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.