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John Ralph Cottrell

November 10, 1938 February 16, 2019
John Ralph Cottrell
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John Ralph Cottrell died February 16, 2019 at the age of 80, surrounded by his family.
Born to John Rector Cottrell and Viola Rich Hazelip on November 10, 1938 in Indianapolis, IN John started his military career at the age of 17 when he joined the US Naval Reserve in high school. Upon graduating, he moved to active duty and served on the Lake Champlain Air Craft Carrier known as the Big Champ, in Quonset Point, RI. While on leave in Indiana, he met Judith Ann Searles. They married in 1959 in Anderson, IN and the newlyweds resided in Quonset Point, RI until he left the Navy for the Air Force and was immediately stationed in Tachikawa, Japan. They lived there for five years and had two sons, Kevin and Keith. (Their third son, Kurt, was born in Louisiana.) After an assignment in San Francisco, John spent a tour in Vietnam and three years in Germany. He also had assignments in California, including Moffett Naval Station, and Travis AFB. John retired from the Air Force in 1979.
John’s retirement did not slow him down. He worked private security and was an employee of Lockheed Martin and Blue Cross. He took up golf and getting a hole in one as a beginner was a true highlight for him. John loved playing cards with his family and friends. He usually won at Rummy, but there are those that said he was a sandbagger. His rescue dog Sam, a Maltese, was on his lap whenever he sat down. Known for his heart of gold, he would always help a friend in need.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Judith Cottrell of McMinnville, OR; brother, Cletus (Mary) Cottrell of West Warwick, RI; sons Kevin Cottrell of CA; Keith (Leslie) Cottrell of CA; Kurt (Naomi) Cottrell of OR; his seven grandchildren, Karley Cottrell of NV; Joshua (Charlotte) Cottrell of CA; Robert Cottrell of OR; James Barnes of OR; Lena Cottrell of OR; Kendall Cottrell of OR; Shelby Cottrell of CA, and three great granddaughters Riley, Keagan, and Sloane Cottrell of CA, along with many nieces and nephews. John will be truly missed by all.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Donald Gamron, Roger Gamron, Dallas Cottrell, and Edward Cottrell.
His service will be at St. James Catholic Church, McMinnville, Oregon, March 9th, at 12:00 noon. Reception to immediately follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in his memory.


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9

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12:00 PM 3/9/2019 12:00:00 PM
St. James Catholic Church

1145 NE 1st St.
McMinnville, OR 97128

St. James Catholic Church
1145 NE 1st St. McMinnville 97128 OR
United States
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