Don was born November 19, 1925 at a farm home close to Blue Hill, Nebraska. He was the third of four children born to Carl and Alvina (Krueger) Kottwitz.
Don was baptized into the Lutheran Faith in December 1925 at the Lutheran Church in Blue Hill, Nebraska.
Don graduated from Doniphan High School in 1944, and entered the military service immediately afterwards. After completing training with the Air Borne Division, Camp McCall, North Carolina, he served in Europe. Don finished his Army career at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. He was honorably discharged on May 24, 1946.
Don returned to Hastings, Nebraska, where he met Lela Patterson. They married on December 29, 1946. They were blessed with seven children, Sherri, Terry, David, Rick, Ritch, Randy and James. Don and June were foster parents for over 35 years to hundreds of children.
In 1959 they moved to Colorado, Don managed several businesses in Ft. Morgan and later became an auctioneer.
Don was an avid fisherman, making trips to Alaska, Mexico, Canada, Minnesota, Colorado and Nebraska. Don was always interested in music. He sang in church choirs and many weddings.
Don is survived by his wife, Lela June of 64 years; daughter Sherri Autobee (Frank) of Denver; sons Terry Kottwitz (Carol) of McCook, Nebraska, Randy Kottwitz (Joy) of Wylie, Texas, Ritchie Kottwitz of Greeley, James Kottwitz of Greeley; daughter-in-law Mila Kottwitz of Loveland; brother Roger Kottwitz (Maxine) of Pahoa, Hawaii; ten grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved son David and his beloved son Ricky; great grandson Carter Hogen; parents; sister Frieda Marsh and brother Del.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th St., Greeley, CO 80634.
Celebration of Life 10 a.m. Thursday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Inurnment at Ft. Logan National Cemetery.
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