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Dale E. Cottrell

February 20, 1928 — November 19, 2020

A graveside service for Dale Edwin Cottrell, 92, of Chariton will be held Monday, November 23, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the Russell Cemetery. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Due to Iowa's mandate, facemasks are required. Only 15 visitors will be allowed in the facility at the same time. You may join the family remotely by viewing the service on Dale Edwin Cottrell was born to Carl and Margaret Cottrell on February 20, 1928 near Woodburn, Iowa. He departed this life peacefully surrounded by his family on November 19, 2020. He attended rural schools near Osceola, and then moved south of Russell, Iowa. He attended Liberty #4, a rural school, and graduated from Russell High School with a Normal Training certificate. He taught rural schools: Mauk School in Lucas County and Rabbit Hill School in Wayne County. He was only 17 years old when he began teaching, and was only a few years older than some of his students. He then decided that teaching was not what he wanted to do with his life, and he desired to farm. On February 14, 1947, he married Fern Sellers and purchased his first farm a few miles north of Confidence, Iowa. After a few years on that farm, he purchased a larger farm a few miles south and continued to farm. He raised corn, beans, hay, cattle, sheep, hogs, and chickens. After a few years, he decided to focus on stock cattle and hay. He especially enjoyed working with his cattle and was very proud of his basically Black Angus cattle herd. During the haying seasons over the years, he employed approximately 26 young boys and girls in the hay fields including his girls and son-in-laws. He enjoyed building and repurposing buildings and machinery. Every building on his farm was either built or remodeled to suit his farming operation including building a new house for his family. He also helped build new houses for all three of his daughters and their families. Dale loved to read and enjoyed non-fiction books and could remember and share the stories with his families and friends. He enjoyed traveling and every summer managed to take his family on vacation. Some vacations were only for a few days, but others were longer. He traveled to almost all the states including Alaska and Hawaii. This instilled a love of travel for his children. In later years, he really enjoyed taking rides in the country with his daughters, particularly checking out dirt and abandoned roads. As his body began to fail, his mind remained strong. Possessing an incredible memory, he was not only a great source of information, but entertainment too. Recently, one grandson made an accurate comment, "If we have grandpa, we don't need Google." Always a willing helper for neighbors, friends, and relatives, he and Fern were awarded "The Good Neighbor Award in Wayne County." He was a man who simply lent a helping hand to others. Dale served on several committees and boards, including Farm Bureau, ASCS, Pork Producers, and the Cattlemen Association, and was a township clerk. In 1997, after moving to their new home in Chariton, he delivered Meals on Wheels. Participating in the activities of the Chariton River Valley Antique Tractor Club was a great joy for him. He was preceded in death by his spouse, Fern; his parents; an infant brother; and an older sister, Ethel Prough Printy. Survivors include three daughters: Linda (Larry) Chase of Chariton, Joyce (Mike) Thomas of Centerville, and Janet (Dewey) Abrahamson of Rathbun; grandchildren: Michelle (Dave) Hyman of Keota, Brenda (Brian) Kotewa of Bellingham, Washington, Anne (Tim) Ryan of Seymour, Lisa Taylor of Cincinnati, Ohio, Brian (Dottie) Abrahamson of Ankeny, Megan (Felix) Munoz of Cedar Rapids, and Sara (James) Davidson of Granger; great-grandchildren: Laura, Justin, and Christopher Abrahamson, Cortney, Matthew, and Branden Hyman, Julia and Gabe Kotewa, Yesmina Lloyd, Leah Rinchiuso, Braxtyn and Degan Ryan, Giana Dantzler, Levi, Will, and Olivia Munoz, and Genevieve Davidson; sister, Doris (Ron) Christensen; sisters-in-law: Dorothy Sellers, Marilyn (Jack) James, and Wretha Paige. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the local libraries, Every Step Hospice of Knoxville, or the Chariton River Valley Antique Tractor Club. Cemetery Details Russell Cemetery Russell, IA 50238


NOV 23. 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CST)

Pierschbacher Funeral Homes - Chariton

914 Roland Ave

Chariton, IA 50049

[email protected]

Graveside Service

NOV 23. 10:30 AM (CST)

Russell Cemetery

Russell, IA 50238

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