CHAMPAIGN – William Patrick (Bill) Cotter, 82, of Champaign passed away on Feb. 9, 2013, at home with his loving wife and four children at his side.
There will be a visitation from 4 to 6 p.m. today (Sunday, Feb. 10) at Owens Funeral Home, 101 N. Elm St, Champaign. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at the funeral home with the Rev. Ricky Spindler officiating. Interment will be at Mount Olive Cemetery, Mayview.
Bill was born Dec. 7, 1930, to James and Agnes (Weisman) Cotter in Bronx, N.Y. He married Beverly LaRose on Sept. 14, 1957, in Paramus, N.J.
Bill is survived by his wife, Beverly; children, Deborah (Steven Heater) of Urbana, Carol (Mathis) of Champaign, William P. (Suzanne) of Waveland, Miss., and Thomas (Kristie) of Greeley, Colo.; 12 grandchildren, Theresa, Kimberly, Amanda (Lyndon Headley), and Christopher Heater, Thomas, Jeffrey (Tracey), Paige, and Megan Mathis, Nicholas, Melissa, and William Cotter, Christian Cotter; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James; and sister, Jean Doughty.
Bill was a member of the Fighting 69th Regiment of the New York National Guard, achieving the rank of sergeant.
Bill worked most of his life in the construction industry, starting as a sheet metal worker and ultimately becoming a construction manager. He oversaw the construction of buildings in New York, Chicago, Seattle, Las Vegas, Washington D.C., and Newman. He retired from GHR Engineers and Associates of Champaign in 2000. In his younger years, Bill worked as a part-time police officer.
Bill enjoyed projects around his home, and the homes of his children and grandchildren. He was a member of AMBUCS and the Champaign County Rifle Association, as well as a life member of the NRA.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, donations in memory of Bill Cotter may be made to: Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org , or Champaign County Pheasants Forever habitat fund.
Condolences may be offered at www.owensfuneralhomes.com .