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Grace United Methodist Church
Tuesday October 14th, 2014
6:00pm - 7:30pm

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Rose Hill Church of God
Wednesday October 15th, 2014
10:00am - 10:45am

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Estel "Stretch" Cottrell

Estel "Stretch" Cottrell, 88, of Antwerp passed away at home on Friday, October 10, 2014.

Stretch was born in Antwerp on May 17, 1926, a son of the late Florence and Edwin  Cottrell.

He served in the U.S. Navy in WW II and worked for the Ohio Department of Health.

Stretch was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Antwerp VFW Post 5087; American Legion Post 253 & Hicksville Masonic Lodge 478.  He was a 3 term Mayor of Antwerp, served as Carryall Township Clerk for 16 years & chaired Antwerp Days twice. Stretch loved to fish and planted numerous trees throughout the community.

On April 27, 1984 Stretch married Karen Bigelow.

He will be sadly missed by his wife, Karen; children, Tonya Cottrell, Tammy (Scott), Berenyi,  Kevin all of Antwerp, Debra (Gary) Norton of Bonita Springs, FL & Kim (Tim) Gibson of Hicksville; siblings, Kathryn Killian of East Lansing, MI, Harriett Landwerlen of Rome, GA,  Harry (Marianne) & Bob (Cathy) both of Antwerp, Linda (Rex) Hurni & Betty (Kenton) Stairhime both of Hicksville; 14 grandchildren & 14 great grandchildren.

His son, Marty & brother, Ivan, have passed away.

Viewing is at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp on Tuesday, 2-4 & 6-7:30 pm, with Masonic Rites at 7:30 pm.

His funeral service  at Grace United Methodist Church, 121 W High St, Hicksville, Ohio at 11 am on Wednesday, Oct. 15th, with viewing one hour prior.

He will be laid to rest at Maumee Cemetery, with military honors.

Memorials are to the church.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

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Karen and Family,
You have my deepest sympathy at this time of your loss.  Karen, I was a good friend of Tim and Kim - Jerry Shull's wife. I will keep your family in my prayers.

Marolyn Mercer Nov 14 2014 12:00 AM

Dear Karen and family   so sorry to hear of Estel's passing,  he enjoyed life an we enjoyed having him in our lives. He surely will be missed.  love and prayers you.   marplum

mary plum Oct 16 2014 12:00 AM

Karen,and all of the family - please accept our sympathies for your loss of Stretch. He was always there to help us and chat with us at Grace - thanks for making us feel so welcome. God be with each and every one of you as you travel the days head. Know that we are here and praying for your comfort.

Calvin and Laura Marker Oct 14 2014 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Uncle Stretch's passing away last week.  He was an awesome Uncle to me on our many vacations to Antwerp. Lots of memories...All Good

Bobby Landwerlen Oct 13 2014 12:00 AM


DAVE REISSIG Oct 13 2014 12:00 AM

Deb and family,   so sorry to hear of your father's passing.   May the many memories of him comfort you.

Susan (Mosier) Gladieux Oct 13 2014 12:00 AM

Dear Cottrell Family: It breaks our hearts when death separates us from our loved ones no matter how young or old they happen to be. The Bible reminds us that there is One who sees our distress and pain and has promised that soon death will be done away with....swallowed up forever.(Isaiah 25:8) He will heal our broken hearts by resurrecting our precious loved ones to life again.(John 5:28,29) I hope in the days ahead as you reflect on the life of your loved one, and the wonderful memories left behind, that you will find much comfort in God' promises to us for the near future. My deepest sympathy to all of you.

JC Oct 13 2014 12:00 AM

Dear Karen and family Stretch will be missed by so many and we will be praying for Gods comfort for all of you KAren if you need any thing any time remember we live across the street and can be there in a minute may God bless you all Ron and Mary VanAtta

Ron and Mary VanAtta Oct 12 2014 12:00 AM

GARDEN PATH was sent by Ruth Leona Holley.

Sending love and condolences Ruth Holley and Family

Ruth Holley Oct 11 2014 12:00 AM

It was my pleasure to have worked with Stretch at the Defiance County Health Department in the 1950s.  He was a sanitarian and I was a public health nurse.  Stretch was easy to know . He always had a smile and a great sense of humor.  After he left our department and went to work for the State as an inspector of dairy farms, he would often stop in to say hello.  In later years he worked as a greeter and a bingo caller at a local store & we would often talk about the early days.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.  I send my condolences to Karen, his children and all the rest of his family.

Lucy Weaver Marckel Oct 11 2014 12:00 AM