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Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013 7:00 am

J.L. Wayne Ottman


CHERRY VALLEY — Jasper Lawyer Wayne Ottman, 94, of Cherry Valley, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at Otsego Manor, Cooperstown.

He was born on Jan. 30, 1919, in the town of Canajoharie, to Charles and Mable Ottman.

He was predeceased by his wife, Pearl Justice in 2010; and his sister, Vivian Hawkins in 2013.

Wayne graduated from Cherry Valley Central School and Albany Business College. He also graduated from the Cincinnati School of Mortuary Science in Ohio.

He enlisted in the Army in 1941, during World War II and was stationed at Stark General Army Hospital in Charleston, S.C. It was there he met his wife, Pearl. They lived in Charleston before moving to Cherry Valley.

Wayne spent his life running the family business, Ottman Funeral Home in Cherry Valley, until his retirement.

He enjoyed gardening, traveling, antiquing, and spending time with family and friends at the family camp on Canadarago Lake.

Survivors include a daughter, Deborah (Larry) Kelsen of Cazenovia, a daughter, Claire Ottman; and son, Christopher (Laura) Ottman, all of Cherry Valley; grandchildren, Shane (Kristen) Kelsen of Jamesville, Lauren Kelsen of Greenville, S.C., and Livingston Lawyer Ottman of Cherry Valley; great-granddaughter, Eleanor Pearl Kelsen of Jamesville; a niece and nephew and several dear friends.

He will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley with the Rev. Lyman Johnson, officiating. Committal and burial will follow in the Cherry Valley Cemetery.

Calling hours will from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Wayne’s memory may be made to the Cherry Valley Memorial Library, P.O. Box 25, Cherry Valley, NY 13320.

To send online condolences or light a candle visit www.ottmanfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley.



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