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John M. Cotner

March 17, 1945 - July 7, 2023
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It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of John Cotner. To know him was to instantly like him. He was the epitome of a gentleman and never met a stranger. His hearty laugh could become uncontrollable. His word and handshake were as binding as any legal document he wrote. These traits servedContinue Reading

Mary Ramga Howe left a message on September 12, 2023:
I just heard from Carolyn Fast (cousin of mine & John's) about John's death in July. So sorry to hear of this. He was a fun person who I remember fondly from growing up--& at ONU. Blessings on all of you. Mary
Tami Baird left a message on July 23, 2023:
Cheryl and family, Our thoughts and prayers continue with all of you. John will be remembered for his friendly greeting, his smile and kindness. May you all find comfort and peace in the positive memories. God bless you all, The Baird Family
Cyndy and Steve Shreffler left a message on July 21, 2023:
We have missed John in Troy, OH the last few years since he settled in NC. John was a true legal professional, but for us a terrific friend. Besides being highly intelligent, he was a well rounded and really a fun loving guy, John was always willing to meet people at their level...uplifting and level headed at all times.
Rob and Connie Walker left a message on July 20, 2023:
We were so very sorry to hear of the passing of John. We have fond memories and shared so very fun times with him when we were living in Troy. We send our condolences to all the family. We know he will be missed.
Susan Pfenning-Rice left a message on July 19, 2023:
My condolences to the family on the passing of John. Remembering him makes me smile and chuckle. We lost touch after HS graduation, but he was a huge part of my and my younger sisters' enjoyment of childhood days as we spent countless happy hours on the grounds of his father's building and supply company climbing the coal piles, the brick piles, the buildings, and even the trains that offloaded supplies. It was our personal amusement park. Luckily we roamed there freely with our neighbor playmate "Johnny." He was always fun and full of adventure! I am glad to know that his love of and involvement with "life" never changed.
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Kriss Pfenning Havens left a message on July 19, 2023:
My sisters and I grew up in the same neighborhood with John. Spent many happy hours playing around the coal yard that his dad owned. We played together almost every day as we lived right across the alley from Cotner’s. He was so much fun and quiet mischievous! So very sorry for your loss. We will always remember him. Quite a Guy! ❤️
Bill & Gareth left a message on July 18, 2023:
Smile on our face,,,, had some fun times ,,,,
Angela Hermann left a message on July 18, 2023:
I grew up with Matt in Westbrook neighborhood... And we use to play and went to School together went to each other's houses and I remember Mr . Cotner with his nice smile and being a nice friendly man my condolences to the family.. Heaven has surely gained a true Angel ?
Jon Shuler left a message on July 18, 2023:
John and I were best friends when I was 5 years old. We moved away the next year but I never forgot him. Rest in peace dear man.
Pamela & Steven Rees left a message on July 17, 2023:
Cheryl and family we are so sorry for the loss of John . You are in our thoughts and prayers
Matthew Cotner left a message on July 16, 2023:
Love You always Gdaddy
Mark & Dianne Hawk left a message on July 16, 2023:
John was an excellent lawyer! Gave us a piece of advice we will never forget! Thank you for being there for us. We were blessed to have you in our lives.
Linda Powell left a message on July 16, 2023:
I knew John when he had his practice in Troy. I always felt he was a wonderful man, husband, father and lawyer. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Linda Powell
Debbie Goldberg left a message on July 16, 2023:
Cheryl and family, I was so saddened to read of the loss of John! It had been years since I had the pleasure of seeing you. It was my pleasure to know both of you and may you find peace in the passing of John! The world was a better place with him in it?
Darrel W Hollenbacher left a message on July 16, 2023:
John Cotner and I shared a common purpose for years and that was to mentor and coach Scott Hodson. Both of us coached Scott; I even helped Scott financially. Periodically, John and I would talk and compare notes. It was our joint purpose in life. Thanks John, for caring and helping me mentor Scott, with his handicaps, make it through life. Maybe now you can continue where we left off years ago. Thanks Friend. I will always be grateful.
Vonnie Grenert left a message on July 14, 2023:
Sending all of you thoughts of comfort and peace.
Nancy (Sims) Anania left a message on July 13, 2023:
Much love to the sweet Cotner family. I am so sorry for your loss - I know it is hard, but all is well now for John... XO Nancy Anania
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Elizabeth Gutmann left a message on July 13, 2023:
Dear Family of John, As a Judge, there were few people I was happier to see in my courtroom than John. He was always a gentleman, pleasant, polite and a fine lawyer. He loved to tell me about all of you and your many accomplishments. Please accept my condolences and deep sympathy, Elizabeth Gutmann
Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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