A fond farewell for my father-in-law

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This is the first obituary I’ve written.  Although short, it took half a day of pondering and rewriting in order to make it descriptive enough for those who knew my father-in-law, yet short enough for the newspaper to publish.  One significant item that I left out — because I never knew it! — was that Ott was a life-long Mason.


Wilbur "Ott" Otwell

Wilbur “Ott” Otwell

Wilbur Edwin “Ott” Otwell peacefully passed into the arms of his Lord on August 24, 2016.

Born on December 4, 1921, in Greenleaf, Kansas, Wilbur was a farm boy raised to work hard, eat everything on his plate, and serve his community.

Whether it was helping a neighbor or supporting his church, Wilbur lived a life of service to others. Everyone who knew him felt the grace of his kindness.

Trained as a machinist, Wilbur took care of the family cars and was an inventive tinkerer. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and seeing new places. He found great peace each day tending his garden.

Wilbur was blessed with two great loves in his life. His first wife passed after 41 years of marriage. He married again in 1986 and leaves behind his loving wife, children, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who loved their “Papa.”

In lieu of a service for Ott, the family suggests that you can honor his life by volunteering in your church or community, or simply by planting and enjoying some flowers in your garden.

Wilbur leaves us to tend God’s garden which will undoubtedly thrive like never before.


Goodbye Papa.  You are deeply missed.

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