Joseph Thomas Cottingham

Joseph Thomas Cottingham, 89, of Dickinson, passed away December 30, 2022 in Houston.  Joseph was born August 18, 1933 to Lydia and Collie Cottingham in Dickinson.  He proudly served his country in the U. S. Army.  Joseph supported his family as a machinist for Monsanto/Sterling for many years and was a loyal member of Faith Lutheran Church Dickinson. He loved the outdoors and did beautiful woodwork, from furniture to items for the church.

Joseph was preceded n death by his beloved wife Esther Pape Cottingham, sister Jackie Simmons, and brother Gerald Cottingham.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his daughter Elizabeth Anne Nicklas and husband Kevin; son Joseph Edward Cottingham; grandchildren Sean Thomas Kuylen, Catherine Kuylen, Maryssa Nicklas, and Jimmy Nicklas.

The family will be receiving friends from 10:00 – 11:00 am, with funeral services at 11:00 am, Friday, January 6, 2023, Crowder Funeral Home Chapel Dickinson.  Interment will be 4:00 pm, Friday, January 6, 2023, at Elizabeth Lutheran Cemetery, Caldwell, Texas.


  1. Mr. Cottingham was always a very nice man. He was devoted to his family and cared for them deeply. My thoughts and prayers go out to Elizabeth, Joey, and the rest of the family.

    Charlotte Jones
  2. I have such fond memories of Uncle Joe. At all of our family get togethers and holiday dinner parties at mom’s house growing up he always seemed to have an endless supply of stories and an amazing way of telling them that made everyone laugh. It’s a shame that I can’t remember any! Joe was fun for me to be around and seemed to always have a smile on his face. I remember always looking across the room at him, and to me, his expression was, he was thinking about his next funny story or what mischievous prank he was about to pull on us. I will never forget his warm, kind smile and laugh.

    Mark Simmons
  3. Elizabeth, so sorry to hear about your dad. Thinking of you.

    Kathryn May
  4. Elizabeth. I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.

    Stephen P Reddell
  5. So sorry for your lost. My thoughts and prayers to Elizabeth & the entire family.

    Linda Huynh

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