law

Harold McMiller,

brother-in-law Jules Ru-

bin, father and

mother-in-law Emil and

Lillian Foss, sister-in-law

Elaine Volz.

Services will be held at

11:00 am, Monday, Febru-

ary 17 th at the Ray Audi-

torium/ Community

Center. Burial will be at

the Temple Cemetery,

Temple, ND. Friends may

call from on Monday from

10:00 am until service


Fulkerson Stevens on

Funeral Home in Willis-

ton is assisting the family.

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