James F. Cotter, 79
Aug. 17, 1936 -- Oct. 17, 2015
James “Colonel Jimmy” F. Cotter, 79, of West Bend, passed away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. He was born to Desmond and Julia (nee Goretzki) Cotter in Wittenberg on Aug. 17, 1936. James was raised in Barton and graduated from West Bend High School.
Jimmy was an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed gambling, taking cruises and cooking, and is best known for his family pig roasts. He was fun to be around and will always be remembered and appreciated for his jokes, sayings and one-liners. After retirement, Jimmy’s passion turned to auctioneering and he became the proud owner of Cotter Auction Service in West Bend, where he acquired the nickname “The Colonel.” He was a wonderful and caring father and was very proud to serve as a member of the United States Navy.
Jimmy is survived by his special friend, Donna Klumb; children, Tom (Barb) Cotter, Bob (Paula) Cotter, Kathy (Mike) Sebeny and Mike (Theresa) Cotter; grandchildren, Nick Cotter, Andy Cotter, Robert Cotter Jr., Nathan Cotter, Josh Cotter, Brittany Wagner, Tanya Wagner, Michael Sebeny Jr., Jessica Cotter and Julia Cotter; brother, Larry (Nancy) Cotter; and sisters, Sally (Chuckie) Fellenz and Susie (Thomas) Guth. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Collette (Bernie) Kastner and Joanie Strobel; and daughter-in-law, Donna Cotter.
A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, at The Phillip Funeral Home (1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend, WI) with Dan Schroeder presiding. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 3 p.m. until the time of service.
Memorials appreciated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or online at www.phillipfuneralhome.com.