VeteranFranklin Kotter

Franklin KotterFranklin F. Kotter, 85, of Rushville died at 9:17 p.m. Nov. 4, 2008, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

He was born April 18, 1923, in Massac County, a son of Fred J. and Emma Thane Kotter. He married Rosalee Abbott on Jan. 11, 1948, in Rushville. She survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Beverly (and Denny) Koller of Springfield, Karen (and Mike) Stauffer of Rushville and Malea Kotter (and friend John Jessen) of Macomb; one son, Kraig (and Pam) Kotter of Rushville; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, Byron, Don, Carl, Howard and LeRoy Kotter; and five sisters, Fay White, Helen Simmons, Alice Faughn and Freida and Leita Kotter.

He was a World War II Army veteran.

He was a plumber and electrician and owned an operated Kotter’s Service for over 50 years, retiring in 1998.

He was a member of Houston United Methodist Church, a 54-year member of Schuyler American Legion, a 63-year member of Rushville Masonic Lodge AF and AM #9 and Schuyler County Farm Bureau.

He was director of Schuyler County Civil Defense, a founding member and volunteer for Schuyler County Ambulance Service and Schuyler County Rescue Squad. He served as an auxiliary deputy for Schuyler County Sheriff’s office. In 1995, he was named Father of the Year by Rushville Chamber of Commerce.

Services were held Saturday at Wood Funeral Home in Rushville with Rev. Rosalee Ross officiating. Burial was in Rushville City Cemetery with military rites conducted by U.S. Army Burial Detail and Schuyler American Legion Post #4.

Memorials may be made to his church or Culbertson Memorial Hospital Foundation.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 11/12/2008