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Homer Lee Otterman

Born: Sat., Jan. 1, 1921
Died: Mon., Mar. 5, 2018


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Wed., Mar. 07, 2018
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Mar. 07, 2018
Location: Redmond Funeral
Home, Inc.

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Thu., Mar. 08, 2018
Location: Redmond Funeral Home Inc.

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Homer Lee Otterman, 97 passed away peacefully on Monday March 5th at his home in Concordia Lutheran Ministries in Cabot. Homer was born in South Buffalo Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania on January 1, 1921. Homer attended Stokes Grade School before graduating from Freeport High School in 1939. Homer joined the Army in January 1943 and proudly served overseas as a Gun Commander on the M-18 Hellcat Tank with the 817th Tank Destroyer Battalion where his unit was part of the European Theater Operations that landed on Utah Beach in Normandy. At the end of World War II, he returned to his home and his job at the Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation in Brackenridge, PA where he continued to work as a Melter and Furnace Tender until his retirement after 40 years. Homer maintained a life-long kinship with his Battalion members through annual reunions around the western Pennsylvania area. Together, the veterans memorialized their cherished battalion through the creation of the Tank Destroyer’s Memorial Monument which was dedicated during the Battalion’s 50th reunion at the Patton Museum in Fort Knox, KY. Homer also authenticated and assisted in the reproduction of the battalion’s flag which was dedicated alongside the monument at the museum where it remains on public display. Homer was a member of the American Legion Post #775. At age 8, he became a member of the South Buffalo Juvenile Grange then went on to become a member of the Subordinate Grange, the Armstrong County Pomona Grange, the Pennsylvania State Grange, and the National Grange. He was also a founding Father and Charter Member of the South Buffalo Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Armstrong County Fireman’s Association. As a baptized member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Homer also served as assistant Superintendent of the Sunday School where he was active in the Lutheran Men’s activities and served a 2-year term as President of the Church School Association of the Eastern Conference District of the Pittsburgh Synod. His brief teaching experience with a group of high school youth on Sunday mornings grew to become a very memorable and important part of his life. As South Buffalo Township began to grow, Homer saw a need to assist with the planning and creation of ordinances by serving a 6-year term with the South Buffalo Township Board of Supervisors then continued to serve 3 additional years as the Secretary and Treasurer of the Board. He also served on the Legislative Committee and Convention Committee of the State Association of Supervisors. During his time of service, Homer assisted with the naming of the roads in South Buffalo Township so that mail deliveries would be more convenient at the home owner’s individual location. Homer enjoyed gardening, woodworking, and numerous building projects around the home he built for his family. He also learned piano tuning and repair for a hobby which also supplemented the family’s income during periods when the steel industry was on strike. Homer also enjoyed traveling with his beloved wife, Dorothy, and together they visited all 50 states, Canadian Providences, Puerto Rico, a memorable trip over the Arctic Circle, and several trips to Europe to keep in touch with friends he made during his military service in Belgium. Homer was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy Jane McQueen Otterman; his father Raymond Kuhns Otterman; his mother Ida Agness Hesselgesser Otterman; sister Eleanor Estelle Keener; brother Charles Russel Otterman; great grandson Brandon Pratley. Homer is survived by his children Joyce Ann Pratley (David), Pittsburgh, PA; Donna Lee Saurers (Dale), Slidell, LA; Lewis Edwin Otterman, Sr. (Sharen), Freeport, PA; Jeff Homer Otterman (Russell Blain), Tampa, FL; grandchildren Eric Pratley (Heidi); Teri Beth Jamrozik; Deborah Petrolia (Jason); Daniel Saurers (Erin); Lewis Otterman, Jr. (Kelli); and great garandchildren Brent, Makenna, and Megan Pratley; Peyton, Payne, and Piper Petrolia; Ainsley and Cooper Saurers; Riley and Colton Otterman. Family and friends will be received on Wednesday March 7th from 2-4 & 6-8 pm in the Redmond Funeral Home, 524 High Street, Freeport. Funeral services will held in the funeral home on Thursday March 8th at 10 am with the Rev. Jocelyn Johnston officiating. Entombment with military honors will be held at Greenwood Memorial Park Mausoleum in Lower Burrell, PA In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Homer’s memory to; Trinity Lutheran Church, 323 5th Street, Freeport, PA and to the South Buffalo Township Volunteer Fire Department, 100 Firehall Rd., Freeport, PA 16229 Concordia Lutheran Ministries Foundation, 134 Marwood Road, Cabot PA 16023-2206. 

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Jim Harbison. The Villages Fl.
   Posted Mon March 05, 2018
To Lew and family, with my sympathy.

pat mro haven 111
   Posted Mon March 05, 2018

Gary & Diana Risch
   Posted Tue March 06, 2018
Lew & family,
Our many prayers and thoughts go out to you & your family in the loss of your father.
God Bless--

   Posted Tue March 06, 2018
Sorry for the loss to your family. I have heard some wonderful stories about your Dad. He left many memories and a legacy for the younger Otterman generation.

Lori Reichard
   Posted Tue March 06, 2018
I had met and befriended Mr. Otterman through services at Concordia. He was an absolute delightfully pleasant man. I heard so many wonderful stories as he spoke so proudly of his family.and his life. I send my condolences to his family as i am so sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.

   Posted Tue March 06, 2018

Tiffany L English
   Posted Tue March 06, 2018
Lew and family. You have my deepest sympathy at this time. Homer was a wonderful caring man and he will be greatly missed.

Lou and Cindy Kocon
   Posted Tue March 06, 2018
Lew and Family. You have our deepest sympathy.

Greg Blose
   Posted Tue March 06, 2018
Lew and Family we are so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Reading his obituary it is certain that he had a fulfilling life and accomplished many things. Sorry for your loss from the Blose family.

Ray and Barbara Kallner
   Posted Tue March 06, 2018
We were fortunate to become a part of Homer's Family through a marriage. For the past 17 years, we became members through Love. So many Holiday dinners; Birthday celebrations; picnics...and Grand conversations! Thank You, dear Homer..we will miss gentle You!

Gerald McQueen
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018

Dignity in White Pedestal Arrangement was sent by Jerry and Ellen McQueen.

With our deepest sympathy to the family. I have a lot of good memories of Uncle Homer. I know he will be missed. Love, Jerry and Ellen McQueen

Betty Rassau and Family
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family at this sorrowful time. My husband Johnny and I spent many hours with your father sharing stories about the 817th Tank Destroyer Battalion in which both he and Johnny served. Johnny passed away in August of this past year and I am certain they are both sitting in heaven sharing their stories just as they did so many times before. God Bless you all!

Ann Marie Rotge
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
Dear Jeff and Family,
I worked with you many years ago at Shoup/Zarnick (and maybe when it became Olsen Zarnick & Seybert). I wanted to express my sincere condolences to you and your family on the death of your father. Based upon the notice in the paper, he certainly seemed to have lived a very full life. I hope all of you have many good memories to console you at this difficult time and in the future. Thoughts and prayers for your comfort and strength are with you.

Shirley Baker
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
I would like to express my sympathy to the whole family. I always liked your Dad. I know he will be missed by everybody.

Linda Cox
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
I am sorry to hear about Homer. I had the honor of meeting him at lunch about a month ago. I was visiting with a friend Joan Van Ryn and he and she had meals together. I had a very nice talk with Homer about his time in the service. I shared with him about my Uncle Joseph Hager who also served in World War ll . I am so glad I was able to meet Homer and I read the beautiful obituary about him. He truly was a blessed man and I can see how he was a blessing to many. I am thankful for men like him who were willing to give their lives to keep our Country free. May the Lord give you all comfort and strength in the coming days.

W. J.
   Posted Fri July 06, 2018
To the family:
Very sorry for your loss. It is at a time like this that we can turn to the promises found at Isaiah 33:24 and John 5:25 to find comfort, strength and hope. We long to see their fulfillment soon.

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