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Charles Fredrick Kottenbrook left his earthly home on November 3, 2022, in Rio Rancho, NM.
He was born January 29, 1936, to Fredrick Henry Kottenbrook and Alma Lee Crippen in Taylor, LA. Charles was a Minister of the Gospel from 1960 to 2022. He loved listening to music, especially Southern Gospel, and to many different preachers on TV and the internet. He loved to hear his son John sing specials in church and listen to his daughter-in-law Lori, who he always said was a daughter, play the piano. He enjoyed his daughter Jennifer's daily Bible readings and discussion about the Word that she posts on Facebook. Because of the upbringing and influence he had on his children they devoted their lives to missions and ministry.In 1960, while serving in the US Army, 101st Airborne Division, Charles gave his life and heart to God. He went back to school and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree at Baylor University in 1963. He then went to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft Worth,TX and he obtained his Masters of Divinity Degree in 1966. He married Jenny Lou Reid March 2, 1963, in Winnfield, LA. They lived in many places where Charles pastored, Texas, New York, Michigan, Louisiana, Hawaii and Mississippi. His favorite word was "Glory". He said this every day of his life. It didn't matter where he was, he was going to praise God. In his 62 years of ministering, he touched many lives and was a mentor to many people who entered the ministry. Even after retiring from pastoring in churches, he continued to get up every day and study the Word, write sermons and in later years he wrote "Sermonettes", these were mini devotions he would share through Facebook to his friends. These friends would then share with their friends. His word continued to reach people he didn't know and touch their lives. He may not have been in a church pastoring to these people, but he was ministering to people in a different way. God's Word cannot be stopped, it will be spread. 2 Timothy. 2:9 says, "Wherein I suffer trouble as an evildoer even unto bonds, but the Word of God is not bound." His greatest joy was his grandchildren and great grandchildren. His greatest desire is that all his grandchildren & great grandchildren come to know and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and sister, Emory Nell Kottenbrook.
Charles is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jenny of Rio Rancho, NM, daughter Jennifer Kottenbrook Landry of Conway, AR; son, John Kottenbrook (Lori) of Rio Rancho, NM; grandchildren, Andrew Landry (Markii), Ryan Landry, David Landry (Tatiana), Lauren Landry, all of Conway, AR, Mary Kottenbrook Janko (Donny) of lona, Idaho, Benjamin Kottenbrook of Rio Rancho, NM; great grandchildren: Anastasia, Natalya, Clara, & Nadia Janko of lona, Idaho, Julian, Lilou, Luca, Addison & Ainsley Landry of Conway, AR and one more great grandchild on the way; and his special pet dog, Pharaoh.
Memorials may be made in Lieu of flowers to the following: High Desert United Methodist Church, PO Box 45378, Rio Rancho, NM, 87174. Please write on the memo line: Feed New Mexico Kids.
A Celebration of Life will be held at High Desert United Methodist Church, 1201 Golf Course Rd. SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124 on Saturday, January 28, 2023.
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