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Clifford Edward Cotton

February 18, 1933 ~ February 27, 2021 (age 88)


Clifford Edward Cotton, 88, of Carmel, passed away February 27, 2021.  He was born February 18, 1933 in Carmel, son of Ralph and Marjorie (Boone) Cotton.

Cliff was a 1951 graduate of Carmel High School.  He spent several years farming with his dad. Cliff then worked as a mechanic for Hamilton County Highway Department before retiring in 1999.

As an antique tractor buff, specifically John Deere, Cliff enjoyed attending the tractor shows. He was skilled in many areas such as woodworking and leather crafting.  He would spend hours working in his vegetable garden and appreciated the harvest it produced.  Cliff became an expert in bird watching and identifying the different species.

Cliff was a member of the Carmel Masonic Lodge 421, Indianapolis Scottish Rite, and the Murat Shrine of Indianapolis.  He was a member of the Carmel SAL (Sons of American Legion) and the Hamilton County Shrine, where he served two terms as President.

In addition to his parents, Cliff was preceded in death by his stepmother, Ferne Cotton.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Natalie (Thomas) Cotton; sons, Michael (Teresa), Douglas (Kathryn), Joseph, and Christopher (Andrea); eight grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Family and friends will gather Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 11 am in Bussell Family Funerals.  Mark Wesler will officiate the funeral service beginning at 1 pm. 

Burial will follow in Carmel Cemetery.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Cliff, be given to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 2211 N. Oak Park Avenue, Chicago, IL  60707.

Bussell Family Funerals is privileged to assist the family in arrangements.


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March 4, 2021

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Bussell Family Funerals
1621 E Greyhound Pass
Carmel, IN 46032

Funeral Service
March 4, 2021

1:00 PM
Bussell Family Funerals
1621 E Greyhound Pass
Carmel, IN 46032


Carmel Cemetery
1000 N Rangeline Road
Carmel, IN 46032


Shriners Hospitals for Children
2211 N Oak Park Avenue, Chicago IL 60707

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