Kenneth R. Cottrell, age 56, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, beloved husband and father, passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2019, surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas L. Cottrell, and father-in-law, Frank J. Cole, Jr. Ken is survived by his wife of 28 years, Cindy; their children, Kyle, Connor, Cole, Clayton, Carly and Courtney; his mother Mary Lou Cottrell, his mother-in-law Bonnie L. Cole; his brothers, Gary (Mary) Cottrell, Ron (Dawn) Cottrell, Jim Cottrell, Dennis (Debbie) Cottrell and his sister, Colleen (Petro Tsarehradsky) Thoresen; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Ken was born and raised in Bay City, MI with his parents and 5 siblings. He grew up in a family with a strong devotion to the Catholic faith and a love and appreciation for all types of Michigan sports.
He attended T.L. Handy High School, class of 1980, and graduated from Central Michigan University, class of 1984, with a degree in Business. After college, Ken built a career in sales, a profession which lent itself well to his God-given talents and gifts. His career path started with General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC), where he made many lasting friendships. He then enjoyed working at Old Kent Bank. Ken felt privileged to spend the last 10 years of his career selling document management software for Applied Imaging. His time with Applied Imaging proved to be his most satisfying and joyful work experience, largely due to the wonderful culture that the Lowery family has carefully fostered within the company. Applied Imaging is a family which supports, encourages and helps its members. Ken and his family were the recipients of many kindnesses from their Applied Imaging family. Ken was a parishioner of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Grand Rapids for many years. Ken and Cindy will be forever grateful to their IHM family for their ongoing love and support and many years of various examples of Christian servitude. One of Ken’s greatest joys was attending Mass and receiving the Holy Eucharist. Ken’s other great joy and satisfaction was watching his children participate in their varied sports and activities over the years. He was a quintessential ‘bleacher’ dad, cheering, encouraging and supporting his 6 children in all their endeavors. A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, August 24, at 11am at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church (1951 Plymouth Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506), preceded by a eulogy at 10:45am. The visitation will be held Friday, August 23, 4:00-8:00pm with a recitation of The Most Holy Rosary at 7:30pm at O’Brien-Gerst Funeral Home Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.