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Mark S. Cottrell


Published: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 12:30 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, June 12, 2014 10:19 a.m. CDT

Mark S. Cottrell, 59, of Corning died June 8, 2014, at Greater Regional Hospice Home in Creston.

The family is in charge of memorial services to be held Saturday, June 21, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with the time to be determined. No public viewing or visitation is planned. Memorials may be directed to HCI Care Services. Online condolences may be left at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.

Mark Scott Cottrell, son of Charlotte Mae (Bennett) and Wilbert Edward Cottrell, was born June 28, 1954, in Woodbury, N.J.

Mark was raised in New Jersey and Maryland and graduated from high school in Aberdeen, Md., in 1973.

After graduation, Mark worked several years for the V.A. Hospital in Maryland. He later began driving a truck all across the country, selling woodworking tools. Mark trained to become a pastry chef and worked mostly in Montana and Oregon. While living in Oregon, he taught prison inmates apprentice skills to become bakers.

On June 24, 1995, Mark married Elaine Dedrick in Hermiston, Ore. The family settled in Corning, Iowa, in 2001.

Mark was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Lenox.

Mark is survived by his wife Elaine Cottrell of Corning; stepdaughters, Sabrina Wright of Creston, Melisa Schroeder of Gig Harbour, Wash., and Vanessa Schroeder (fiancé Jason Arnold) of Chinook, Wash.; 10 step-grandchildren; mother Charlotte Cottrell of Spring, Texas; mother-in-law Ida Cook of Creston; brothers, Dean (Kim) Cottrell of Churchville, Md., and Clinton (Kathy) Cottrell of Bel Air, Md.; sisters, Jan (Brian) Child of Gilbert, Ariz., Leesa Maresh of Corning, Lorry (Rob) Thorburn of Lake Elsinor, Calif., and Peri (Andrew) Speckhard of Spring, Texas; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Mark was preceded in death by his father, father-in-law Al Dedrick and sister Glennis Cottrell.

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