SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — Jay A. Otto, age 96, of Webster Road, Lenox Township, died Friday morning, Dec. 7, 2012, at Saybrook Landing Care Center.
He was born Sept. 11, 1916, in Ashtabula, the son of Charles R. and Alta M. (Cross) Otto but was raised by his grandparents, David and Mary (Corlew) Otto. He had resided in Jefferson and Ashtabula all of his life, other than spending 25 years in Naples, Fla. following his retirement in 1978 from Stouffer-Herzog-Otto Insurance Agency.
Mr. Otto was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, the American Legion, the V.F.W., the Retired Officers Assoc., the Korean War Veterans, Harbor Lodge #558, F. & A. M., Royal Arch Masons, Al Koran Shriners, Columbian Commandery #52, Knights Templar, Scottish Rites #32, the National Sojourners and the High Twelve Club. He enjoyed sailing and collecting old books.
Survivors include his wife, Alma G. (Hardman) Otto, whom he married Oct. 20, 1941 in Ashtabula; two sons, Thomas E. Otto Sr. of Saybrook Township and David G. Otto of Jefferson; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, William in 1992 and Howard in 1997.
Graveside Service will be held 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 10th, at Ridgeview Cemetery, with Pastor Bill McMinn, of Eagleville Bible Church, officiating. No calling hours will be observed.
The Ashtabula Home of FLEMING & BILLMAN FUNERAL DIRECTORS, 526 W. Prospect Road, Ashtabula, is handling arrangements.
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