The Obit For Gene Kotouch

Gene A. Kotouch

Published in The Plain Dealer on November 28, 2012


Gene A. Kotouch , 84, of Wooster, passed away Sunday, November 25, 2012 at his home. He was born July 14, 1928 in Collinsburg, PA, the son of Frank and Sophie E. Zorko Kotouch. He was a graduate of West Newton High School and a graduate of Kent State University with a BS in Business Administration.

Gene was the Advertising Manager for Rubbermaid, Inc. in Wooster for 30 years. He was directly responsible for "Making Rubbermaid a Household Name". He had previously worked as an account executive for Ketchum, MacLeod & Grove, Inc. and Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn, Inc. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

He had been a pitcher in the minor leagues of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Wooster, served as Chairman of United Way in Wooster and was a member of Ducks Unlimited. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman.

Gene proudly served his country with the U.S. Army in WWII and Korea.

Surviving are his wife, Mariana Boes Kotouch and his daughter, Tracey Allyne Kotouch, a sister, Audrey Easter of Pittsburgh and many nieces and nephews.

Gene was preceded in death by his brothers, Wallace and Robert Kotouch.

A chapel service will be held in West Newton, Pennsylvania. Military services will be conducted by V.F.W. Post 33 of Greensburg.

Memorial contributions may be made in Gene's name to any Veterans Organization, Wayne Co. Public Library, PO Box 1349, Wooster, OH 44691 or to the Zion Lutheran Church, 301 N. Market St., Wooster, OH 44691.