Herbert Otto

Herbert Henry "J.R." Otto Jr.

Friday, October 4th, 1946 - Monday, December 31st, 2018
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Herbert Henry “J.R.” Otto, Jr., age 72, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away on December 31, 2018, at his home.

He was born on October 4, 1946 in Linn, Mo., the son of Herbert Henry Sr. and Hilda Sybilla (Ruetgers) Otto. He was married on November 4, 1984 in St. Louis, Mo. to Sharon Jeanne Ketts who survives of the home.

A lifelong resident of the Central Missouri area, J.R. graduated from Linn High School in 1964 and Linn State Technical College in 1980. He was employed as a heavy equipment operator with Krupp Equipment.

J.R. enjoyed hunting, fishing and listening to old time rock and roll. He also had a great love for dogs, with Yorkie’s and Shih Tzu’s being his favorite. Some of his fondest memories were spent with his family, especially his grandchildren. J.R.’s family will miss his sense of humor and orneriness – he had the best April Fool’s pranks. He was always such a people person and never met a stranger.

Survivors include his loving wife, Sharon Otto; his children, Michelle McPeak, Susan Otto, Cynthia Carter, and Megan (Nicholas) Pratte all of Jefferson City, Mo.; his siblings, Robert (Sharryn) Otto of Jefferson City, Mo., James (Claudia) Otto of Huey Town, Al., and Karen (Dan) Cobble of Jefferson City, Mo.; one sister-in-law, Angie Otto of Jefferson City, Mo.; 15 grandchildren, Jessica McPeak, Jeffrey McPeak, Michael McPeak, Christopher Miles, Brooke Dudenhoeffer, Heather Otto, Jamie Otto, Joshua Carter, Brittney Otto, Destiney Maxey, Carley Schmitz, Ethan Pratte, Gavin Pratte and Kiley Pratte; and 13 great-grandchildren, Parker McPeak, Carter Muntali McPeak, Abbigail Martin, Conner McPeak, Ashlyn McPeak, Grace Dudenhoeffer, Faith Dudenhoeffer, Norah Dudenhoeffer, Addilyn Otto, Elijah Otto, Gabriel Hoffman, Jayce Lampke Otto and Delilah Davis; and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.

J.R. was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert Sr. and Hilda Otto; his daughter, Christy Otto; his granddaughter Amanda McPeak; and three siblings, Larry Otto, Kathy Otto and Ralph Otto.

A memorial service for J.R. will be held at a later date.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the American Heart Association.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.
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Russ Samson

Posted at 08:59pm
Remembering Jr. from the old neighborhood many a ballgames held in Herb &Hilda's yard, fish fries held there after a hard and fun Saturday of fishing, we would drive 20 miles for a stringer of fish, we gave new meaning to the word roadhunting (wouldn't do that today for nothing).
I remember when we went to Loose Creek Picnic, and as we we were leaving Jr. hollered at someone going down the hill, he said chicken bone buddy, we laughed and laugh about that all the way home.
We played slow pich softball , Dad always said Jr. was as big around as he was tall, so he nicknamed him "Jellybelly", we drank a many a beer during ballgame, even keg beer, looser pays, that were the days, no one bother us and if they did they just told us to calm it down, and we did. Well except for the time we were all setting in front of Frontier Lounge on the square, when Jr. decided it would be funny to light a smoke bomb and roll it across hwy. 50, which he did, right dab in front of a state trooper, the only thing the trooper said was, aren't you boys a little old for fireworks, we had a good laugh after that, but I really think that scared Jr. fun times. Love you Jr. my friend and buddy, RIP JellyBelly.
Russ Samson

Daniel Carter

Posted at 01:04pm
My Prayers and Condolences to the Otto Family

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