Irene Otto

Irene Otto
Irene Otto


Irene K. Otto, 93, of Seymour died at her home on Wednesday, October 9, 2019.

Born in 1926 in Seymour, Indiana, she was the youngest of six daughters born to Edward and Amelia (Lambrecht) Otting, both of whom preceded her in death.

Irene worked at Freeman Field and Camp Atterbury prior to her marriage. On October 20th, 1946, she married Elmer L. Otto whom she met while he was stationed at Freeman Field. Elmer died on October 7th, 2017 just two weeks short of their 71st wedding anniversary.

Irene became a career military wife and Elmer’s military service took them to Rislup, England, where their son, Stephen Otto, was born. With their moving every 12 to 18 months, Irene was kept very busy making each new location into their home. After Elmer retired in 1964, they moved back to Seymour so Irene could help take care of her family. From 1977 to 1989, they lived in St. Petersburg, Florida where they enjoyed the beaches and the beautiful weather. Irene loved her family, her flowers, baking, doing crossword puzzles, and playing Euchre.

Irene became a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Seymour on April 17th, 1938 and was their oldest member. She had served as the church’s Financial Secretary and also volunteered with Meals on Wheels.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Vicki Otto; her “2nd” son and daughter, Joe Traylor and Susan ZeBell; several nieces and nephews, including: Betty ZeBell, Luceil Lush, Dale (Judy) Wichman, Carol (David) Fox, and Richard Antrim; as well as numerous great-nieces and nephews. Her dog, Willy, and her fantastic caregiver, Sandy Caudill, will greatly miss her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her five sisters, Alma (Keith) Brackemyre, Edna (Harry) Shoemaker, Mabel (Everette) Wichman, Luceil (Gene) Antrim, and Edith (Archie) Boggs; her granddaughter, Katherine “Kati” Otto; and a niece and nephew, Phyllis (Noble) Heiman and Ronnie Shoemaker.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, October 16 at 1:00 p.m. from Voss & Sons Funeral Home, Seymour, with Rev. Michael J. Seaney officiating. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery immediately following the service.

Visitation will be at Voss & Sons Funeral Service Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 12 noon until time of service.

Memorials may be made to: Trinity United Methodist Church or Red Sky Rescue, in care of Voss & Sons Funeral Service.

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