October 05, 1918 ‒ June 27, 2017
Richard H. Cottrell, 98 of South Burlington, Vermont, a former Galion, Ohio resident, passed away Tuesday evening, June 27, 2017 at Allenwood in South Burlington, Vermont, with his daughter and caregivers at his side.
He was born October 5, 1918 in Wyandot County, Ohio and was the son of Pearl H. and Amber G. (Bridge) Cottrell. On December 29, 1942 he married Mary A. Wickersham, and they enjoyed 70 years of marriage until her passing on February 14, 2013.
He was a 1936 graduate of Harpster High School and went on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Ohio Northern University in 1940, where he was a member of the Kappa Delta Pi fraternity. He later earned his Masters degree in Education from Ohio University in 1953. Dick served in the European theater of operations during World War II in the United States Army Air Corps, 19th Supply Squadron of the 19th Air Depot Group.
A life-long educator, he was an elementary teacher, band director, and principal for many years at Marseilles, Sunbury, Amanda, and Coshocton School Systems. He retired from the Newark Public Schools after nearly 20 years as an Assistant Superintendent in curriculum development. Throughout his career, Dick demonstrated his deep belief the power of education. He had a special knack with, and often served as an advocate for, students of all abilities. He retained his sound judgment, dignity, sense of humor, and keen interest in life until the end.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Galion and a former member of the Second Presbyterian Church in Newark. He was a member of many professional and civic organizations and served on Boards of Directors for several non-profit organizations in Licking County, Ohio. After they both retired from public education, he and Mary enjoyed a long retirement with many happy winters in Florida.
Music was always a part of Richard’s life. In addition to his early work in music education, he sang in choral groups throughout his life, and played piano and organ. His most distinctive instrument was the carillon, a set of bells installed in a bell tower of the Second Presbyterian Church in Newark, Ohio. After formally studying carillon technique, he served as the church carillonneur for many years, playing regularly after weekly services and for special concerts.
Richard is survived by his daughter Janet Cottrell of Vermont; grandchildren Joanne (Matt) Stafford-Sorrell of Virginia and Jeanette Stafford of North Carolina; his sister Doris and brother-in-law Clarence “Clem” Borg of Grove City, Ohio; son-in-law Jim Stafford of Peru, New York; and his nieces and cousins. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his daughter Judith Stafford and his brother John Cottrell.
A memorial service will be held at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833 with calling hours at 1:00 p.m. and the service at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 7, 2017 with Pastor Joseph Stafford officiating. Private burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice or to the First Presbyterian Church of Galion in care of the funeral home.
Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Richard Cottrell, and condolences may be made to them at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.