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Curtis "Curt" J Ottmar

December 22, 1943 ~ October 15, 2019 (age 75)

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Curtis Jacob Ottmar of Hermiston, Oregon, was born on December 22, 1943 in Spokane, Washington to parents, Jacob F. and Helen L. (Gerlack) Ottmar whose parents and siblings immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island, New York. He died on October 15, 2019 in Richland, Washington at the age of 75 years. Curt was raised on the family farms in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. He participated in sports and graduated from Colfax High School in the class of 1962. Curt attended Washington State University before returning to farming. He married Carol Van Schoiack and they moved to their farm on Buttercreek in 1966 and have lived in Hermiston since. They purchased Shelco Electric in 1984 and have expanded the business over the years working in Northeast Oregon and Southeastern Washington. Curt was a member of the Masonic Lodge, York Rite, Shriners and had been a member of the First Christian Church. He enjoyed woodworking, making cabinetry, waterskiing, scuba diving, was an avid Trail Blazer Fan, enjoyed spending time in the mountains and most of all he loved spending time with his family.

Curtis loved his family and was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend.

He is survived by his wife of over 50 years: Carol Ottmar, Hermiston, OR; sons: Timothy Ottmar and Brent Ottmar and his wife Heather, all of Hermiston, OR; sister: JoAnn (Ray) Story, of Pullman, WA; 5 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Curt was preceded in death by his parents.     

A celebration of life service will be held on Monday, October 28, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at Burns Mortuary Chapel, Hermiston, Oregon.

A private family burial will be held at the Hermiston Cemetery, Hermiston, Oregon.

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Celebration of Life
October 28, 2019

2:00 PM
Burns Mortuary Chapel
685 W. Hermiston Ave.
Hermiston, OR 97838

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