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James “Vince” Cottrell


James Vincent Cottrell (Vince), 85, born on October 18, 1932, of Sun Lakes, Arizona, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 23rd. He was Born in Revere Beach, MA to James Robert and Ida, he lived most of his early life in Louisville, KY.

Jim served in the Army during the Korea War. He met his beautiful bride, Nancy Cora Musick, while stationed in Fort Lewis, WA. They married in 1955, bought a farmhouse on 60 acres in Olympia, WA and welcomed four kids into this world in five years.

In 1957, he began working at the Olympia Brewing Company. In 1969 he was able to buy his own business, a hotel in Moscow, ID. In 1972 they bought a bigger hotel in Coos Bay, OR. Those early years and later years were full of challenges and successes. His two sons are still carrying on the tradition he started which is attributed to his lifelong hard work and vision.

Jim was extremely loving and proud of his children. He was adored by his grandchildren who loved his humor, learned from his wisdom and were inspired by his humanity. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Nancy; his sons James (Glenda), Thomas (Karen); his daughter, Kathleen (Alex); grandchildren, Vincent, Karlee, Erica, Bruce, Gwen; sister-in-law Cheryl; brother-in-law Mike (Donna). Jim will alway be forever remembered by his numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and dear friends. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, seven siblings and his oldest daughter, Kerry.

Jim loved traveling, golf and entertaining, but more than anything dancing with his wife. Opportunities to travel included trips to Rome, Israel, Egypt, Costa Rice and a European River Cruise.

Memorial services will be held in Olympia, WA on April 15, 2018.


  • Marla Lovo Posted November 27, 2017 10:28 PM

    The last time I saw Vince he was in Tumwater Costco,with Scott. We all went to the Brick for lunch and a brew. Had such a good time reminiscing about old times.. So glad I have that precious memory to hold on to. My heart and love is with each and every one of the family at this difficult time. Until we meet again ny friend…Dick & Marla

  • Tom Cottrell Posted November 28, 2017 1:59 PM

    It’s amazing how Dad would introduce himself to people….”my name is James Vince-a-ricka Peter Cottontail…. call me Jimmy for short”. Who can do that? I would roll my eyes. I really, really miss those words……and HIM…

  • Crystal Crawley Posted November 28, 2017 4:25 PM

    My Father James leon Crawley talk alot about him to me he always loved him my prayer are with you all. I had the a chance to meet him and i was glad i did he made me laugh and smile.

  • Debbie (Ray) Murphy Posted November 28, 2017 5:59 PM

    I will always treasure with fond memories mine & Vickies visit in April. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I learned about him & Aunt Nan. What an incredible life & adventure them two lovebirds had. Until we meet again…RIP

  • Donna Faris Posted November 28, 2017 7:51 PM

    You are loved Uncle Vince and will be greatly missed. You shared the importance of hard work, family, and laughter.

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