In memory of

Dewey James Cottle

Mar 4, 1934
Jun 28, 2021


Dewey James Cottle was born in Brigham City, Utah, the fourth of seven children of William Dewey and Hilda May Bradshaw Cottle. He lived in Stone, Idaho, for his early childhood before his family moved to Brigham City where he lived until moving to Torrance, California in 1953, with a wife (Leann Hamilton) and a baby daughter. There he had three more children. He and Leanne divorced and he later married Barbara Lee Larsen. They combined their families and had eight children. They later divorced. In 1986 he married Nancy Banker Allen who had three grown children. They had been married for 33 years at the time of his death.

He was a swimmer in high school and was very proud of his medals for being the second fastest swimmer in Utah in eleventh and twelfth grades. He also played in the school band.

Dewey was known for his willingness to serve others whenever and wherever needed. His “handyman” skills will definitely be missed by many! Friends frequently borrowed his tools, and said he had more tools than Home Depot! (Home Depot should have given him stock in the company!)

He loved working in his shop and “inventing” things. He especially loved making wood items on his lathe. He was a perfectionist in his shop and his other building projects.

He also loved the outdoors and enjoyed several years of trailer camping with his family and friends. He was saddened when his health demanded he give up that activity.

In his professional life he worked as an engineer for Hughes Aircraft and as a building contractor, mainly doing remodeling.

Dewy is survived by his wife Nancy; one daughter, Deborah Smith; three sons: Douglas (Diane), Dennis (Diane) and Dana (Lisa). He is also survived by his three step-children: Steven Allen (Joanne), Peggie Watson (Wayne) and Russel Allen (Diane); many grandchildren, great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 10am on Saturday, July 10th, at 2530 Boone Road SE, Salem, Oregon. A viewing will be held in the same location from 9:00 to 9:45 am that morning. After the service, interment will be held at Stipp Cemetery in Macleay, Oregon.  

Service Information

Saturday, July 10, 2021  at 9:00 to 9:45 am
 2530 Boone Road SE. Salem, Oregon

Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 10 am
2530 Boone Road SE. Salem, Oregon

Stipp Cemetery
Macleay, Oregon

Messages of Sympathy

  1. Nancy Goodson says:

    My deepest condolences for your dad’s passing. Dad’s are extra special and difficult to let go of great dads. Prayers for you, Deb.
    Nancy Goodson

  2. Brigitte says:

    Dewey was a great men with à big heart

  3. KimberLee Chasteen says:

    I’m sorry to hear of Dewey’s passing. You and he made a great team. Always enjoyed hearing what you two were up to with traveling and whatnot . May he rest and n peace!!

  4. Scott Davis says:

    I became friends with Dewey as a member of the LDS singles group who enjoyed dancing and attending LDS conferences. Dewey enjoyed country-western dancing and he and Nancy were one of the best dancers. Dewey always was willing to help a friend in any way he could, and he will be missed by all who knew him. Rest in peace!

  5. Donna says:

    Love you Nancy

  6. Dave and Kathy Jacobson and family says:

    Nancy, we want you to know how much we love and appreciate you and Dewey. When we moved to Salem you opened your home and hearts to us; treating us like family. We love you!

  7. Merlene Stockman (Kym) says:

    I will remember Dewey as a very dear friend who was always willing to help. He built I lovely home in Hermosa Beach that was sheer perfection, for my dear friends Sheila and Jeff Lenham. When I was a widow he was always willing to lend a helping hand. He loved people.

  8. Staff of Johnson Funeral Home says:

    Thank you for trusting Johnson Funeral Home with his arrangements.

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