Merle Marie Kottcamp


TORRINGTON – Our beloved wife and mother, Merle Marie Kottcamp, passed away on August 19, 2019 at the Goshen County Care Center at the age of 91. Merle was born on December 5, 1927 to Wesley and Mildred Peterson. She had one sister, Marion. 

Merle was born and raised in Prairie Center and graduated Torrington High School. She married James Exley on June 1, 1949. They had three children, Lucia, Belva and Craig. Merle was a professional dancer, taxi cab driver for Petes Cab and worked at Kansas Nebraska Gas Company for many years. Together with James they build and ran the Valli Hi Supper Club in Torringon. On May 1, 1982 she married Carl Kottcamp and became a stepmom to his five children. They lived in Riverton, Wyo., for several years. After retirement they moved to Glendo, Wyo., and later to Torrington. During their years together they snow skied, rode motorcycles and four wheelers, camped on the Red Desert and traveled extensively. 

She was predeceased by her parents and sister. She is survived by her husband, Carl and their children, Lucia, Belva Craig, David Joe Carla, Pat and Mary, and by 30 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. Services are being planned at a later date.

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