Raymond Cottrell, 85, of Creston died Oct. 8, 2012, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.
Graveside services will be private at Graceland Cemetery. Visitation with family present will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Pearson Family Funeral Service, 809 W. Montgomery St. Memorials may be directed to the family in Raymond’s name. Online condolences may be left at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.
Raymond Leonard Cottrell, son of Lola Berniece (Woods) and Dewey Vinton Cottrell, was born Sept. 9, 1927, in Osceola. Raymond was raised on a farm near Osceola. The family moved to several farms near Diagonal, Murray and eventually moved to Creston. Raymond attended country schools in Clark and Ringgold counties.
On Dec. 21, 1948, Raymond married Darlene Boham in Osceola.
He drove a fork lift for Des Moines Ice and Fuel for 12 years.
Raymond started working for Purolator in 1962. He worked at Purolator for several years, but had to quit when he was diagnosed with cancer.
Later, Raymond earned his GED and attended Southwestern Community College and earned an associate degree in mechanics.
After receiving his degree, Raymond operated an auto mechanic shop at home in his garage. Raymond worked for Blacks Transportation for several years and was a security guard for Trolli for several years prior to his retirement in 2005.
Raymond is survived by his wife Darlene Cottrell of Creston; children, Jack Cottrell of Ames, Bob (Jan) Cottrell of Creston, Pam Conley of Clarinda, Tom (Sharon) Cottrell of Creston, Kathy (Jim) Portwood of Creston, Peggy (Don) Miller of Creston and Tabitha Cottrell (fiancé Chris Morrison) of Creston; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; brothers, Leland (Sandy) Cottrell of Rockford, Ill., and Charles Cottrell of Rockford, Ill.; sister Lola (Phil) Sanson of Creston; sisters-in-law, Wilma Cottrell of Iowa and Jane Cottrell of Rockford, Ill.; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Raymond was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Dewey, Wayne, Cecil and Glen Cottrell; and infant grandson Robert Thomas Cottrell.