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Stewart P. Cottle, 64, of Sheridan, Michigan, passed away on January 4, 2020. He was born in Midland, MI on September 2, 1955 to Stanley and Betty (Latter) Cottle. On June 9, 1978 he married Deborah Veldt and they enjoyed serving the Lord together for 41 years.

Stewart attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois, Delta University in Saginaw, Michigan, and Piedmont Bible College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He trained as an aircraft pilot and mechanic and worked for both passenger and freight airlines before teaching aircraft maintenance for several years at Missionary Aviation Institute in Mocksville, North Carolina, Grand Rapids School of the Bible and Music in Lowell, Michigan, and Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan.

Stewart, with his family, spent 20 years living and teaching in Siberia, Russia. His time in Russia was marked by many friendships and much love that extended beyond cultural barriers. He was known by many for his passion for teaching and helping. Most recently, Stewart and Deborah began ministering in the United States with Bibles International in Grand Rapids, MI. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, teaching, and preaching. He never stopped learning new things. Stewart was passionate about restoring things that others considered too broken to repair – both machines and people.

Stewart is survived by his wife Deborah, his father Stanley Cottle, his children Anne (Chris) Hutchens, Sean Cottle, siblings, Carolyn (Allan) Clark, Marilyn (Timothy) Eldridge, Stephen (Daneene) Cottle, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Stewart was predeceased by his mother, Betty Cottle.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at Calvary Baptist Church (6100 Perrine Rd. Midland, MI) with Pastors Stephen Cottle and Jim Barrett officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 5-7 pm at Smith-Miner Funeral Home (2700 W Wackerly St. Midland, MI) and at the church on Wednesday from 10 am until the time of service. A graveside service will be held at Alamo Center Cemetery (7901 N. 6th St. Kalamazoo, MI) at 11am on Thursday January 16th.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Bibles International, Lifeline – General Projects Program.

Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Cottle family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.

Condolence Messages

  1. Thangboi lupho hangmi

    07 February 2020 2 years ago

    Sorry for the lost remember I mourn with you and pray for you and your family.
    May our good God bless you and strengthen you, and use you more in days to come.

  2. Ted Coats

    22 January 2020 2 years ago

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I remember his zeal and passion for the ministry when he would speak of it at Calvary Baptist in Midland, MI. Heaven keeps getting fuller and sweeter! May the LORD carry and bless you through the parting and sorrow of this temporary separation.

  3. Heidi Heideman

    15 January 2020 2 years ago

    Dear Anne and Cottle Family,
    Daniel and I were so saddened to hear of your dad’s passing. We will be keeping you and your sweet family in our prayers and hearts.
    Love in Him,
    Daniel and Heidi Heideman

  4. Michael Dilts

    15 January 2020 2 years ago

    An Irish Funeral Prayer
    Death is nothing at all.
    It does not count.
    I have only slipped away into the next room.
    Everything remains as it was.
    The old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
    Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
    Call me by the old familiar name.
    Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
    Put no sorrow in your tone.
    Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
    Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
    Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
    Let it be spoken without effort
    Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was.
    There is unbroken continuity.
    Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
    I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner.
    All is well. Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
    One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
    How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting, when we meet again.

  5. Tim casper

    14 January 2020 2 years ago

    Chris and I mourn with you and rejoice with you!! We are so thankful that we were about to spend a few hours together in October of 2019. It was a joy to hear Stewart and you share about your wonderful time in Irkutsk. We have not stopped praying for you, Sean. Anne & Chris……

  6. Chris & Tom Newcomer

    13 January 2020 2 years ago

    Anne, Tom and I are praying for you and your family during this time.

  7. Nancy and Tristan Frazier

    11 January 2020 2 years ago


    We are praying for you and your family every day. We love you.

  8. Pastor and Barbara Sundberg

    11 January 2020 2 years ago

    Our hearts are broken for you, Deb, Anne and Sean. We have so many wonderful memories of times spent with your family over the past 25+years. There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for you, even while knowing that Stewart is in a far better place with his Savior. Having lost our own son (at the same age as Stew) just two months ago, we’re well acquainted with the shock and adjustments that your family will need to walk through. We’re praying daily for you and entrusting you to our Father’s loving comfort and care. Our desire is to be with you in person, but our age and declining health prohibit that. Please know that we love you and are so thankful to have known and loved Stew.

  9. Ken and Sharon Loveall, BMM PEP

    10 January 2020 2 years ago

    We will be praying for your family in the days ahead. May God’s grace comfort and strengthen you.

  10. Lisa Ferrid

    09 January 2020 2 years ago

    Im so very sorry for your loss. It was quite a shock. But what a legacy Stewart left behind. Huggs Deb. Im comforted by the thought that he is having a grand reunion.

  11. Mike Pocock

    08 January 2020 2 years ago

    Dear Anne, All of us here in the World Missions and Intercultural Studies Department, join in both grieving with you over your Dad’s passing at a relatively early age. We did not know him, but he sounds like the kind of man I would enjoy knowing. I praise God for his exemplary life of service to the Lord and the fine daughter he raised in you, Anne. Warmly in Him. Mike Pocock

  12. Shari Campbell

    08 January 2020 2 years ago

    Absent from the body, present with the LORD. What joy to imagine Stewart fully in our Father’s presence and able to look at the face of Jesus. But for our broken hearts here! Trusting in God’s grace to hold you, sweet sister and family!! What a blessing you all have been to so many!!!

  13. Karla Ford

    08 January 2020 2 years ago

    I will miss Stewart’s laugh, hearing him tell stories, and his infectious joy. He died far too soon. I wish that we had had a chance to introduce you to the kids God gave us. I know that they would have loved him too. May God’s peace and comfort envelope you during this time of morning and then adjustment. It might take awhile, as it’s kind of a new form of culture shock. Hopefully couching it in those terms will give you a helpful perspective as you walk this new path. I’m always available to talk if you need to. Love, Karla, Kirk, Kaleb & Katelyn Ford

  14. Diana Halvorsen

    08 January 2020 2 years ago

    Deb, We are praying for you and your family. I personally am stunned and broken hearted. Love and hugs to you my friend. Until we meet with Stewart again.. May God hold you close. Love in Christ, Diana Halvorsen

  15. Brenda Wedgewood

    08 January 2020 2 years ago

    So sorry to learn of this. So happy that Stewart and Deborah got to be with us for our missions conference last Oct at ELBC. Praying for the family.

  16. Teresa Pinch Bateman

    07 January 2020 2 years ago

    Our love to the Cottle and Veldt families. We wish we could be there with you.

  17. Dan and Marsha Haynes, Faith Baptist Mission, Niger

    07 January 2020 2 years ago

    I am hindered both by grief and lack of verbal expression to offer the heartfelt condolences and loving sympathy that I feel in my soul. Stewart was not just a brother in Christ, but a faithful warrior and fellow missionary servant. His loss will be felt by countless individuals both here and overseas. May the legacy of his love for God and commitment to missions live on in the lives of those he has inspired over the many years. And may Christ be magnified as much and yes even more through his death as through his well spent life.

    Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

    May the Lord truly be our strength and portion even as He is for Stewart right now.

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