Oh Dean ,
How I miss you so. It seems like yesterday that we were working and laughing together. I have learned so much from youmy good man. I often wonder what project your working on in heaven. Lori and Nancy are good they miss so much. I try my hardest to take care of them. Thanks for the wisdom you send me from heaven it helps alot. Dean it don, t seem possiblethat your gone. Not only did I lose a father in law but I lost a friend. Miss you buddy see you heaven. I will try my best to take care of everybody.
Dear Aunt Lori, Nancy, Brian and Danny,
I am so sorry that it has taken me so long to leave a message here. I have been thinking about you all since Uncle Dean passed away. He was such a kind man; I loved the twinkle in his eye and his knowing smile.
My favorite memory of Uncle Dean is from when I was very young - maybe three years old. My mom brought me home from pre-school and in the living room I found my dad sleeping on the recliner with his socks hanging from his toes. I ran up and jumped on him - he hugged me and played with me for a while... and then... the front door opened and I looked up to see my dad was entering the house. I looked back and forth between the man I was playing with and the man at the door - and they looked identical, and I couldn't figure it out. And then each of the man proceeded to try to convince me that they were my dad! It turns out that Uncle Dean had come to visit and was the one napping on the chair and who I was playing with - my dad was the one who had come home a bit later. I guess at three years old I didn't really understand the concept of identical twins - and it blew my young mind!
Uncle Dean touched my heart with his warmth of spirit. He has left a legacy of love.
With my deepest condolences,
Darryl, sorry to hear about your Uncle. I don't know if you remember me, in the 70's you took me to the SweetCorn Festival and you won me one of those stretched, twisted coke bottle things. We kinda dated I guess. Used to come to your grampa's? house by the library. Any way thought of you a lot over the years, tried looking you up on Facebook and telephone books.. Hope your doing good. And sorry about your uncle. Pam McIntyre
To Dean's family my heart goes out to all. Many times as Dale and I would be traveling, Dale and Dean would be on the phone, of course Dale would hand me the phone and tell me to say Hi to Dean. Dean's voice was a little deeper but the expression's of his speech would be so like his brother! At the end of one call, Dale said, "You know me better than I know myself" and chuckled. I could feel the closeness at that moment in time of the two. The few times I met him he was kind and easy going. Prayers for you strength, Sincerely, Judy Uhte
It seemed like growing up I had two dads. It was great, kind of a two for one. To this day I remember as a child sitting on Grandma Cotton's porch and he would really listen and ask questions about, in this case a conversation we were having about religion. He wanted to know exactly what the nuns were teaching us as they describes the differences between true and false essence. Uncle Dean taught me something that day which I carry to this day. He taught me that to really learn something, to have complete understanding that would stick with you, meant being able to explain it and have an formed opinions of what it is you were discussing. I remember thinking that here was an adult who thought what a kid had to say was important. My love and condolences to his family and those innumerable friends he made over his life. Uncle Dean I'll always remember the gift you gave me and that little twinkle in your eye when you listened to that young boy on grandma's porch. You were the True Essence.
Dear Aunt Lorie, Nancy, Brian and Danny,
I can only imagine how hard it must be to want to hear Uncle Dean's voice and have his reassuring smile and hug. He had a way of making a person feel like everything was going to be alright. I cry for you all knowing the pain you must feel. Just remember his energy and enthusiasm and let that carry you through. He set such a great example for us to live life with zest. I love you all and will never forget my time with the family that welcomed me as one of their own. Love, Chrissy
Dad I love you so very much and I thank you for the wonderful father you always were to me. I will always be your little girl. We will all be together again some day. I miss you dad and I know you have taken our love with you'
I am sorry I could not make it to Dean's service. I worked with Dean for over 15 years at Cat as a contractor and we worked on many projects together. He will be very missed by all.
I will keep your family in my prayers.
Richard Gundrum Dilling Group
I was shocked to hear about Dean's passing when I called on Sat. It is the first time I called, but Dean and I had corresponded through e-mail about the various aspects of the house and how everything worked. I was calling about the water softener this time. We didn't get to know you except on a real estate level, but I did enjoy meeting with you and we are thoroughly enjoying the house! Thank you for keeping it so nice. I do have a card that was sent here, but I don't know your address (?) I pray you will find peace in the ensuing weeks and know you have your family's support. Take care and God bless you, Sandy and Bob Pizzola
Lori and family, John and I are so sorry to hear of Dean's passing. I woulde have loved to see Dean after so many years, and to meet you, Lori. I was so young when I last saw my cousins (I've kept in touch with Dale). You are in our hearts and prayers. Carol (Cotton) & John Locklin
I was so sorry to hear of Dean's passing. We only met a few years back at the Cotton/Cobb reunion in Mendota. I remember Dean as a very sweet man. He will be sadly missed. I'm another one of the long lost cousins! My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Dan & Cindy (Cotton)Mattox
I remember your dad with a smile. You and your family are in my prayers
I am sorry to here of your lose. Praying that God will hold you in his arms during this difficult time.
Nancy, So sorry to hear about your Dad. Your in my thoughts and prayers. Theresa
Brian and Family,
We are all saddened by your loss. Fathers are special people that are the role models of how we want to be living our lives. Your Father may have departed this world, but he will live on in the mannerisms, phrases, and likenesses that he has passed on to all of his children and grandchildren. May you all be comforted every time you see one of your children using a phrase or action that reminds you of your Dad.
All your friends at General Motors
Grandma used to say the following prayer whenever she paid respects to her departed loved ones. We can now say it for you Uncle Dean - her son. You are together once more!
“Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.”
In love and fond remembrance...
Johnny, Chris, Cassidy, Kylie & Brody
Lori and family, Dean and I worked together for many years and he was always a great friend and associate. Cathy and I wish you the greatest of support and future happiness.
Thoughts and prayers to the Cotton Family.
So sorry to hear of Dean's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Doris Wallmann
I am so sorry for your loss.
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
With deepest sympathy, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Lorrie, Nancy, Brian, Danny & all of Dean's siblings, especially Dale,
I am quite saddened to learn of Dean's sudden passng. It was such a delight to meet all you cousins at the Cotton/Cobb reunion in Mendota in 2002. Dean and Lorrie especially made me feel welcome. Lorrie, I appreciate your Christmas cards. I was looking forward to spending more time with Dean at our Cobb reunions in KY and getting to know him better. I'm very disappointed this can't happen. I'm at a loss for words; but just know that I'm keeping you ALL in my prayers for peace, comfort and healing during this very difficult time. Let's stay in touch. Sincerely, Dean's long lost third cousin.
To the Family: God's blessings and comfort to you during this initial time of loss. There is no easy time to say goodbye to a loved one, but may the Lord bring you peace. So sorry for your loss.
You will be greatly missed. So blessed to have had you in our lives.
Thoughts and Prayers,
The Dotter Family
Dan, I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. He was a great man. I used to live down the street from you in Maplewood.
Your family is in my prayers during this difficult time. RIP Dean.
My family and I send our deepest sypmathies to Dean's family and friends. Wegraduated from High School together along with many others who recall Dean as a Gentleman, a friend, and a truly funny person along with his twin brother. My daughter sherry got a chance to meet Dean a few years ago, and under trying circumstances, made a new friend with Dean as he had her so cinfused on whether there was a real twin or not. They becamefast friends right away. That is how Dean was, and Sherry remembers him vividly, and as classmates, we all remeber Dean very well, and will miss him and his friendship, honesty, integrity, and class very much. May you Rest In Peace and walk with the Lord and find Eternal Peace and Glory in God. Our prayers, thoughts, sympathies and memories will always be with you and the ones who loved you the most. Rest in Peace, and God Bless you and your family, loved ones and your classmates who loved you and whose memories will endure forever. Marie Dean Booth-Gowin and Sherry Booth - Boyer.
My father, Charlie Montagnoli owned a grocery store near the Cotton home where Irene was one of his faithful customers. I know all the family and am a classmate of Donna. I send all of you my deep sympathy. As an identical twin myself, I send special thoughts to Dale and can only imagine the grief you are going through. Sandra and I have talked about how hard it is going to be on the one of us left behind. Blessings to all the Cottons.
Madra Montagnoli Fischer
Your family has my deepest sympathy. He was a fine man and a good husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He was well respected by all those who knew him. He and I graduated from MTHS in 1956 and I think of his kind demeanor.
God bless you all and comfort you.
I am so sorry to learn of Dean's passing. Although I met him a few times, I did not know him well. I know the family. I know the name. I recall spending a lot of time visiting the Cottons on 4th Street in Mendota during the 60's. I don't know why other than Irene Mealey was my Mom's (Margaret Kleckner) first cousin and like an Aunt and mother to me. Thinking of you all and especially Bob.
We are so sorry we can't be with you all, at this most difficult time! We have many treasured memories of our families friendship since the 1980's! Our
love, thought and prayers are with you at this time.
Mike & Marcia Follman
Jeff, Melinda, Kayla, and Gabrielle Brown
Mark,Tabitha,Courtney Follman, Michael Wonderly n
In our entire lives we never met a more wonderful human being than Dean. Two months ago I visited with Lorrie & Dean at their beautiful home and I shall never forget the terrific day we had. Dean was like a brother to me, I first met him with Lorrie 56 years ago when I was graduating 8th grade. My sincere sympathies to all his dear ones, especially Lorrie, Nancy, Brian & Danny Cotton. With much love, Cousin Darlene