MOUNT VERNON — Richard L. Cothren, 90, of Mount Vernon passed away Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, at the Laurels of Mount Vernon.

He was born Oct. 14, 1928, in Ashland, to the late Clifford and Ada (Brannon) Cothren. Richard was the owner and operator of Peoples Shoe Store in downtown Mount Vernon for many years.

He is survived by his sons, Michael (Loraine) Cothren, Tim (Janelle) Cothren; his daughters, Vicki (Frank) Pitts, Kathie (Richard) Shimoloens; twelve grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and five nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Jane Cothren; his sister, Jean Sigafoos; and his brother, Cliff Cothren.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, Sept. 18, beginning at 10 a.m. in Ashland Cemetery with Pastor Marvin Haught officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Richard L. Cothren.


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