Ralph “Dennis” Cottrell of Cherryville, Missouri was born August 11, 1946 in St. Louis, Missouri to Clent and Katie (nee Cox) Cottrell and passed away Saturday, April 10, 2021 at the age of 74 years, 7 months and 30 days.
He grew up in Cherryville graduating from the Cherryville High School in 1964. He attended Missouri Southern in Joplin, majoring in marketing.
After college, he returned back to Cherryville, Missouri helping in the family store, Bowers and Cottrell, eventually going to work at the local bank, First Community National Bank in Steelville, Missouri as a teller and in marketing where he was employed for approximately nine years.
During these years Dennis was recognized by the University of Missouri for his continual efforts and support of the 4-H programs.
In 1988, he received the highest honor awarded to a local citizen, the Extension Leaders Honor Roll. Dennis had served on numerous advisory committees for 4-Youth, Economic Development and the Crawford County Plan of Work.
In his early 20’s, Dennis was saved and baptized in the Cherryville First Baptist Church where he played the organ for their services for several years. Dennis always loved music and learned to play the organ fluently. In the early 1980’s for about three years, he was the director of the Crawford County Community Choir which performed concerts in Cuba and Steelville, Missouri.
He spent many hours of his time and energy as director but loved doing it for his community.
Besides the love of music, he loved reading poetry and writing about the life lessons learned, such as how to treat others, while working at the store in Cherryville.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clent Cottrell; grandparents, Ralph Dillard Cottrell and Bertha Ann (nee Bowers) Cottrell and William “Buffy” Cox and Mae (nee Greenwood) Cox; and special great aunt and uncle, Thomas “Tom” Jackson Bowers and Eugenia “Genia” Rose (nee Alexander) Bowers.
He is survived by his mother, Katie Cottrell of Seymour, Missouri; sister, Janet (David) Wells of Seymour, Missouri; niece and nephews, Kayellen (Matt) Inskip, Clent (Cami) Wells and Kevin (Jessica) Wells; seven great nieces and nephews, McKenzie, Katie, CJ, Esther, Elizabeth, Kris and Anderson; other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at the Cherryville First Baptist Church in Cherryville, Missouri.
Graveside service with inurnment will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 29, 2021 in the Cherryville Baptist Cemetery in Cherryville, Missouri with Rev. Jim Chilton officiating.
Dennis chose cremation as his final disposition.
Arrangements under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.