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In Memory

Barry Cotterman

Barry W. Cotterman, age 61 of Fairborn, OH, passed away Monday, January 19, 2015, at his home after a lengthy battle with ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). He was born October 17, 1953, Dayton, OH, to parents, Wilbur and Kathleen Byers Cotterman. He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Karen S. Cotterman Ledbetter; and granddaughter, Makenzie Grace Cotterman. 
Surviving are his beloved wife of 33 years, Melinda Lykins Cotterman of Fairborn, OH; two  devoted sons, Chris (Jennifer) Cotterman of New Carlisle, OH; Craig (Jenica) Cotterman of Oreana, IL; and cherished and only daughter, Brandy R. Cotterman (Jeremy) Lay of Mansfield, OH. Also surviving are his sister, Connie (Jim) Bittner of Enon, OH; brother-in-law, Larry (Dianne) Ledbetter of Concord, NC; ten grandchildren, Courtney, Maddix, Emily, Capri, Conor, Gabrielle, Cooper, Brennan, Orion, and Maia; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
From 1972-2005, Barry was employed by General Motors, retiring as a group leader. He was a faithful member of Faircreek Church, Fairborn, OH. A certified scuba diver, he was an avid drag racer at Kil-Kare Speedway for 14 years and enjoyed camping with family and friends, traveling, water-skiing, and biking.
With his infectious smile and determined spirit, Barry was an inspiration. Active in fund-raising and increasing awareness for The ALS Association, Barry was an amazing husband, warm and loving father, doting grandfather, loyal brother, dedicated uncle, and trusted friend. 
The family wishes to extend a special thank you and deep appreciation to the individuals at Hospice of Dayton, The ALS Association-Central and Southern Ohio Chapter, and Burcham Jennings Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations in Barry Cotterman’s memory made be made to the following:
The ALS Association
In Memory of Barry Cotterman
The ALS Association Central and Southern Ohio Chapter
1170 Old Henderson Road, Suite 221
Columbus, OH  43220
(614) 273-2572
(866) 273-2572
CELEBRATION of LIFE: Saturday, January 31, 2015, 1:00 p.m.
Faircreek Church
2400 Faircreek Ridge Drive
Fairborn, OH 45324
(937) 879-1598
Condolences: www.BurchamJennings

This is the bucket challenge we did in Late August 2014. We had fun that day!

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01/19/15 10:44 PM #1    

Camille Brown

Barry you will be greatly missed by all who new you. I'm sure you will be hitting home runs and coaching on God's team. May your family and friends find peace.

01/20/15 10:01 AM #2    

Stephen Gillenwater

Barry, you were my best friend from the time we were 3 years old. I always cherished your friendship and even after we grew up and grew apart I always considered you my best friend. You were always the kind, considerate, loving person that everyone wanted to be friends with. I hope you and your family can now find peace from this devastating disease. Be at peace my friend and enjoy eternity in the arms of the Lord. Love You, Steve and Tina


01/20/15 11:27 AM #3    

Brenda Crank

Barry, having a last name beginning with "C", was always in my home room within a couple of seats of me. I remember him well and will always think of him as he was then. My condolences to his family.


01/21/15 02:45 PM #4    

Arthur (Art) Brownlee

Rest in Peace Barry. Steve and you and I had many memories from school to church to neighborhood friends.Say hello to all those who have gone and tell them all to smile with you.Now safe in the arms of God!

03/07/15 07:16 AM #5    

Sherman Patrick (Class Of 1970)

So many times we take for granted the simple things in life. Barry you can rest assured, you lived your life to the fullest. It was an honor to be your classmate. Go with The Lord my friend. 

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