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Dr. Wilbur H. Kotcher
  • Child Evangelism Fellowship
    337 W. Main St.
    Centreville, MI 49032
  • Trinity Lutheran Church
    406 S. Lakeview Ave.
    Sturgis, MI 49091

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“Gena, Mike and I are so very sorry for your loss. Our prayers go out to you and your family.With Love, Mike and Patty Kelly ”
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“My late husband and I were very happy to have known Dr. Kotcher.He was a special man. I am sorry to hear that you have had to say "Goodbye" to him...Read More »
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“He was my chiropractor many years ago, when I was a teen, I remember him as being a very nice man and a honest one as well. The last time I saw him...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Joy Peck - Sturgis, MI - Friend

“My sincere condolences to the family for your loss. May God comfort you during this difficult time of sorrow and pain. Psalm 147:3. ”
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Dr. Wilbur H. Kotcher age 91 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Monday morning April 17, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis.
He was born November 11, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan son of the late Wilbur Joseph and Cora (Kennard) Kotcher.
On December 7, 1992 he married Eugenia M. Gonzales in Reno, Nevada.
A Chiropractic doctor, he was a graduate of the National College of Chiropractic in Chicago, Illinois. He came to Sturgis in 1969 from Detroit to associate with the late Dr. Stewart Howell at the Fourth Street office where he continued the practice until July 2012 when he retired.
Dr. Kotcher was a member and Past President of the Sturgis Rotary Club, Chaplain and Past Senior vice Commander of Captain John J. Kelley Post #1355 VFW, Representative for the 27th Tank Battalion to the 20th Armored Division Association and was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sturgis where he served on the Ushering Crew.
While serving in the U.S. Army during WWII he saw action during the closing weeks as a tank crewman with the B Company 27th TH. BN. Of the 20th Armored Division. With his battalion attached to the 42nd Rainbow Infantry Division, he participated in the liberation of the infamous Dachau concentration Camp in Bavaria on April 29, 1945 and a few days later the capture of Munich.
Dr. Kotcher was a self-proclaimed "hacker" and had a passion for the game of tennis. He was an avid reader and also enjoyed map study, geography and classical music.
He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of nearly 25 years: Eugenia; step-daughter: Gina (Joseph) Atienza of Sturgis; two step-grandsons: Julio and Erico; one son: Glenn H. Kotcher of Livonia; one daughter: Katrina Grace Kotcher of Livonia; one grandson: Kristiano; one sister: Beverly (Raymond) Dudash of Traverse City; one brother: Charles Kotcher of New York City, New York; one niece: Pamela (Ric) Davey of Waterford; one nephew: Mark (Denise) Dudash of Colorado and numerous cousins in Saginaw and Macomb County.
In accordance with his wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service celebrating and honoring the life of Dr. Wilbur Kotcher will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 29th at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sturgis. The Rev. Calvin Kolzow will officiate. Burial of the ashes will take place at a later date at Glen Eden Memorial Park in Livonia.
Dr. Kotcher's wishes were in lieu of flowers memorial donations be directed to Child Evangelism Fellowship, 337 W. Main St., Centreville, MI 49032 or Trinity Lutheran Church, 406 S. Lakeview Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091.
The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhomes.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.