James T. “Jim” Otis of Hermiston, Oregon, was born on December 12, 1928, in Toppenish, Washington to parents, Frank and Esther Wheaton Otis. He died on May 6, 2018, in Hermiston, Oregon at the age of 89 years. Jim was raised and attended school in Silesia, Montana. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War as a corporal until his honorable discharge. Jim then moved to Hermiston, Oregon and went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad. He was united in marriage to Patricia Moots on August 30, 1953, in Pendleton, Oregon. Jim worked as an engineer for Union Pacific until he retired in 1990. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. Jim enjoyed woodworking, fireworks, gardening, RVing, traveling, the mountains, and most of all spending time with his granddaughters.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years: Pat Otis, Hermiston, OR; son: Jeff Otis, Hillsboro, OR; daughter: Geri (Dave) Dickmeier, Hermiston, OR; sister: Jane Steffan, Helena, MT; granddaughters: Katie (Marc) & Hailey (Joe); great grandson: Wyatt; and numerous nieces and nephews
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and 12 siblings.
A graveside service with military honors will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018, at 1:00 P.M. at the Hermiston Cemetery, Hermiston, Oregon.
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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in care of arrangements.