Bill Cottrell, 85, of Tecumseh, passed away Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in Shawnee.

Bill Cottrell, 85, of Tecumseh, passed away Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in Shawnee.

He was born Feb. 6, 1930, to Otis Lee and Ruby (Metcalf) Cottrell in Roxanna, Oklahoma.

Bill’s dad worked in the oilfield and the family lived in many towns in Oklahoma and Texas. He attended schools throughout Oklahoma and Texas and graduated from Aubrey High School in Texas. Bill lived in Paramount, California, for many years and Bullhead City, Arizona, before settling in Tecumseh where he has resided for the last 23 years.

Bill served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was awarded the Bronze Star. He was honorably discharged in 1953.

He married Carol Cracraft on Dec. 23, 1986, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Bill was self-employed as a welder. He was the shop supervisor for Fly Ash Haulers from 1976 to 1985 in Laughlin, Nevada, and was the Shop Steward for Teamsters at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site until his retirement in 1992. Bill was also a volunteer weather reporter for the National Weather Center in Norman.

He was preceded in death by his son, Thomas Cottrell; parents, Otis and Ruby Cottrell; and sister, Ossie White.

Bill is survived by his wife, Carol Cottrell of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Darrell Melroy of Mira Loma, California; son and daughter-in-law, James and Debra Cottrell of Shawnee; daughter, Debbie Hutchinson of Bullhead City, Arizona; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sister, Betty Webb of Shawnee; brother, Robert Cottrell of Shawnee; and other relatives and friends.

Visitation will begin 9 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 5, and continue through service time.

Service will be 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6, at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Mack Peercy of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Tecumseh officiating. Burial will follow at Tecumseh Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

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