Samuel Gilbert Cotter, 93, passed away November 3, 2012 at Vintage Suites. He was born June 2, 1919 in McLeansboro, Illinois to the late Edmon and Louisa B. Cotter. Sam was the youngest of six children.
After high school graduation, he entered the United States Army Air Force as a pilot in the Air Transport Command. During WW II, Sam was stationed in Cairo, Egypt and finished his service at Gore Field in Great Falls, Montana.
After the war, Sam married Emma Uzelac in Red Lodge, Montana. Sam and Emma travelled to Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana where Sam earned a Zoology Degree. After MSU, they lived in Brookfield, Illinois while Sam attended Loyola University School of Dentistry. After earning his DDS degree in 1953, they returned to Montana where Sam began his dental practice in Billings until his retirement in 1997. Sam was a long time member of the Billings Kiwanis Club, American Legion, and a life time member of the Elks Club.
In addition to his wife of 53 years, Emma, Sam was preceded in death by his six siblings. Survivors include son James J. (Joan) Cotter; daughter Mary Jo (Ernest) Woods; grandson Lucas Woods; brother-in-law Tom (Vera) Uzelac; sister-in-law Dorothy Uzelac and many nieces and nephews, including Donnie Burnett and Ed Cotter of the Midwest.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial mass will be celebrated 11:00 A.M.,Friday, November 9th, at St. Pius X Church with rite of committal in Mountview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. The family extends sincere gratitude to the dedicated and caring people at Vintage Suites and Rocky Mountain Hospice, as well as Dr. Brian Schnitzer, and his nurse Janet.