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George Henry Cotter

1926 - 2012 | Obituary Condolences
George Henry Cotter Obituary
George Henry Cotter
Aug. 1, 1926 - May 2, 2012

"There are far far better things ahead than any we leave behind"
CS Lewis
George Henry Cotter passed away peacefully on Wednesday May 2, 2012, age 85 at Roseville Kaiser Hospital with his two sons at his side. George was mentally sharp and quick witted up to the last days of his life. George was born in Prescott Arizona to Walter and Lois Cotter on Aug. 1, 1926.
He is survived by his older brother, Eugene Cotter; two sons Walter Richard Cotter (Jane) and Kevin George Cotter (Susan); grandchildren, Caleb Cotter, Jordan Cotter, and Abigail Cotter; five nieces and nephews; two step-grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren.
George was a WWII veteran, ran track at Baylor University, and at the age of 23 married Barbara Gene Maxwell in Richmond. In 1959 the family relocated to Yuba City. In 1969, after being married for 20 years, George and Barbara parted ways.
George's careers included being a pipe fitter for the Santa Fe Railroad, sales engineer for Armco Drainage and Metal Products, truck driver for Mayflower Moving Co., and for more than 30 years, owner of All-Co Drainage and Building Products in Woodland.
George was a charter member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Yuba City and served for more than 25 years on the Woodland Invitational Track Committee. He was highly involved in Kiwanis as a life member with many years of perfect attendance and was instrumental in the creation of the Kiwanis Family House at the UC Davis Med Center.
His passions were travel, fishing, crossword puzzles, flying his own plane, and cribbage (he competed several years in the annual World Championship Cribbage Tournament). He had a great sense of humor. He had an engaging personality. He was a consummate gentleman.
Join us in celebrating George's life at the Woodland Hotel, 436 Main St., Woodland, at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 16, with a reception to follow.
Published in Daily Democrat from May 9 to June 8, 2012
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