1936 - 2016

Kenneth Eugene Cottet, 80, of Mattoon, passed away at 9:34 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center surrounded by his family. He died following a courageous battle with melanoma and complications from immunotherapy treatment.

Kenneth was born Sept. 15, 1936, in Pekin, the son of Merritt and Jeannette Deppert Cottet. He married Alice “Mitzie” Gilmore Aug. 16, 1959.

Survivors include his wife, Mitzie Cottet of Mattoon; daughter, Cheryl (Scott) Siddens of Charleston, Ill.; son, Steve (Chris) Cottet of Mattoon; grandchildren, Ryan Siddens of Charleston, Ill., Erin (Michael) VanDeursen of Sullivan, Ill., Haley (Cody) Harley of Mattoon and Lauren (Joe) Bartholomew of Dwight, Ill.; great-grandchildren, Kate VanDeursen and soon to be arriving, Addison Harley.

He was preceded in death by his parents and infant sister, Marilyn.

Ken graduated from Pekin Community High School in 1954, Illinois State University in 1959 and was a 1963 graduate of the first class in the Masters in School Psychology program at Illinois State University. He spent 36 years in the education field where he served as a teacher, guidance counselor and school psychologist. Ken retired from EIASE in 1993. He loved his profession as a school psychologist and had said he would have done his job for free.

Ken was a former member of the Eagles, Kiwanis and Moose. He was the 1985 state champion of the Illinois Tomahawk Throwers Association. Ken was an avid crappie fisherman and hunter. He could be seen at many Mattoon High School sporting events, as well as the sporting events of all of his grandchildren.

Ken’s greatest joy was spending time with his beloved wife, children and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all of those who knew and loved him and will be remembered for his quick wit, sense of humor and great stories.

Schilling Funeral Home in Mattoon is in charge of arrangements.

To honor his wishes, no visitation is planned.

Graveside services for family and friends will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to the Mattoon Area Family YMCA.