Terry Lee Cotton Sr, 79, of Indianola IA, died Sunday, August 7, 2022, peacefully at his home after battles with Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson’s diseases.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, September 23, 2022, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1410 W Boston Ave, Indianola, IA 50125, with Pastor Lisa Parker & Pastor Phil Elmer officiating. A luncheon at the church will immediately follow the service.
The Family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Terry’s memory to the Solon Fire Department at 131 N Iowa St, Solon, IA 52333.
Terry was born February 13, 1943, the son of Chester and Lucille Cotton in Albert Lea, MN. He married the love of his life and soulmate Karen Eastvold on August 27, 1960, in Albert Lea at Grace Lutheran Church.
Terry was baptized and confirmed at the First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea, MN. He was a graduate of Albert Lea High School, class of 1961. Terry started his insurance/financial career with Metropolitan Life in July of 1964 in Albert Lea. In December of 1967, he and his family moved to Mankato MN, where he was
promoted to management for the Met Life Company.
In October of 1975, he accepted the Branch Manager position in Cedar Rapids IA. In 2016, Mass Mutual bought the Met Life Sales force and he continued
advising/selling until his retirement in September of 2021. An amazing career of 57+ Years!
Terry and Karen lived at their home on the Lake MacBride Golf Course in Solon IA for 45+ Years. He enjoyed golfing and was an avid sports fan of the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins, and Iowa Hawkeyes.
He also enjoyed socializing with his clients, friends, and neighbors. He liked watching Elvis Presley and Clint Eastwood movies. But most of all he loved spending quality time with his wife and family. Terry always looked forward to helping his daughter with her Avon stores and being a chaperone for high school TSA and VEX Robotic Competitions with his son. Terry and Karen moved to Indianola IA in July of 2021.
Terry is survived by his wife Karen and two children: Daughter Susan (Dean) Eggers of Indianola IA and their children Alecia (Zachary) Kaczmarek of Indianola IA, Jacob (Sarah) Eggers of Grimes IA; and Son “Chip” Terry Jr (Jacqueline) Cotton of Prescott Valley AZ and their children Jocelyn (Philip) Elmer of
Glendive MT, Maxwell (Victoria) Cotton of Belews Creek NC; and nine great grandchildren.
Terry is also survived by siblings Durk (MaryAnn) Cotton, Robert (Patricia) Cotton, along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends and loved ones. He was preceded in death by his parents.