Richard T. Cotton
April 19, 1934 – August 16, 2021
Richard Cotton died in Omaha, Nebraska on August 16, 2021, at age 87. Dick was born April 19, 1934, in Omaha. He graduated from UNO with an education degree. He also received his Master’s Degree from UNO and his Doctorate from the University of Nebraska.
Dick served at Burke High School for 35 years as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director. He was a multi-sport athlete at Tech High School in Omaha playing football, basketball, and baseball. Dick also played college football at UNO and was a member of UNO’s undefeated 1955 Tangerine Bowl team where they defeated Eastern Kentucky 7-6.
Richard was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Barbara, parents, Irene (Shebilsky) and Leonard Cotton, his brother, also named Leonard Cotton. He is survived by son, Barney (Christine) of Elkhorn, NE; daughters, Christie Cotton of Austin, TX, Jan Peterson (Mike) of Elkhorn, NE; eight grandchildren; four nephews; one niece.
Private family services will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association of Omaha at 11711 Arbor Street, #110, Omaha, NE 68144.