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Menlo G. CottengaimPassing: November 11, 2020


Mitchell Cemetery

Graveside Service

Friday, November 15th @ 4:00 p.m.


No Visitation


Mitchell Cemetery

Friday, November 13th @ 4:00 p.m.

MITCHELL – Menlo G. Cottengaim, 85, passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital.

Born June 28, 1935, in Orange County, he was the son of Jasper and Agnew (Bex) Cottengaim.  He first married Dorothy Atchison; his second wife was Golden Ball and she preceded him in death.  His third marriage was to Irene (Davies) Atchison.

Menlo had been employed at Carpenter Body Works, Roberts Brass, and ABB-Bloomington and retired with 20 years of service. He then went to work at Mills Market and when that store closed, he worked at the Jay-C Store until he retired November 3, 2011.

Menlo was a volunteer at Mitchell Manor, played many characters over the years and brought laughter to the residents.  He was Grandpa Jones, an old woman on Halloween, and Sam Craig brought him to Mitchell Manor as Barney Fife and he started writing citations.  The residents loved it.  He was a clown on several occasions.  He most enjoyed playing Elvis Presley every May on National Nursing Home Week.  He dressed and sang the part with Bruce Borders and Travis Atchison.  He and Elvis were the same age and in the Army at the same time.

Menlo worked at Spring Mill Inn under six different managers.  He worked there as a young boy and stayed in the dorm.  He was a bell boy and knew every room in the inn.  He also checked visitors in and out.  In later years he was also a dishwasher and cleaned the kitchen and dining room late at night.  Menlo had a lot of stories about Spring Mill.  He would drive some of the guests to French Lick for some gas and they generally bought him a meal at the big hotel.  Then when he brought them back they would give him a $20 dollar bill for a tip.  He really enjoyed his jobs at the inn.  Sometimes they would take off and let Menlo handle it all.  He was very good and talented.

Menlo was a member, deacon and trustee at Bryantsville Church of Christ, and a graduate of Mitchell High School in 1955. He was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

Irene Cottengaim of Mitchell
Michael Cottengaim of Bedford
Diane Clem of Bedford
Kenneth (Debra) Atchison
Linda (Troy) Axsom
Doug Clem and Megan R. Owen
step grandchildren,
Tyler (Brooklyn) Morrow, Tina (Zach) West, and Leo Monte and
Leland Creed Morrow
great grandchildren,
Kendra Ann Carter and Chase Daughn
step great granddaughter,
Elaina Kandice Morrow
Ermel Dean (Annette) Cottengaim
Sandy Cottengaim

His parents; second wife, Golden; and siblings, Glen Cottengaim, David Cottengaim, Donald Cottengaim, and Flossie Dryer, preceded him in death.

Graveside service was held Friday, November 13, at Mitchell Cemetery with Brother Jim Russell officiating.  Military honors were accorded by American Legion Post No.250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.

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17 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: John Coleman | Bloomington, IN
    Date: November 20, 2020
    A Good Man Gone
  2. Guest: Pete Scheibe | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: November 18, 2020
    My prayers for Menlo's family. We were classmates and friends. He was a good man. I am sad for your loss.
  3. Guest: Rebecca Gaddis | Mitchell, In
    Date: November 17, 2020
    Diane and Doug, I am so sorry to hear your Dad, Grandpa past away. He was a very pleasant person. When he worked at Mills Market he would always ask how we were doing. Sending you all many prayers!
  4. Guest: Leslie Sherwood | Bloomington Indiana
    Date: November 16, 2020
    May God comfort you in this time of sadness
  5. Guest: Rebecca Chambers | Bedford, IN
    Date: November 16, 2020
    I am so sorry for your loss, he will be missed by many.
  6. Guest: donnie hall | mitchell, in.
    Date: November 16, 2020
    Menlo was a wonderful servant hearted Christian. praying for the family
  7. Guest: DeAnne Simpson Wade | Mitchell
    Date: November 15, 2020
    My thoughts are with the family during this time. Menlo was such a sweet and gentle soul. He was a fixture at Mitchell Manor and I loved his interactions with the residents. He led a rich and blessed life.
  8. Guest: The Rainey Family | Mitchell, IN
    Date: November 15, 2020
    Sending you all prayers of comfort. Sending you a hug and prayers, Irene. Love and God bless, Brian, Cynthia, Mitchell and Grant
  9. Guest: Eden Stafford | Mitchell, IN
    Date: November 15, 2020
    Our hearts are with you Irene. Our family sends love and sympathies. So sorry for your loss.
  10. Guest: Darlene Irwin | Mitchell, IN
    Date: November 14, 2020
    Menlo was a wonderful neighbor, he would walk over and chat sometimes, if he saw us on the porch. We heard lots of his stories, they were always a joy to hear. He will be greatly missed in the neighborhood. So sorry for the loss of this special man!!!
  11. Guest: Robert Henderson | Orleans, IN
    Date: November 14, 2020
    Menlo and I always had a fun time reminiscing about Spring Mill Inn and the early years. Lots of good memories. My thoughts and prayers to Irene and their family during this time.
  12. Guest: Terry Simpson | Mitchell, In
    Date: November 14, 2020
    Dean. So sorry for your loss. We need to get together soon
  13. Guest: Cynthia Gillespie | Orleans IN 47452
    Date: November 14, 2020
    Irene, I am so sorry for your loss, menlo was such a sweet man, he always was friendly and had a smile on his face. I remember him helping at the nursing home when dad was in there. He also helped me with my groceries while at Jay C store. He is going to be missed by all, your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Kent and Cynthia Gillespie
  14. Guest: Jerry W. Allen | Mitchell
    Date: November 14, 2020
    So sorry for your loss Irene. We'll see Gabe again one day, until then God bless. Really good guy, and friend.
  15. Guest: Rose Cody | Orleans
    Date: November 14, 2020
    So sorry for your loss, hugs and prayers.
  16. Guest: James and Sharon Nash | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: November 14, 2020
    Mrs. Cottengain: Our sympathy to you and your family. Menlo was a good man. We enjoyed him playing Elvis. Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Jim and Sharon
  17. Guest: Kay Tanksley | Mitchell, In
    Date: November 14, 2020
    Menlo was a kind and gentle soul. He will be missed by many but will be living in his heavenly home.