Benjamin Martin Cosgrove
Benjamin Martin Cosgrove passed peacefully on July 23, 2014 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center at the age of 85. Visitation will be held at Brooks Funeral Care, 7925 University Blvd, Clive, IA, on Monday, July 28, from 4 to 6 p.m. A Celebration of Ben's life will be held at St. Pius X Church, 3601 66th St., Urbandale, IA, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29 with burial and military honors at Glendale Cemetery.
Ben was born on February 16, 1929, in Chicago, IL. He was a decorated veteran of the Korean War, the recipient of two Purple Hearts. Upon return, he married Carol Eileen (Nelson) Cosgrove, who preceded him in death in 2002, and was the loving father of four children: Brian (Stephanie) of Minneapolis, MN, Barbara Murphy of San Clemente, CA, James (Deb) of Urbandale, IA, and Mary Eileen (Matt) Besser of Urbandale, IA.
He was an avid sports fan, and was a founding executive of the Iowa Oaks, now the Iowa Cubs, followed by a successful career as a marketing entrepreneur in the Des Moines area. Ben's passion was his family, and will be missed by his children, 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions are encouraged to be made to the Urbandale Caring Corps, http://www.urbandalenetwork.org/donate/, who were so kind to Ben and provided his transportation to medical services.
Brooks Funeral Care-Cremation Society of Iowa - Clive
7975 University Blvd.
Clive, IA 50325
Published in Des Moines Register from July 26 to July 28, 2014