Earl E. Kottwitz

EDGEWATER, Fla., - Earl E. Kottwitz, of Edgewater, formerly of Jean Street, Franklinville, N.Y., went to heaven Monday (Oct. 1, 2012) at the Bert-Fish Memorial Hospital in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., surrounded by his family.
Born Oct. 8, 1937, in Olean, he was a son of Reinhold and Adeline Struble Kottwitz.
He attended Ten Broeck Academy in Franklinville until 1954, when he entered the U.S. Army and became a member of the 101st Airborne. He returned home and married Brenda I. Hall, of Franklinville, where they raised a family.
Mr. Kottwitz worked several small jobs, then opened Kottwitz Collision shop with his brother, David. After many successful years there, in 1974 he began employment at Franklinville Central School as an assistant bus mechanic, bus driver, coach and sports chaperon. While working at the school, he loved, supported, coached, cheered on and gave advice to many students. Superintendant Mr. Watcher once told him that "his blood ran blue and gold." The kids were his top priority. He took them to and from school and sporting events. He was even known to do a donut or two. In 2000, he retired and moved to Edgewater, where he lived until his death.
Mr. Kottwitz was an active member of the community. He was a lifetime member of the Franklinville VFW post 9487, Conservation Club, the I.O.O.B No. 1517 and the American Legion No. 626, all of Franklinville. He was also a member of the Edgewater American Legion and an exempt member of the Franklinville Volunteer Fire Department.
Earl was a big fan of the Barracudas football team. His grandson, Joshua, is a starter on defense.
Earl, with the help of a few friends, started and coached the Franklinville youth football team. He also coached JV Football and was an assistant to the varsity team. He also coached the "Earl's girls" powder puff football team. He was a key member of the sports booster club, and he volunteered with Franklinville's spirit of Christmas delivery.
Surviving besides his wife are two sons, Robert D. Kottwitz of Arcade, N.Y., and Charles (Julie Blakeslee) Kottwitz of Edgewater; two daughters, Kim (Mark) Price and Kathleen Kottwitz, both of Franklinville, N.Y.; six grandchildren, Amanda, Eric, Joshua, Devin, Brandon and Libby; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ronald (Mary Alice) Kottwitz and David (Barb) Kottwitz, both of Franklinville, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a son, Earl "Hughy" (Danelle) Kottwitz Jr., in 2002; and a sister, Sylvia (David) Hagen.
Friends may gather with the family on Wednesday (Oct. 10, 2012) from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Babbitt & Easton Funeral Home, 7 N. Main St., Franklinville.
Funeral services will be held Thursday (Oct. 11, 2012) at noon at the First Baptist Church of Franklinville, 27 S. Main St., with the Rev David Fisher officiating.
Burial with military honors will follow at Mt. Prospect Cemetery in Franklinville.
Memorials may be made to the Earl Kottwitz Blue & Gold Fund, c/o Community Bank, 13 Park Sq., Franklinville, NY 14737. Online condolences may be sent to www.babbitteastonfh.com.

Published in The Olean Times Herald from Oct. 3 to Oct. 9, 2012