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James Cottongim

Cottongim, James E. “Cotton”, age 72, of Middletown, OH passed away January 31, 2017 at his home surrounded by family.  He was born April 26, 1944 to the late Chester A. and Jessie K. (Allen) Cottongim, Sr.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother.   He served in the Vietnam War from 1966-67, was a member of the 1st Battalion 9th Marines the “Walking Dead”, and was awarded the Purple Heart.  He retired in 2000 from Delco Moraine, division of GM after 32 years, and was a lifelong resident of Madison Township.  Cotton faithfully served his community as a special deputy for Butler County Sheriff Department for 8 years, was a volunteer fireman for Madison Township for 40 years and served as Fire Chief twice.  He was also the chief for the first Madison Township Life Squad and coached many years at the Madison Sports Club. He is survived by his wife Janet Zehring Cottongim; two daughters, Missy Cottongim of West Chester, OH and Jill (Jay) Howard of Germantown, Ohio; three grandchildren Jim (Amy) Bolen,  Julia Howard, and Jayden Howard; two brothers Chester A. Cottongim Jr. and Norman (Phyllis) Cottongim; sister in-laws Jane (Rife) Denlinger and Anna Cottongim, brother in-law Randy Zehring and numerous nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Arpp & Root Funeral Home, 29 N Main St. Germantown with Pastor Tim Rech officiating, burial immediately following at Germantown Union Cemetery.  The family will receive friends on Friday, February 3 from 5:00-8:00PM.

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janet &family we found out about jim's passing to late to come .if we can do any thing let us know .you have our deepist sympathy.love bob&carla

bob&carla hale Feb 5 2017 12:00 AM

Janet and family, please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.May your warm and loving memories be great comfort to you during this difficult time.

Patti Moreland Ring Feb 4 2017 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of your passing.May God be with your family at this time.

Hazel Potter Feb 3 2017 12:00 AM

Janet my love to you and family.Jim was a wonderful person, so very special.Salt and pepper shakerswill alwaysremind me of him.I'm here of you need anything.

julie griffie Feb 3 2017 12:00 AM

Cotton was one of a kind and will be greatly missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him.He tried to pretend he was a rough and tough guy but he loved his family tremendously, that much was very obvious.He either made you laugh or shake your head in disbelief with the tall tale he just told.More than likely it was a little of both.Cotton you leave a huge void in this world and it will be a much quieter without your presence. Love, Dan, Lisa, Chris and Emily

Lisa Grise Bell Feb 3 2017 12:00 AM

Jim should be remembered for his hundreds of hours of volunteered work at the VeteransMemorial Museum in Germantown. It was his passion and he did much work that few are aware of. His love for veterans and their history was an all consuming passion.

Randy and Kathy Cornetty Feb 3 2017 12:00 AM

Janet and Family, please accept my deepest and heart felt sympathy for your loss.

Clarence Mullins Feb 3 2017 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss. He will missed. I know how much you cared for your Father. Bruce Cottingim

Bruce Cottingim Feb 3 2017 12:00 AM

To the Cotton gimme Family: Had the pleasure to work with Jim at the sheriff's office for many years ... such a great man and friend. May your memories of Jim live on forever and may he rest in peace.

Doug Crawford, retired BCSO Feb 2 2017 12:00 AM

Memorial Angel was sent by Winston and Judy Hook.With love and sympathy.We are sorry that we cannot attend the Services. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We love you Jay and Jill Howard. Winston and Judy hook

Winston Hook Feb 2 2017 12:00 AM

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