Richard L. Cothren

October 14, 1928 ‒ September 12, 2019

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Richard L. Cothren, age 90, of Mount Vernon passed away on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at the Laurels of Mount Vernon.

He was born on October 14, 1928 in Ashland, Ohio to the late Clifford and Ada (Brannon) Cothren.  Richard was the owner and operator of Peoples Shoe Store in downtown Mount Vernon for many years.

He is survived by his sons, Michael (Loraine) Cothren, Tim (Janelle) Cothren; his daughters, Vicki (Frank) Pitts, Kathie (Richard) Shimoloens; twelve grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and five nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his wife Lois Jane Cothren; his sister Jean Sigafoos; and his brother Cliff Cothren.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 beginning at 10AM in Ashland Cemetery with Pastor Marvin Haught officiating.

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  • Tim, Janelle, and family
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs to all.

  • Cothren family:

    Mixed emotions when learning of Dick’s passing. It is always hard to give them up, but, at the same time, what joy for Dick being reunited with Lois and enjoying a new body.
    I know these last few years have been a challenge.
    I’m so happy he got to enjoy his 90th birthday celebration.
    Good times working for your Mom and Dad for a short time; a lot of laughs and fun.

    My sister joins me in expressing our sincere sympathy.
    I’m sorry I will be out of town Wednesday or would be at the service.

    Keep the good memories ever-present each day.

    Roger Marra
    Vickie Marra

  • Tim, Janelle and family, We are so sorry to learn of Richards passing. Mixed emotions….hard to give them up but wouldn’t want to prolong suffering. Our Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love Mike and Marilyn

  • Dear Tim, Janelle, and family, I was very sorry to hear about your Father’s passing. My heart goes out to you . I just lost my Mother in April. Take care and God bless you all.

  • Dear Cothren Family –
    So very sorry for your loss. I was very honored to be able to go with Kathie and see Richard before he passed. Really liked your Dad and always enjoyed when he came into town to visit. He was such a joy! You have been very blessed to have such a wonderful Father and Grandfather in your lives.
    My heartfelt condolences to each of you.
    Much Love,

  • Kathie, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad and Alex, Corey and Jenny’s the loss of grandpa. I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but knew what a great guy by the admiration and love you expressed when speaking of him. Find peace in knowing he is not suffering any more and he is with mom. Hugs. Theresa Avsec

  • Nancy and I are so sorry for the Cothren families’ loss … What a tremendous friend and fellow businessman.
    We will always have a special place in our hearts for Dick and Lois.

    Nancy and Dick

  • Kathie, Tim and Family,
    So sorry to see the passing of your father. You all know that your parents were wonderful people. Just the thought of Richard (and Lois) makes one smile.
    Take care.

  • Tim and family…so sorry for the loss of your father. He was a wonderful person. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

    Sue C. Clemente