Harold William Kottman (Coach Kotie) of Keytesville and formerly of Glasgow, died Tuesday (Nov. 30, 2004) at a Panama City, Fla., hospital. He was 82.
Born in Forest Green, Aug. 22, 1922, to Ortwin and Ella (Borgman) Kottman, he was graduated from Glasgow High School in 1941. He attended Culver-Stockton College on a basketball scholarship.
After graduation from college in 1946, he joined the Boston Celtics for their first season, 1946-47.
In 1950, he married Sue Hess.
In 1949, Mr. Kottman had taken a coaching job in Glasgow, remaining until 1956. He later taught in Centralia and Center, Mo.
In 1962 he became superintendent of schools in Hale, after graduating from Truman University with a master’s degree. The couple lived in Hopkins and Fairfax until 1979.
He and Sue had five children. She died in January of 1970.
Mr. Kottman retired in 1979.
He and Kathryn Vance were married in April 1980 and lived in Fremont, Neb., until 1993, later moving to Big Lake, Mo. In 1998, they moved to Keytesville.
Survivors include his wife, Kay; his children, Jennifer Johnson of Stanberry, Hal Kottman of Lantana, Fla., Sara Kottman of Springfield, Kathy Cartwright of St. Joseph, and Jeff Kottman of Tallahassee, Fla.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.. Also, stepchildren, Jeanne Schwartz of Fremont, Neb., Art Vance of Lincoln, Neb., and Patty Corbin of Arlington, Neb.; and five step-grandchildren.
In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by his sister, Evelyn Warren, and a brother, Leandrus Kottman.
A memorial service will be held later in Forest Green.
Arrangements are under the direction of Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home in Glasgow.