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Richard Alan Whitecotton

July 19, 1956 ~ June 21, 2022 (age 65)


Richard Alan Whitecotton, 65, passed peacefully from this world on the evening of June 21, 2022 at his home in Shawnee, OK after fighting a brave battle against bile duct cancer.

Richard was a lifelong resident of Shawnee, born on July 19, 1956 to Bill and Janet (Howell) Whitecotton. His early days were spent in Shawnee and he often told of running a paper route as a young boy. He graduated from Shawnee High School in 1974. He met the love of his life, Renée Burnett, while pumping her gas at his job at the family’s gas station. A few months later they were married on September 6, 1974. They were happily married for 47 years and loved holding hands till the very end.

As a young man he went into business with his brother and formed Cotton Electric. He worked as an electrician for many years before trying his hand as a home builder and developer. In 2008 he started his own businesses, Cotton Homes and later Hyatt Development. He enjoyed working with people and found his work as a builder deeply rewarding. It was one of his proudest accomplishments to see the development of Hyatt Addition in Shawnee to near completion.

When Richard was not working, he enjoyed spending time outdoors. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He also enjoyed metal detecting, golf, and family vacations. He traveled to many places, from Alaska to Japan, but his favorite place to be was on the beach with his wife, friends, and colleagues on the annual Buford White Lumber Co trip.

Richard was a warm, funny, and big-hearted man who made friends wherever he went and was always laughing, joking, and telling great stories. He loved animals, particularly dogs, but his greatest joy in life was being a dad as well as a papa.

He is survived by his loving wife, Renée, daughter, Rebecca (Benjamin) Stock, son, Ryan Whitecotton, and three granddaughters, Adeline, Eloise, and Josephine Stock. He is also survived by his mother, Janet Whitecotton, brother, David (Margie) Whitecotton, aunt, Vera Whitecotton, and many loving relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Bill Whitecotton, and brother, Tommy Whitecotton.

A Memorial Service will be held on July 9, 2022 at Citizen Potawatomi Nation Heritage Center from 2pm-4pm. Memorial contributions can be made to Saving Pets At Risk (SPAR) of Shawnee, OK, or to the St. Jude’s Cancer Research Hospital.

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Memorial Service
July 9, 2022

2:00 PM
Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center
1904 Gordon Cooper Dr.
Shawnee, OK 74801

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