Frederick LeRoy Cotton, 88, of North Platte, died Wednesday, June 5, 2013, after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Fred was born on Sept. 7, 1924, in Cheyenne, Wyo., to Roy and Mayme (Smith) Cotton. He grew up in Cheyenne and graduated from Cheyenne High School in 1942.
On April 2, 1944, he married Betty Jane Zarr in Reno, NV. The couple were married for 47 years. Betty passed away on Jan. 3, 1991.
He joined the Navy on Dec. 29, 1941, during WWII, and remained in duty until Nov. 9, 1945. After an honorable discharge, from the Navy, the couple made their home in Cheyenne, Wyo. They moved to North Platte in 1969 where he worked as an electrical foreman for the UPRR for 40 years. He retired in 1984. In 1995 he moved to Arizona and then back to North Platte in 2007.
Fred enjoyed many things in life including collecting clocks, his Corgy dog Mitzi, traveling, hiking and hosting camp sites in the Wyoming Mountains. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, the American Legion, Good Sam Club, VFW, IBEW, Eagles and Elks.
He is survived by his special sweetheart of 20 years, Connie Hemphill; three sons Jerry (Judy), Gary, Keith (Cindy) Cotton, all of North Platte; a daughter, Carol Cotton, of North Platte; grandchildren Kim (Gary) Nelson, Terra (Jason) McKinney, Selene (Joe) Salvatore, Shayne Cotton; 10 great-grandchildren, Jordan, Alisha, Rylie, Mikinzie, Colton, Minnie, Owen, Emit, Andrew and Joshua; a great-great-grandson, Jaylen; and a niece Jenny Scott.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; parents, Roy and Mayme Cotton; brother, Orville Cotton; granddaughters, Lisa and Lori; grandson, Gary Jr; and great-granddaughter Tiara.
Many thanks to the staff at Centennial and to the Hospice program for the great care they took of Fred.
Memorials may be made in his name and online condolences can be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. Services were Tuesday, June 11, 2013,. at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home with Pastor Ned Cooper officiating. Burial followed at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery. Adams and Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.