Robert Otterman

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Robert (Bob) Glen Otterman
January 24, 1925 – March 14, 2020


Suddenly at his home in Parkview Meadows, Townsend, formerly of Fisherville, at age 95. A Child of God and lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Dear husband of Shirley (Bauer) for 72 years; father of Paul (Lynn), Blair (d.) (Elaine), Steve (Susan), and Emily (Bill); Grandfather to eleven and Great-grandfather to ten; and Uncle to many nieces and nephews. Son of Fred and Emma (Held) Otterman (d.); brother of Lorene Jensen (d.), Shirley Benner, Raymond (d.) and June Kohtz.

Bob was a Veteran of WWII having served with the Canadian Infantry in the Liberation of The Netherlands.  For more than six decades, he operated a woodworking and lawn mower repair shop, in Fisherville, where he was born and raised. He served his community as a founding member and former chief of the Fisherville Volunteer Fire Department, and through many capacities in his church. His many hobbies included bowling, pitching horseshoes, and music as a former trumpet player with the HN Band.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday March 17th from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. at Hyde & Mott Chapel, 60 Main St. St. S., Hagersville.  A private family funeral service will be held on Wednesday March 18th at Trinity Lutheran Church Fisherville.

We understand that it may be a difficult decision to attend considering the current concerns of the COVID-19 virus.  Due to the fluid nature of the virus and it’s containment, please contact Hyde & Mott Chapel at (905) 768-5733 or visit their website at:  http://www.rhbandersonfuneralhomes.com/cms/our-chaples/hyde-mott-chapel/  for up-to-date info.  We trust you will all make whatever decision is best for you, and know that we feel your love no matter what.

If desired, memorial donations can be made to the charity of your choice.

UPDATE: 

For visitation - "Social Distancing Measures" - please don't enter the funeral home if you're ill, no handshakes or hugs would be appreciated by the family.

Funeral Service has now been changed to a "Private Family Service".  We intend to live stream on Facebook and upload a video of the committal service.

Condolences

Posted by Leo & Betty on
To Mrs. Otterman, Steve and Susan, and all members of your family:
We send our deepest condolences at this sad time. Your Dad was undoubtedly a member of "The Greatest Generation" and lived a wonderful life full of service to his country, and everyone he encountered. His passing will leave a void which no one else could ever fill. A true gentleman - may he Rest in Peace.

We will not attend at the funeral home and hope you will understand. Our thoughts will be with you in the coming days.
Posted by Wayne and Beckie Graham on
Steve and Susan, we are so sorry for the loss of your dad. He must have been a wonderful man, because he raised a wonderful son. All he accomplished and was part of, should make you very proud. He will be reunited with his comrades . God bless them all. We will make a donation to our Huron Shores Hospice in his memory.
Posted by Marie Graham on
To Steve, Sue, your children and members of the Otterman family, my sincere sympathy to all of you at this sad time. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Terry Montague on
Our thoughts and prayers to all of the family. Unfortunately we just got back from vacation and are now in quarantine for 14 days so cannot come for the visitation. I will always remember going into the shop to get my skates sharpened, he was such a wonderful man and will be missed.

Tom & Terry Montague
Posted by Terry Montague on
Our thoughts and prayers to all of the family. Unfortunately we just got back from vacation and are now in quarantine for 14 days so cannot come for the visitation. I will always remember going into the shop to get my skates sharpened, he was such a wonderful man and will be missed.

Tom & Terry Montague
Posted by Bob Lymburner on
Paul
We were so sorry to hear about your Dad. Our condolences to your whole family as they adjust to life without him. With Leisure Living in complete lockdown, we are unable to visit.
Blessings from Bob and Bev
Posted by Barry Benner and Karen Lees on
Aunt Shirley, Paul, Steve, Emily and family.
We are so saddened to hear about Uncle Bob. He was one of the best men I have ever known. He will be missed, especially so, when we venture back to Ontario this summer. With the current travel conditions the way they are, we, unfortunately, will not be able to attend the funeral.
Sending our love to you all,
Barry & Karen
Posted by Barry And Linda Miller on
Steve & Susan
Sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad
He was a special man and will be missed
May he Rest In Peace
Posted by OM Schumacher on
Shirley, Paul, Steve, Emily and family.
Sorry for you loss.
OM Schumacher
Posted by OM Schumacher on
Shirley, Paul, Steve, Emily and family.
Sorry for you loss.
OM Schumacher
Posted by Cheryl & Doug Smith on
Shirley, Paul, Steve, Emily and Family.
Saddened to hear of your husband's, father's passing. He will be dearly missed. Yours in Christ. Cheryl & Doug Smith
Posted by Darryl and Dalene Fehrman on
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the families. We are saddened to hear this news.
Posted by Elaine( Dashner) Robichaud on
Shirley and Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bob so graciously spent time sharing his wartime and liberation experience with my daughter Mariah over the phone here in New Brunswick, it became part of a Biography of a wartime experience written by Mariah. When we spent time with him in person the following summer, he then shared his passion of working with wood with her. His life experience and his sharing of same with so many have provided a real history experience that touches the hearts of many and will be passed on to next generations. We will treasure these memories and trust that you too will share memories and the love that he shared.

Elaine and Mariah
Posted by Elaine( Dashner) Robichaud on
Shirley and Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bob so graciously spent time sharing his wartime and liberation experience with my daughter Mariah over the phone here in New Brunswick, it became part of a Biography of a wartime experience written by Mariah. When we spent time with him in person the following summer, he then shared his passion of working with wood with her. His life experience and his sharing of same with so many have provided a real history experience that touches the hearts of many and will be passed on to next generations. We will treasure these memories and trust that you too will share memories and the love that he shared.

Elaine and Mariah
Posted by Theo on
I had the honour to meet him in the Netherlands. I could thank hun for his and for his service. And the liberation of our country. My sincere condolances. He will be missed
Posted by Theo on
I had the honour to meet him in the Netherlands. I could thank hun for his and for his service. And the liberation of our country. My sincere condolances. He will be missed
Posted by Karen (Esselment) General on
I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was a great friend to my late father, Essie. My mother, Edna, would want to be at the funeral but is unable to attend due to the lockdown at Leisure Living. Please accept our sincere condolences.
Posted by Alice Creighton on
Dear Shirley and Family: May God walk with you all during this sad time. Blessings and prayers for your family. Alice Creighton
Posted by Dave Dougherty on
Shirley, Emily, Paul, Steve and Family;
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I have fond memories of visiting with Bob in his shop as a young boy witnessing his passion for woodworking and lawn tractors. I also appreciated the dedication that Bob had along with my dad of clearing the local ice rink and maintaining it to allow all the children a place to play and come together. This simple act showed his commitment to community and his desire to help others. May your memories of Bob ease your sadness at this time.
With our sincere condolences;
Dave, Barb and Sydney
Posted by James Shepley1 on
Kim and I , send our deepest sympathies to you Paul and Lynn, your children and grand children. Our condolences also go to all the Otterman family. RIP Robert
Posted by James Shepley1 on
Kim and I , send our deepest sympathies to you Paul and Lynn, your children and grand children. Our condolences also go to all the Otterman family. RIP Robert
Posted by Reg and Betty Schweyer on
We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of your families.
Posted by Robert Hunsinger on
Dear Shirley,Paul, Steve, Emily and the entire extended Otterman Family.
My sincere condolences at the loss of Bob,
I have so many great childhood memories of Bob My baseball bat made on his lathe, the tee ball stand he built, the ski bike he build
The wood working classes at Trinity Lutheran school .
A true Gentleman It was a privilege to have known him RIP
Posted by Robert Hunsinger on
Dear Shirley,Paul, Steve, Emily and the entire extended Otterman Family.
My sincere condolences at the loss of Bob,
I have so many great childhood memories of Bob My baseball bat made on his lathe, the tee ball stand he built, the ski bike he build
The wood working classes at Trinity Lutheran school .
A true Gentleman It was a privilege to have known him RIP
Posted by Dave Otterman on
Shirley, Em, Paul, Steve and family members.
Lynda and I are saddened on learning about the passing of Bob, a true family icon.
Lots of great memories and stories, especially the precision skate sharpening and home spun baseball bats.
The old Town and our Country are a better place today because of his devotion, contributions and service.
Posted by . on
My sympathy to Shirley & family on Bob's passing.

Ed McCarthy
Posted by Michele Crozier on
Shirley and family,
My heart is broken to hear of Roberts passing. My he rest in peace in Gods kingdom! Shirley, you and Bob were like my adopted parents. I have so many fond memories of our long talks ( when I was suppose to be cleaning!) I want to thank you for treating me like family. I will always feel that I came into your lives at the perfect moment. You needed my help with household chores and I needed a Mom and Dad! He was truly the most inspirational, loving, man that I have had the pleasure to spend some time with. My deepest condolences to you and your family! Unfortunately I cannot pay my respects to you in person. I would of loved to see Emily! I am home under the weather. May God bless you at this difficult. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I love you! Xxoo
Posted by Sandra Hahn on
I have known Robert Otterman for many years through business and social connections. He was a gentleman of the highest order and a true credit to Trinity Lutheran Church. Trinity must be an almost perfect church to produce men of such noble character.
Rev. Adolph Hahn
Posted by Ruth Veldstra on
Our sincere Christian condolences to you Shirley, and family! It has always been our pleasure and delight to serve you both in the SOUTHVIEW Dining Room! We will miss Robert. Thankful for the liberation he is enjoying now, in the presence of his Saviour! Praise God from Whom all blessings flow! Sincerely, Ruth & Ralph Veldstra
Posted by Jim & Karen Otterman on
Dear Shirley and Family-Bob will live on in our hearts and memories as a most admired person--humble and kind.May God be with you at this time.Hopefully we will be able to travel and visit you later this year.Love to all-Jim and Karen Otterman.
Posted by Brent Otterman on
Shirley and Family,
Sending sympathy and condolences from the west. Men such as Bob personify "the greatest generation".
Posted by Randy Bacher on
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Otterman family at this difficult time. We now have another angel to watch over all of us.
Posted by Deb on
Hi Shirley Please except Rons and My Sympathy we enjoyed the times we have been able to play games together at Parkview Meadows. With the shutdown out here we have been unable to give our Sympathy in Person please know you are so in Our Thoughts and Prayers. Bob was a True Gentkeman Deb Smith
Posted by Kevin Anthony DiDomenico on
My condolences to your entire family Ed
Posted by Kevin Anthony DiDomenico on
My condolences to your entire family Ed
Posted by June and Roger Kohtz family on
We don't that we have ever known a finer or more respected brother/uncle, gentleman, and finer model of a Christian life than our own Bob Otterman. People from miles around knew of him and his role of outstanding service to the community and respected him and spoke so highly of Bob on that account. It is the end of an era for those that knew him well and there will be an empty place in our lives in the future.Rest well Uncle. We will see you again on the other side!
Posted by Russell and Catharine Gill on
So sorry to hear of your loss. We have happy memories of Bob and George playing horseshoes in Dads back yard. He was such a gentlemen. Peace be with you.
Posted by Terry Karges on
To The Otterman Family
I have many good memories of Bob and the boy's while dealing with my needed tractor repairs for roughly fifteen years.
What-ever the problem was,Bob could always fix it.He was a smart and especially fine man.
Our Deepest Sympathy to all the family.

Joyce & Terry Karges
Posted by Carleen Rushton on
Dear Shirley & all your family.
I only met you and Bob in recent years through the Veteran Tribute nights at the Jarvis Wesley church. Needless to say the first time I met you I felt like a friend. I so admired all the veterans out at these nights & Bob was a man I have been proud to honour for his genuine kindness & dedication to his country. May you all be rest assured that your husband, father, grandfather and friend made a huge difference to mankind. He will be greatly missed but has earned his Rest In Peace in his place of glory ! Lovingly remembered by: Carleen Rushton
Posted by Sandra Roth on
To Shirley and family, we would like to express our sincere condolences. Bob was a large part of our lives and we will miss him very much. He is now resting in his saviour's arms. In Christian love, Bill and Sandra Roth.
Posted by Sandra Roth on
To Shirley and family, we would like to express our sincere condolences. Bob was a large part of our lives and we will miss him very much. He is now resting in his saviour's arms. In Christian love, Bill and Sandra Roth.
Posted by Jen joseph on
Our sympathies to Shirley and family
Posted by Jim McFarlane on
Our thoughts and prayers are with Shirley and the Otterman family at this sad time. We regret that current events prevent us from sharing our deepest sympathies. Bob was a great man and we look forward to seeing him again with our Lord and Saviour in heaven. Jim & Vicky
Posted by Gary & Peggy Gee on
Our deepest sympathies to you, Shirley, and all your family. Wish we could be with you today but we keep you in our thoughts and prayers knowing that Bob is with his Lord, probably playing his horn with the heavenly orchestra.
Posted by Rick and Joy Benner on
Aunt Shirley, Cousins Paul, Steve and Emily,
Our thoughts are with you and your families. Uncle Bob was certainly a considerable influence on many lives. He was a great man and a role model for me. There wasn't anybody with a bigger heart than Uncle Bob. He always had lots of time for anyone. I recall many summers when I stayed in Fisherville and hung out with all of my cousins. Uncle Bob was always there with his calm, cool, collected and humorous manner no matter what. He will be sorely missed. We appreciate being able to attend his service virtually.
Our deepest sympathy,
Rick and Joy Benner
Posted by Harold and linda smith on
Dear Steve, Susan and your entire family
We send our love and prayers to you as you mourn your beloved Dad. He was one wonderful , kind man.
You will have precious memories in the days to come.
Our sincere thoughts are with you.
Harold and Linda
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