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Dr. Thomas F. Kottke, 68

Dr. Thomas F. Kottke, 68, of Fitzwilliam, N.H., died Monday, Sept. 8, at his home after a long struggle with cancer.

He was born on Aug. 24, 1940, in St. Paul, the son of Ronald J. and Lucille (Schofield) Kottke.

He attended Hudson schools and graduated from Hudson High School in the class of 1958.

Tom attended the University of Wisconsin at River Falls and graduated from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1965. While he was attending the schools to obtain his chiropractic degree, he worked for 3M Co.

After moving from Hudson to Jaffrey, N.H., in 1965, Tom bought Dr. Irve Nelson's Chiropractic Practice and later moved it to Rindge, N.H., where he eventually retired on March 1, 2007.

During his career, Tom was very involved in the advancement and legislation of his profession. He was a board member of the New Hampshire Chiropractors Association and held several positions through the years. Tom was also a state delegate for the American Chiropractors Association to Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for helping his profession at the national level.

Tom was the Monadnock Region's chairman for the Ducks Unlimited organization for many years and was a devoted lifelong member as well. While he enjoyed hunting, he mostly enjoyed the time he was able to spend being outside in nature.

Tom was preceded in death by his son, Thomas F. Kottke Jr., on Nov. 30, 2003.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 25 years, Cheryl (Feldman) Kottke of Fitzwilliam, N.H., who had worked with Tom in his practice; a daughter, Dr. Christina Devine of Keene, N.H.; three sons, Kenneth J. Kottke of St. Petersburg, Fla., Andrew J. Kottke of Nassau, Bahamas, and Stephen L. Kottke and wife Paige of Rindge, N.H.;

12 grandchildren; a brother, Richard Kottke of Gray Eagle, Minn., and many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends, including his first wife and mother of his children, Mary (Molly) Kottke of Marlborough, N.H.

Services were held in New Hampshire.

Memorial contributions may be made in Tom's name to New Hampshire Ducks Unlimited c/o Dick Magie, 44 Birkdale Road, Bedford NH 03110.

To view an online memorial, send a condolence to his family or for more information, visit www.cournoyerfh. com.