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Stanley Phillip Cottle, 88, of Auburn, Michigan, stepped into the Presence of the Lord on Resurrection Sunday, April 12, 2020, having lived as a faithful husband, father and servant of the Lord. He was born in Selkirk, MI on April 30, 1931 to Myron Russell and Julia Alice (Lathrop) Cottle. On July 1, 1951 he married Betty Jane Latter and they enjoyed a long and happy marriage together for 59 years until she passed into glory December 20, 2010.

Stanley graduated from Ogemaw Hills High School in West Branch, MI and started working at Dow Chemical before being drafted into the Marine Corp during the Korean War. Following basic training in San Diego as his unit was shipping out to Korea, he was attached to the air wing of the Corp, as an air traffic controller, keeping him stateside throughout the rest of the war. He earned the National Defense Service Medal during his active service. Returning home from military service, while still in the Marine Corp Reserves, Stanley resumed work at Dow Chemical and attended a local Bay City business college, earning his CPA. He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps May 7, 1960. He continued to work at Dow Chemical as a warehouse crew leader and served several terms as a Union Steward until his retirement in 1986.

He was an accomplished cabinet maker, carpenter, and worked as a landscaper with His brother. He was good at everything he did, insisting that the job be done correctly and completely the first time. He was a hard worker and taught his family that value. He created new ways of doing things, such as cutting the top off a brand new 1968 Dodge Van to convert it to a pop-top camper, which he then took on a continental tour of the US and Canada with the family.

Stanley loved his family and enjoyed traveling the country, camping, hunting, snowmobiling, fishing, gardening, and playing softball with the family in the back yard. He enjoyed working on his own cars and machinery, helping his sons and grandchildren to repair and rebuild their vehicles as well. He loved telling stories and some of the best times were, when he and his brothers would get together and tell stories and laugh together with everyone.

Stanley loved the Lord Jesus Christ and taught his family to love the Lord, to search the Scriptures for themselves and live faithfully what the Word taught. He was very wise and would encourage his children to be wise about the world. Yet he wanted them to see the world, travel, be ready to go anywhere God wanted them to go and do what God led them to do. He served the Lord in his local church as a Sunday school teacher, head usher, and deacon. He also served his church, neighbors and friends in very practical ways, such as snow plowing and taking the snowmobiles up to Youth Winter retreat to give rides. He enjoyed being with & helping people and many times was the last to leave the church because he was talking. He continued to engage others in friendly conversations right up to the last week of his life.

Stanley was preceded in death by his wife Betty, mother and father, brothers Joseph and Keith, sisters Frances and Emily, sister-in-law Burdeen, son Stewart and grandson Mark Eldridge.

Stanley Cottle is survived by; children Carolyn (Allan) Clark, Marilyn (Timothy) Eldridge, Stephen (Daneene) Cottle, and (Deborah) Cottle, 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren, with two more great grandchildren on the way. He is also survived by siblings; Martin and (JoAnn) Cottle, Paul Cottle, Robert and (Ruth Mary) Cottle, (Dorland) and Ruth Loomis, many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

A Graveside Service will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, April 17, 2020 at Williams Township Cemetery with Pastor Dan Dickerson officiating. Friends are not permitted to attend but may watch the Facebook Live-feed @ www.facebook.com/cbcmidland/. A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Stanley Cottle will be announced at a later time.

Condolence Messages

  1. Melody Sanders-Cook

    16 April 2020 7 months ago

    I never met him, but I had a sense of what he meant to his sons: a great teacher and loving father. I thank The Father for him and the gifts He has given us through him, and I grieve with his family. My prayers are with and for you

  2. Ted & Peggy Coats

    15 April 2020 7 months ago

    I’m sorry to hear that your family has had another loss! But oh, my soul was thrilled when I heard that Stan went to be with Christ on Easter! May the Lord comfort your souls in this time. We send you our deepest condolences.

  3. Diane Dickerson

    15 April 2020 7 months ago

    The Cottles were such a faithful family in our church and I enjoyed friendship with all their children. I always loved seeing Stanley with his sweet smile and will really miss him. This has been such a difficult season, and I will be praying for you all. How thankful we are for the promises we have in Scripture, “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord!” Can you imagine celebrating Resurrection Sunday with our precious Savior!

  4. Ruth(Cottle) Loomis

    15 April 2020 7 months ago

    To my “big “ brother who the whole family loved and respected. Not only his immediate family of children, grand children and great grand children but all of his siblings and their children and great grandchildren respected and loved him. We have lost the patriarch of our family. You taught me so much about life and hard work. I will always cherish the memories of the phone calls over the last ten years and our last conversation on Saturday. I look forward to the time I meet you in Heaven and we will be together again to hear your stories. Your “little “ sister, Ruth

  5. Marilyn Verneris

    15 April 2020 7 months ago

    My sincere condolences to the entire family. I grieve with you all again on yet another loss to the family. I do rejoice in reading this wonderful legacy and that He truly loved the Lord. Xxoo

  6. Dorland Loomis

    14 April 2020 7 months ago

    Stanley Cottle was a person I loved to be around and I had the greatest respect for
    So many good memories across the years
    And thing I will never forget
    He has so many good qualities I admire like his Christian Faith love for his family honesty and love for his church
    Thank you for letting me be a part of your life
    You are in a good place with you family
    God Bless your family
    Dorland

  7. Amy Martin

    14 April 2020 7 months ago

    While I never formally met Mr. Cottle, I shared many waves and smiles as I drove by his home or passed him on the road. We are neighbors at the end of the court. What a nice obituary! I confirm that the snowblowing in front of the Cottle home was the best on the block – never had to worry about getting stuck in his stretch of road. His yard was always well kept, grass mowed and trimmed. Clearly, he was a hard working soul. Our deepest condolences to your family. May God wrap his arms around you and give you comfort. Sincerely, Bill & Amy Martin

  8. Cathy Hoff

    14 April 2020 7 months ago

    What a godly legacy for family to follow! It is so encouraging to see Jesus continue all the way to great grandchildren. May you be at peace knowing you will be reunited someday.

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