Cottrell, Sr., William Henry

Date: Monday, May 20, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to VFW Post 2482, St. Clair, MO


William Henry Cottrell, Sr., known to most as Bill, of St. Clair, MO, departed this life in New Haven, MO, on May 16, 2019, having reached the age of eighty-six years, eleven months and twenty-five days. Bill was born in Dillard, MO, on May 21, 1932, son of Earl Escoe Cottrell and Lena Cottrell nee Webb. As a young man he was united in marriage to Veda Downing and blessed to have four children.

Bill is survived by three daughters, Mona Gardener of St. Louis, MO, Lisa Volkman and husband Daniel, of Washington, MO, and Michele Droege and husband, Steven, of St. Louis; by eight grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, by his companion, Mary Evans of St. Clair, MO; one brother-in-law, one sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins, and many friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his son, William H. Cottrell, Jr; by five brothers, Medford, Burton, Roy, Vencil and Ronald Cottrell, and by five sisters, Helen Robinson, Lois Turnbough, twins, Wilma Crabtree and Rilma Wilkinson and Norman Hogan.

Bill was a Christian, believing in the Lord as his Savior. He was proud to have served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War, entering in 1947 and receiving his honorable discharge on July 20, 1954. He was a member of the V. F. W. Post 2482 of St. Clair, MO. William was a truck driver by trade and a retiree of Teamsters Local 688 of St. Louis, MO. He had driven over the road for various companies, but had worked the longest for Tastee Bread Company. Since his retirement he had enjoyed spending time four wheeling with family and friends. Hunting was another of his pastimes, as was listening to country music. His family was his pride and joy and he cherished the time they spent together.

A devoted and loving father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, companion, brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Wayne Leftridge officiating. Interment with full military honors was held in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO. Memorials may be made to the VFW Post 2482 of St. Clair, MO.