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Billy J. Cottner

In Loving Memory of

Billy J. Cottner

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July 21, 1949
August 1, 2023

Billy Joseph Cottner formerly of Perryville, Missouri passed away August 1, 2023 at Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada.

He was born July 21, 1949 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri to Nobel and Evelyn (Vernon) Cottner.

Billy and Sherry Johnson were married August 2, 1975 in Perryville, Missouri.

Billy served in the United States Air Force from 1968-1972. He graduated with a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Southeast Missouri State University in 1990. He was employed by the state of Illinois at Chester Mental Health Center for 30 years.

Survivors include his wife Sherry, sons, Kyle Cottner and Kristopher (Nicole) Cottner and step-granddaughter, Gianna Porter, all of Las Vegas. Brother, Jerry Cottner and sister, Charlotte (Richard) Moldenhauer of Perryville, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Billy was the finest example of a devoted husband and father. His favorite saying was, “Be fair, honest, and reasonable when dealing with people.”, and he practiced this throughout his life.

A private service will be held on Tuesday, August 29, 2023 at 2 pm at the Southern Nevada Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nevada.

The family requests that memorials be made in Memory of Billy J Cottner to SITEMAN Cancer Center 7425 Forsyth Blvd, St Louis, MO 63105 or online at:

14 Responses

  1. Prayers!
    Bill always had a beautiful friendly smile!
    Enjoyed all the times we spent with he and Sherry at the ice rink and football games
    Vegas memories! Love and prayers Sherry, Kyle and Kep ! Memories you will always have of a loving husband and Father. Y’all are
    In our prayers Love Terry Pam and Matt James

  2. You was such a wonderful person Bill!! I enjoyed talking to u when I saw u!! It’s hard to believe u are gone now but I’ll always remember u as such a wonderful man husband and father that u was!! RIP Bill and Spread ur wings and fly high with the Angels!! You will be missed by so many!!

  3. I will miss hearing from Bill from time to time with how everyone was doing. He was an inspiration to many in his walk with cancer through the years. May He rest in peace now and be free from sickness. Much love and peace to Sherry, Kip and Kyle

  4. So sorry for your love one passing he was a great guy people always say that at a time like this but Billy really was

  5. I am so sorry to hear of Bill passing. He was a very nice man, awesome classmate and long time friend. He fought that nasty cancer for so long and hard and to think the nasty Covid took his life. So sad. May God give all the comfort and help you all need in the hard times ahead. God bless all of you. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

  6. I am so sorry for your loss. I will always be grateful to Billy for being such a good friend and neighbor to my parents.

  7. My condolences to the family.
    Worked with Bill one Summer in the Youth Corp. back in the 60s and went to high school with him.

  8. Sherry and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. So happy that I was able to set and talk to him when you were home
    He was a soft spoken wise man, with so much knowledge to share. He will be missed by many. God bless you and guide you on this path. I’m sure that he is having a good time up there, spending time with family and friends.

  9. So sad to hear of this, Bill was an awesome person. Bill and Sherry were such a guiding light when I lost my husband. The world will have one less amazing person now. Sherry, all my love and prayers are being sent out to you and the boys. Love, Nicki Kraust

  10. My deepest sympathy on the loss of Billy. I didn’t know him but he sounds like a wonderful person that I would have enjoyed knowing. Prayers for Sherry and the family.

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