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Rev. Ernest L. Cotrell

July 11, 1936 - April 12, 2023

U.S. Veteran

Burial Date April 18, 2023

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Lima, OH
Rev. Ernest “Ernie” L. Cotrell, age 86, passed from this life to be with his Heavenly Father and his beloved Savior Lord Jesus Christ on April 12, 2023, at 8:32 pm, at the Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay under the care of Bridge Hospice. Ernie was born July 11, 1936 in Urbana, OH, to Gilbert and Myrtle I. (Evilsizor) Cotrell who preceded him in death. On July 3, 1960, he married Lois E. (Symonds) Cotrell who preceded him in death on December 18, 1994. He then married Bonnie O. Cotrell who also preceded him in death.
Ernie is also survived by his children: Deb (Mark) Oates of Arlington, OH, Rachel (Joel) Briggs of Upper Arlington, OH, Nicole (Donald) Johnson of Lima, OH and Tim (Caroline) Cotrell of Wapakoneta, Oh, 2 step-children: Marlena (Tony) Stechshulte of Rockford, IL and Marshall (Allison) Pitchford of Akron, OH, 6 grandchildren, 7 step-grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren with one on the way, and 3 step great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 14 siblings.
Ernie was a veteran of the U.S. Marines where he served in the military police stationed in Hawaii. He had worked for the Lima Ford Engine Plant for 38.5 years retiring in 1998. Ernie was an associate Pastor at the former Firm Foundation Church in Elida. His main focus in life was the love and dedication to his family and winning souls for the Kingdom. He was a longtime golfer and enjoyed golfing at all the area golf courses.
There will be a funeral service held on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at 11:00 am at the CHILES-LAMAN FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, EASTSIDE CHAPEL. Officiating the service will be Pastor Scott Dove. Burial will be in Preston Cemetery following the service where military honors will be provided by the U.S. Marines and the VFW #1275.
Friends may visit on Monday from 2-8 pm at the EASTSIDE CHAPEL. Memorial contributions may be made to Bridge Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.


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