James Preston Cottrell

James Preston Cottrell, age 82, of Quincy died on Wednesday, March 27, 2024 in his home. He was born on December 22, 1941 in Hannibal, MO the son of Preston and Josephine (Mc Cue) Cottrell. Jim married Sabine Heuer in Las Vegas.

Jim served his country in Vietnam. After his service he worked twenty-one years as a millwright at Knapheide Manufacturing. Sabine and Jim owned and operated The Riverhouse on Front & Vermont for seventeen years and Jimbeana’s for eight years until he retired in 2018. He enjoyed creating new recipes for their restaurant. His Gumbo and Fish recipes were very popular.

He liked to tinker around with older cars and trucks, fixing them up and selling them or just keeping them.

Jim is survived by his wife and grandson Nicholas Cottrell of the Kansas City area.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son James Derek Cottrell.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Fishing for Freedom, Wounded Warriors Project or Disabled Veterans. Messages may be shared online at www.dukerandhaugh.com.


  1. Michael A Robbins on March 29, 2024 at 1:58 am

    He was a great man will be missed.

  2. Connie Hamby on March 29, 2024 at 7:31 am

    So sorry Sabine. I know what a tough time Jim went through but you were always there! Sending prayers to you. You will always have all those great memories of your lives together!

    • Jeff moran on March 29, 2024 at 10:41 am

      Sabine, John and I are so sadden to hear today of Jim’s passing. We got to see you both and visit and eat at our church for last thanks giving and all of the fun times we all had at the big turkey dinner at the church in Missouri. WE loved your restaurant as it was our favorite place to eat. Jim will be missed by John and I alot. Please keep us in touch with you as we can go out to eat at these dinners, as we will let you know. GOD BLESS YOU IN THIS VERY DIFFICULT TIME , and John and I are thinking of you.

  3. Jill Arnold Blickhan on March 29, 2024 at 10:14 am

    Sending prayers and a hug, Sabine.

  4. Kevin Guthrie on March 29, 2024 at 3:54 pm

    Sabine Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing

  5. Stephanie Morse on March 29, 2024 at 6:16 pm

    So sorry for your loss Sabine, sending thoughts and prayers.

  6. Linda Bliven on March 29, 2024 at 6:35 pm

    Sending hugs and my sympathies Sabine. It is so hard to lose your husband. Sending up prayers for comfort.

  7. Susan Irving on March 29, 2024 at 7:06 pm

    Sabine, I am so sorry for your loss. We have a lot of memories to look back on. Love you Sabine.

  8. Bruce and Karen Speckhart on March 30, 2024 at 1:10 am

    Our deepest condolences to you on the passing of Jim. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Bruce and Karen

  9. Michael McClain on March 30, 2024 at 8:37 am

    Sabine, Jim was a very pleasant person to be around, have a conversation with, eat his food specialties or receive his great smile. He was quite a gentleman. Cinda and I enjoyed him as we do you. God bless, Mike McClain

  10. Deborah and Dennis Powell on March 30, 2024 at 11:39 am

    Sabine, we are so sorry for your loss. Jim was a good man. Dennis and I missed The Riverhouse when it closed. However, we missed JimBeana’s even more. We loved the food and talking to both of you! We were always made to feel welcomed. May God provide you with peace and comfort.

  11. Melba Baker on March 30, 2024 at 12:34 pm

    Sabine, so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We always enjoyed visiting with both of you and of course enjoyed the good food. Hope we can stay in touch through our “older” lives. Sending my sympathy and hugs!

  12. Jane Ulm on March 30, 2024 at 2:58 pm

    Sabine I’m so very sorry for your loss of Jim! My Jim and I always enjoyed talking to you both while enjoying great meals! Hugs to you🙏🏻

  13. Melissa Hill and the Klement Family on April 1, 2024 at 6:02 am

    So deeply sorry for your loss. He worked with our dad “louis Bopper Klement at Knapheide Manufacturing for many years. I got to know him when I was young at the family picnics Knapheide Manufacturing has. Then later in life I got to know him and his wife threw Jimbinnas restaurant and twin oaks. He was such a great person. Prayers from the Klement family.

  14. Kay Dempsey on April 1, 2024 at 3:27 pm

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  15. Vicky Albertson on April 1, 2024 at 3:42 pm

    Dave and I are sorry for your loss. Our memories of the good food and fun times at the Riverhouse were a wonderful time in our lives. Prayers for all.

  16. Joy Berhorst on April 1, 2024 at 5:44 pm

    So sorry. I always enjoyed seeing you guys out, such great supporters of local events. Prayers and many memories to hold close.

  17. Paul and Phyllis Pogue on April 1, 2024 at 6:59 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. We always loved seeing you guys at JimBeana’s and enjoying that delicious fish! You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

  18. Tara August on April 2, 2024 at 7:42 am

    Sabine, we are so sorry. We always enjoyed talking with you both at the restaurant. He will be deeply missed.
    Maurice and Tara August

  19. Becky Cody on April 3, 2024 at 5:00 pm

    Sabine we are so sorry to hear of Jim passing. Many memories and great times at the Riverhouse with you both. You are in our prayers.

  20. Terry Sustin on April 3, 2024 at 11:06 pm

    Sabine, you had a great run as a couple. No cat fish drops until the oil is a perfect 375⁰ even if it takes a few minutes more. Jim’s gumbo and your customer interaction. You have been a great team. I’m sorry for your loss of Jim, a fellow Vietnam veteran.

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