Dexter Gale Cottrell, 95 - Chandler, AZ

Dexter Gale Cottrell, 95, of Chandler, AZ died 02/03/2013 in Chandler at his son's home.

He was born September 25, 1917, the only son of Charles S. and Dulcie G. (Lowe) Cottrell.

He was raised in the Speed/Spencer WV area, graduating from Spencer High School in 1938.

In 1941 he married Violet Graham Duffield. Mr. Cottrell worked for various companies including the Varner Company in Parkersburg and Imperial Ice Cream Company before World War II.

Dexter served in the Army in Europe (Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe) for the 127th Ordinance Medium Maintenance Company from December 15, 1942 to December 3, 1945. He received a Good Conduct Medal, European African and Middle Eastern Service Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, World War II Victory Ribbon, and Rifle Sharp Shooter.

After the war, Gale, as everyone called him, opened Gale Woodworking Corporation on Market Street in Spenser where he made custom cabinets, store fixtures and upholstered many pieces of furniture, some of which he made.

In 1963, the Cottrell's moved to Highland, CA. where Dexter worked and retired from the Furniture Restoration Department of the Harris Department Store. Mr. Cottrell moved to AZ in 2008, two years after his wife's death.

Dexter is survived by one son, David and daughter-in-law, Regina of Chandler, AZ, three grandchildren and two great-grandsons, a brother-in-law, Robert Duffield of Florida, and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two siblings, Loretta Davis and Emmoneal Davis, and his loving wife of 64 years, Violet.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 13 at the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Daniel R. "Danny" Whited officiating. Burial, with military honors accorded by the West Virginia Honor Guard, will be in the Swank Cemetery, Speed. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour before the funeral.