MEADE – William Ray “Bill” Cottrell Sr., 82, died Monday, March 29, 2010, at The Monte Vista in Coronado Living Center, El Paso, Texas.
He was born Nov. 6, 1927, to Vernus Ray and Margaret Ann (Henson) Cottrell in Wichita.
He married Elsie Clark Sep. 4, 1950, in Plains. She survives.
He graduated from Plains High School in 1946, and attended the University of Kansas.
He enjoyed aviation, fishing and spending time with family and friends.
He was a farmer, raising sorgum, wheat, grain and tomatoes, and truck farmed.
He is also survived by three sons, William R. “Bill” Cottrell Jr. and wife, Teresa, Meade, Glenn Rex Cottrell, Wichita, and Vance R. Cottrell and wife, Lisa, Van Horn, Texas; one daughter, Diana L. Cottrell, Meade; one son-in-law, Bill Goebel, Jetmore; 13 grandchildren, Travis Cottrell and wife, Fae, Gary Cottrell and wife, Annette, Candice Walton and husband, Evan, Stephanie Saucedo and husband, Mario, Stephen Cottrell, Stacie Cottrell and companion, Justin Potter, Kelli Goebel, Abby Ward and husband Evan, Nicholas Goebel, Sterling Cottrell, Starvanna Cottrell, Devon Cottrell, and Calise Cottrell; 12 great-grandchildren; two nephews, Mark Cottrell and Kirk Cottrell; and special friend Toni Triviz, Santa Teresa, N.M.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, J.R. “Dick” Cottrell; one sister-in-law, Wila Cottrell; and one daughter, Susan M. Goebel.
o Vigil services will be at 7 p.m. Friday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Meade, with Deacon Dwain Lampe presiding.
Christian Burial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Meade, with Father Jimmy Barrozo presiding.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday with the family present from 3 to 5 p.m. at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade.
Interment will be in the Graceland Cemetery, Meade.
Memorials are suggested to charity of donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.
Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com.