Richard Dale (Butch) Cottrell, of Clarksville, died Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles.
Richard was 69 years old. His desire was to be cremated. Services will be held Saturday July 20, at Tievoli Hills Resort, in the Main Lodge, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Celebration of life ceremony will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Richard was born Aug. 4, 1949, to Robert and Anna Mae Stringer Cottrell in Pike County. He grew up on the family farm in rural Clarksville. He was a member of Dover Baptist Church.
Richard graduated from Clopton High School. He attended Northeast Missouri State College for four years and graduated with a teaching degree in Art.
He is survived by his beloved beagle, Buddy; one sister, Delores Burgmeyer, and her special friend, Richard Dowell; four brothers, Donald Cottrell and Sue Nell of Warner Robins, Ga. Glen Cottrell and Sue of Louisiana, John Cottrell and Marcy of Clarksville, and Nathan Cottrell and Lee Amy of Marshfield, Mo. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Richard said, “The first time I saw the movie ‘Gone With the Wind,’ I fell in love with old Southern houses.” It was his dream to someday own an Antebellum mansion. He spent the rest of his life traveling and studying Antebellum homes and helped to restore a few.
Richard, being a Clarksville native, set his eye on the Elgin House there. He decided the restoration of the Elgin/Cottrell House would be his last project, which he referred to as his, “Swan Song.”
Richard spent part of his retirement years working at Tievoli Hills Resort to help with the maintenance on his dream home. He was a beloved employee there.
Memorials may be made to Clopton alumni Association, or Pike County Home Health and Hospice, in memory of Richard Cottrell, or the donor’s choice.