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Thomas W. Cottrell Jr.

DANVILLE: Officer Thomas W. (Tommy) Cottrell Jr., age 34, passed away on January 17, 2016 in Danville, Ohio in the line of duty. He was born August 22, 1981 in Newark, Ohio. He was a 2000 graduate of Newark High School and received his degree in Criminal Justice from COTC in 2002. After graduation Tommy began his career in law enforcement.

Tommy is survived by life partner Tanya Rayburn; loving mother Melissa Osborn of Ohio; daughters Courtney, Brooklyn and Alycia Cottrell; step sons Cody and Trevor Elliott; sister Nicole (Donald) Kohlmier of GA and nephew Luca; maternal grandmother Linda Thwaits as well as many friends. Tommy was preceded in death by his grandfather Thomas Thwaits.

Funeral services for Officer Cottrell will be held on the campus of OSU/COTC - Adena Hall, Newark 11:00 A.M. Saturday, January 23, 2016. Interment will follow at Wilson Cemetery. The family will receive friends and acquaintances 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Friday at Brucker-Kishler Funeral Home, 985 N 21st Street, Newark.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in the name of Tom Cottrell Jr. for a COTC Scholarship Fund for those involved in law enforcement is being established C/O First Knox Bank.

Online condolences to the family may be sent via www.brucker-kishlerfuneralhome.com by clicking Obituaries/guestbook entry.






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Published in Advocate on Jan. 21, 2016.
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January 10, 2017
February 21st, 2016, at your first annual 5K run & 1-mile fun walk, Danville, Ohio
It's coming up on the first anniversary of your death; I pray your family and friends are able to focus on all the great living you got done, and all the wonderful things you did, during the 34 years you graced this earth with your presence. It's clear to me that you are one of those rare souls that pack so much good into a brief time. Your smile, good deeds and love will live for all time, and that, to those that remain behind, is such a huge blessing! God bless you, Tom, as you blessed so many others during your life!
Julie Kay & Sweet Prince Smithson
January 28, 2016
Bryan Adams- Never Let Go - Police Tribute https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LL0SJrUUj2o#
loriann silliman
January 27, 2016
To the Family .. So sorry for your loss Officer Cottrell was loved by so many and admired by all who knew him .You deserve all the love and support that family and friends can give and know that the One who made all of us really cares for you just look to Him..
January 26, 2016
Dear Tanya and family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you in my prayers. I did not know you and Officer Cottell were together until I saw you in an interview. My thoughts go out to all of you. Such a loss.
Connie Toney
January 25, 2016
we all miss you very much now you are with the lord
Joy Browne
January 24, 2016
May the Cottrell family find peace and comfort through this horrible loss. I am very sorry for your loss.
Danielle Bravard
January 23, 2016
RIP. Prayers for your family.
Cindy Williams
January 23, 2016
Thank u for your service Prayers to your family.
Melissa Daniels
January 23, 2016
Prayers for family and fiends may God comfort your hearts
Was loved by many will be missed
Thank you officer cottrell for your service
Doug Shields
January 23, 2016
Condolences to the family. Our peace and prayers are with you.
Jim and Karen Reitz, Pataskala, Ohio
Jim and Karen Reitz
January 23, 2016
I'm very sorry for u lost .its really sad
Peggy Farnsworth
January 23, 2016
May peace be with you in this time of need ! God bless all of you !
mike carter
January 23, 2016
My deepest sympathy to all of Officer Cottrell's family and friends. My heart breaks for you all. May he RIP.
Judy Eastman
January 23, 2016
Prayers to an amazing family. Rip Tom
Tina Mcintire
January 23, 2016
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
January 23, 2016
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
January 23, 2016
I know this will be a trying time today and many more to come, but always remember that our God is a good God and he will fix it, so cry a little laugh a little but most of all pray a lot, i did,nt know this young man, but i have to say this touch me, down in my soul, God Bless and Keep you and the family.
judy byrd
January 23, 2016
From everyone at the Granville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, RIP Officer Cottrell,we all have your back now. God has another Angel soaring over us. AP1 Brenda S. Cole, OSHP Granville
Brenda Cole
January 23, 2016
I did not know Officer Tom nor his family, friends or co-workers, but the power of his loving, dedicated personality shines through all the news coverage of his death. He surely lives forever through the way he lived his life. He got so much living done in 34 years! God is blessing him & all his loved ones now by showing just how great a man he was. May this bring everyone comfort, solace, and, in time, joy. Though sadness brought me to learn of him, it is the way he lived that keeps his memory alive forever!
Julie Kay Smithson
January 23, 2016
Richard &Dawn Bowser
January 23, 2016
kathy branch
January 23, 2016
peace&prayers to the entire family.Jim & Karen Reitz
January 23, 2016
Cottrell Family and friends,

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rest in Peace Brother.

Jimmy Mathews, Ret. Akron PD
January 23, 2016
Prayers to his family and friends. Thank you for your service, may you rest in peace.
Kayla Carver
January 23, 2016
OFFICER COTTRELL...YOUR SACRIFICE WILL BE REMEMBERED. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE A HERO IN MY HEART AND MIND. I APPRECIATE YOUR SERVICE. REST IN PEACE.
RETIRED OSP SGT STAN VINT
January 23, 2016
Bobbie Watts
January 23, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers go out to this family.
Dawn and Doug Pri4
January 23, 2016
This day you surely are in the presence of our lord. Your family can be at peace in that knowledge. I pray for your friends and family, that they have peace in the knowledge that they will see you again. God bless your friends and family.
Donna Brown
January 22, 2016
SORRY TO FAMILY OF TOM, I LOVED HIM LIKE A SON,
PHYLLIS MOORE
January 22, 2016
Thank You
Tyler and Crystal Batross
January 22, 2016
Prayers to his family and friends..
Dan Muston
January 22, 2016
From a retired fellow Officer in Law Enforcement...rest in peace. ..God Speed...My thoughts and prayers to the Family. ..Friends and Fellow Officers of Officer Cottrell. ..
Terry Wheeler
January 22, 2016
So sorry for the loss of Officer Cottrell.All our prayers sent to Danville from Wadsworth, Ohio
January 22, 2016
I've been praying for you.
Bobbie Dudash
January 22, 2016
May you rest in peace and prayers to your family
Cindy Holman
January 22, 2016
Prayers for Office Cottrell's family and friends.
Carole Whealdon
January 22, 2016
To the Cottrell Family and friends and to the community of Danville,
Please accept our sincerest condolences. May you find comfort through the Lord, Jesus.
Your neighbors to the east,
The Wilmot Police Department and the Village of Wilmot, Ohio
January 22, 2016
May you Rest in Peace Officer Thomas Cottrell.
Julie Ogg Deputy Clerk
January 22, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Paula Rodriguez
January 22, 2016
Sending love and good thoughts to Officer Cottrell's family and friends. Rest in peace, sir.
January 22, 2016
TO THE FAMILY OF OFFICER TOM COTTRELL.
SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. HE LOST HIS LIFE TO YOUNG.. HEAVEN GAINED ANOTHER ANGEL TO WATCH OVER EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU.
M.L. HEATH OHIO
January 22, 2016
Patricia Schooler
January 22, 2016
Gary Adzic
January 22, 2016
Meagan & Matt Proctor
January 21, 2016
Rest in peace officer cottrel..always will be a hero God bless
Christina Speakma
January 21, 2016
I'm so sorry for your loss. He now rests in Heaven. Your loved one is a hero.
T M
January 21, 2016
Want to send out prayers for the Cottrell family. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Mohican Youth Academy
Glynis Haney
January 21, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with all his family - blood and badge. My hope is that in time all the wonderful things I've heard about him will give his families comfort and remind them he will always be with them.
January 21, 2016
Heath City Council
January 21, 2016
My deepest sympathies to Officer Cottrell's family, friends, and his department. With four uncles who've served as officers and one as a firefighter, I grew up knowing the risk they took while serving and protecting our communities. I am so very sorry for your loss. I offer my prayers, thanks and respect.
Diane Gannaway-Frye
January 21, 2016
Linda, IM SO SORRY FOR THE PAIN FULL HEART ACHE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE GOING THRU, RIGHT NOW MANY CONDOLENCES
Kim Legge
January 21, 2016
IM SO SORRY FOR LOSS OF THIS YOUNG MAN , AND PAIN YOUR FAMILY IS GOING THRU AS WELL AS LAW ENFORCEMENT FAMILY
Kim Legge
January 21, 2016
You are in gods loving arms thank you you helped so many prayers for family and friends god bless
mary williams
January 21, 2016
I feel blessed to have known Tom, he was a funny guy, full of life .you will be missed, of this I'm sure.proud to have called you brother in law.sing with the Angels Tom.
connie Lynch
January 21, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with this young officers family. Mh son is a police officer and I know the danger that is around them daily. God is holding him now and may god give comfort to those that loved this wonderful hero.
mindy peddicord
January 21, 2016
Melissa and family. My deepest condolences on the loss of Tommy. I remember you talking about Nicole and him when we worked together. Prayers to your family.
Kathy Feightner
January 21, 2016
Bobby Sarver
January 21, 2016
Thank you for your service. May God comfort your family with his love.
Debbie
January 21, 2016
My heart aches for this young man and his family. I remember him from NHS. I have two sons that are officers. My prayers go out for his family and friends.
Alecia Walker
January 21, 2016
Rest in peace this is so sad and senseless condolences to family
Walter Marcum
January 21, 2016
My heartfelt condolences for the family of Officer Cottrell
Jennifer Craft-Englefield
January 21, 2016
God Bless you and your family thank you for your service
Linda Miles
January 21, 2016
I didn't know Tom. He was starting his career when I retired from the Mount Vernon Police Dept. in 2003. The law enforcement in Knox County is a tight group. All of them would go to the aid of anyone wherever they are in the county. My condolences to Tom's family, his co-workers and to everyone whose lives were touched by him. May he rest in peace.
Wayne Butler
January 21, 2016
M Smith
January 21, 2016
With deepest sympathy.
Cindy Larson
January 21, 2016
Don't think me gone, but away, though I wish I could stay,
I'm not there, but our love did not end.
We had faith, we had love, sure as God is above
I feel your love from here that you send.
Rest In Peace Officer Cottrell
Roberts
January 21, 2016
Thank you for being the best father and mentor I have ever had. I love you daddy and I know you are watching over us. Fly high! I love you!
Brook Cottrell
January 21, 2016
Marcella Ball
January 21, 2016
To the family I did not know officer Cottrell but wanted to say how sorry I am. He lost is life in the line of duty, a hero in my book. Prayers n hugs!
Robin Wheeler
January 21, 2016
Thank you for your service to your communities.I am praying for your family friends and loved ones who gave the ultimate sacrifice as well. <3
Ronica Bradley
January 21, 2016
I've never met Officer Cottrell, but I am sending prayers of comfort to his family. Thank you sir, for protecting the community you lived in. R.I.P.
Cathy Ponsi
January 21, 2016
I just moved to Danville only 8 months ago and got to know him by his waving hand as we sit on the porch and a smile on his face.. I don't personally know him but always seen him .. I want to send out , Prayers and Heartfelt Sympathy to the family of this very loving and caring man..
Roger and Ellen Bloomfield
January 21, 2016
wally Moran
January 21, 2016
Hero
Tom
January 21, 2016
Dear Melissa and Nicole my sadness of your loss of Tommy has been with me since I first heard his name this week. Through employment Melissa and I chatted about her family, she is so proud. I also met Tommy as he worked to pay for his education. May you gain strength and love from the very powerful support of the law enforcement community, they are wonderful men and women. Sincere Sympathy and compassion to you all
Becky Shannon
January 21, 2016
God Bless and love this brave man..
Paula Barnett
January 21, 2016
My heart hurts for all who knew Tom. I met him at Cherry Valley when he was in 4th or 5th grade. What a wonderful guy. He was in the Space Quiz program that I coached. He was so helpful and encouraging to the other students involved. What a waste that his life was cut short. He had so much to give. Love you and miss you Tom. Praying for your children and family.
Mable Broughton
January 21, 2016
RIH. Thoughts and prayers for your family.
Shella Miller
Shella Miller
January 21, 2016
January 21, 2016
praying for your entire family~ may the Lord comfort you all
Lin Moore
January 21, 2016
I never met Officer Cottrell but I wanted to convey my sorrow and sympathy to his family and friends and to his fellow officers. God Speed.
Teresa Mello
January 21, 2016
RIP, Tom! You will be sadly missed!
Liz Koegle
January 21, 2016
Our Love, Thoughts , Prayers and Heartfelt Sympathy and Gratitude are with all whom were blessed to have this " TRUE HERO " touch their lives ! God Bless , Sincerely , Loriann
lori silliman
January 21, 2016
" A TRUE HERO ! "
lori silliman
January 21, 2016
So very sorry for the loss of your loved one. He will remain a HERO in all our memories. Thoughts and prayers for strength to those who knew and loved him.
Netta Balo
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