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Thomas R. Otte

Posted By Winkel Funeral Home On January 6, 2020 @ 1:25 pm In Obituaries | 57 Comments


Tom passed away Sunday, January 5, 2020 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

He was born July 6, 1947 in Battle Creek the son of Richard and Ellyn (Thomas) Otte. For 20 years he had worked as a driver for Fed Ex until his retirement. Tom loved the open road and in his retirement had hauled boats and trailers. He enjoyed hot rods, motorcycles, traveling, spending time in the sun by the beach and following U of M football. He was happiest sipping coffee and enjoying good conversation with family and friends.

On April 15, 1972 he married Deborah Loftis who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Kyle (Lisa Cass) Otte and their children, Mesa Rose, Aslyn and Morrison of Colorado, Ashley (Gracie) Otte and their children, Joshua and London of California, Colin Otte of California, Carly (Ryan Cook) Otte of Colorado and Oakley Otte and Rylee Boland of California; sister, Linda (Mike) Rosenow of Harbor Springs, special cousin, Cid Richardson, Mike, Carole and Kay Otte of Montana. Tom is also survived by Dianne, Barry, Chris, Doug, Connie, Steve, Carole, Carmel, Reb, John, Sally and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Tom’s family from 6-8 P.M., Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Tom may be made to the American Kidney Fund.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

Condolences for the family of “Thomas R. Otte”

Condolence from JoAnn Burchett on January 6th, 2020 2:26 pm

My heart goes out to you and the kids, Debbie. May God grant you peace.

Condolence from CarolKelly on January 6th, 2020 3:59 pm

So truly sorry. Tom was a fun loving guy and we loved him. So glad we got to know him. Our prayers are with you and the kids.

Condolence from Mary Higgins on January 6th, 2020 4:07 pm

Most sincere condolences Debbie and your whole big wonderful family ❣️ Big hugs to all.

Condolence from Joe Casares on January 6th, 2020 4:09 pm

Prayers for you Debbie and your family, hugs to you ❤️❤️

Condolence from Carol Kelly on January 6th, 2020 4:14 pm

So very sorry. He was a fun loving guy and we loved him. Our prayers are with you and the kids.

Condolence from Filippo and Maria on January 6th, 2020 4:22 pm

This unexpected news makes us very sad. Our thoughts and prayers are for you all…..for my friend Oak, Carly…..for Dabbie and whole family.

Condolence from Mike Hanners on January 6th, 2020 4:31 pm

Hello Debbie and Family, so sorry on the passing of your husband and father to the children. You are definitely in my thoughts and prayers and God Bless. Mike Hanners

Condolence from Janice Stone on January 6th, 2020 4:37 pm

Dear Deb & family,
Tom was a grand guy who loved life and a good debate! He will be so missed by all who really knew and loved him…
We will remember his laughter as we send our love and condolences to you!
Jan & Randy Stone

Condolence from Bob Brink on January 6th, 2020 4:37 pm

Good Bye my True and Trusted Friend
We became friends at Loy Norrix in 1965 and after several years of just bumping into each other on the road. About 2 years ago we began having lunch or breakfast on a regular basis. We could talk for hours. My last visit with Tom was Saturday December 28th. Tom was jovial and talked at length of his love for his family and how much he admired his wife Deb. The respect he had for her devotion, love and her caring so much and helping Tom in his battles. Imagine if you will; two 70+ guys in a care facility crying like young children…. Tom seemed to bring out the best in me in good times and bad. I will always have a smile on my face when I think of Tom Otte.
I love you Tom, you will be a part of my life until we meet again. ( as Pink Floyd said ” I will see you on the dark side of the moon”
Bob Brink

Condolence from Sherry Hanson on January 6th, 2020 4:38 pm

Deb & Family – I’m so sorry to hear of Toms passing . My thoughts & prayers are with you all .
Sherry Hanson

Condolence from Bob Sagan on January 6th, 2020 4:40 pm

God Bless is all as we head to another dimension. Tom was my friend and member of the very exclusive “Three Amigos” brother in law club with Doug. I’ll miss him but know where he’s now is a great improvement for him. All my love to Deb n the kids!

Condolence from Brian & Lynette McPherson on January 6th, 2020 4:47 pm

So sorry Deb & family. Praying for you all.

Condolence from Mark Van Domelen on January 6th, 2020 4:48 pm

My deepest condolences to you cousin Deb and your entire family so sad and sorry to hear …. a lot of good memories Over the years

Condolence from Chuck ippel on January 6th, 2020 4:51 pm

Debbie and family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your husband and dad. You are so b my prayers and thoughts. Hugs and love to you Deb
Chuck ippel

Condolence from Paula Bouma Wroe on January 6th, 2020 6:00 pm

May healing find you soon in comforting one another. Honor his legacy in sharing the fondest memories. I will never forget his infectious chuckle. What an incredible loss. All my love Otte Family

Condolence from Maria Hawk on January 6th, 2020 6:07 pm

I’m so sorry to hear this news. I loved chatting with Tom during the time I worked at Mezzo in Otsego. He always shared great stories and the best advice. Sending love and prayers during this time.

Condolence from Annie on January 6th, 2020 6:10 pm

Dear Deb,

We are so sorry for your loss. Our condolences to you and your family.

The Kasianowicz family

Condolence from Cris & Kathy Telgard on January 6th, 2020 6:53 pm

Deb and Otte family, Kathy and I send our deepest sympathies to you for the loss of your beloved Tom, a great husband and dad. We wish you strength and peace during this sad time. Special love to you, Deb.

Condolence from Wilma Nunemaker on January 6th, 2020 7:33 pm

Deb, I am so sorry to read about your husband, my prayers go out to you and your family.

Condolence from Emily Hedges on January 6th, 2020 8:09 pm

Deb, we are so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. We are keeping you and the family in our prayers.

Dan & Emily Hedges

Condolence from Jackie Elder Kingsnorth on January 6th, 2020 8:26 pm

Deb and family,
I was very sad to hear of the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Please know I will be praying for your and your family. Love, Jackie

Condolence from Kathy Brockelbank on January 6th, 2020 9:20 pm

Debbie I am so so sorry my heart goes out to you and the kids Tom was such a wonderful guy he will truly be missed if I can do anything please give me a call or message me love you guys

Condolence from Rosemary Parker on January 6th, 2020 9:20 pm

I’m so sorry. My condolences to you all.

Condolence from Patricia Wilcox on January 6th, 2020 10:22 pm

Debbie, I am so very sorry for the loss of your husband, Tom. Sending my sincere sympathy to you and all of the kids. May God encircle you with His love and blessings in this difficult time. May you find peace, comfort, and understanding in the days ahead.

Condolence from Kim & Jay Southern on January 6th, 2020 11:06 pm

Jay & I send our deepest sympathies to you Deb and all your kids. We remember Tom’s kind smile. God Bless and love to all, Kim & Jay

Condolence from Linda Eagle on January 8th, 2020 10:56 am

Dear family,

I know of you through Carmel, and have had the honor to pray through this difficult time. I am now praying for comfort as only God can give you. I’m so sorry for your pain… and wish there were words… but have only tears as you say, “see you later” to this wonderful man!


Condolence from Sue Derhammer Kovach on January 7th, 2020 12:25 am

Dearest Debbie and family:

I am so very sorry for the loss of your precious husband and father. You are in my prayers and I hope that soon, you will all find peace in the wonderful and loving memories of him.

Condolence from Connie Easterly on January 7th, 2020 2:31 am

Sincere condolences to you, Debbie, and your family. Although we have never met, Oakley loves his family, talks about you often, and I feel as though we are all connected. You are in my prayers.
From Ginny Boland’s Mom.

Condolence from Mary beauchamp on January 7th, 2020 6:09 am

Our deepest sympathy Debbie and to your family. Was so sad and when I seen this.Prayers of comfort in this hard time for you and your family

Condolence from Claudia and Danny Gatti on January 7th, 2020 6:21 am

Debbie I am sorry for your loss, my heart and prayers are with your family. God bless you.

Condolence from Candy (Adams) Pierce on January 7th, 2020 7:13 am

Dear Debbie,
My heart and prayers are with you and your family as you mourn the passing of your dear husband and friend. He must’ve been a terrific guy to fall in love with you.
Always your friend, Candy

Condolence from Caroline on January 7th, 2020 9:32 am

Dearest Otte family,
My heart is sad to hear this news. I am so sorry. Debbie I only met Tom a few times. He was always so kind, warm and welcoming. An amazing Otte trait I have seen in his kids Kyle, Ashley, Carley, Colin and Oakley, . From stories I have heard from Kyle of his Dad I could tell how much he was loved. I learned that Tom was a good father who loves all his children and cherishes the times he has with them. The love Kyle has for his Dad is testament of who Tom was. I know you will be missed Tom. Very very very much!!! and you will always be loved by your beautiful family.
My thoughts, love and big hug to you Debbie, Kyle, Oakley, Carley,Ashley and Colin. I hold each of you close to my heart. ~Caroline Brackmann

Condolence from Steve Milbocker on January 7th, 2020 10:02 am

Dear Deb and kids, Elliot just sent me this terrible news. We have so many fond memories of Tom and your entire family. I’m so sorry for your loss… Steve,Adam,Elliot and Spencer

Condolence from Don Marek on January 7th, 2020 10:40 am

Debbie and family
Please accept my condolence. His moustache stands out along with his love for the highway and bikes. Wish’n you Debbie, and your whole family lots of love.

Condolence from Mark Stull on January 7th, 2020 12:10 pm

Deb, sorry for your loss! I have lots of good memories of Tom, may you R.I.P. my friend!

Condolence from Georgia Newman on January 7th, 2020 12:14 pm

Wish Roger and I were nearby so could offer condolences in person. What a wonderful family you and Tom brought to our community. You were contributors in so many ways. Love to you and your amazing children,, it was a pleasure to have them in my classrooms. And a special pleasure to have you as a business neighbor Deb. Sending you my love and prayers.

Condolence from Montana Ottes on January 7th, 2020 12:50 pm

Dear Deb and kids much luv a part of my heart is gone forever.

Condolence from Diana Clason on January 7th, 2020 3:03 pm

To Debbie an family so sorry to hear of your loss my condolences .

Condolence from Amy Remmert on January 7th, 2020 4:33 pm

Hello Deb. I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. I’m thinking of you at this difficult time and hope that you will find peace. The healing will take time. In friendship. Amy Rek Remmert

Condolence from Shari finos on January 7th, 2020 6:00 pm

I am so sorry for the loss of Tom. A great husband and father. My thoughts and prayers are for you and the entire family

Condolence from Tiam & Diane McPherson on January 8th, 2020 4:34 pm

Debbie–Our prayers and sympathy to you and your family.

Tim & Diane

Condolence from Clara Howeigon on January 8th, 2020 5:03 pm

So sorry for you and your family in your loss. May God give you peace and comfort.
My all your memories give you strength.

Condolence from Debbie and Dave Cobb on January 8th, 2020 7:20 pm

I met Deb and Tom while working at the local credit union. Tom used to stop in and have a seat at my desk and visit frequently. I got to learn all about Deb & Tom, their 4 kids, lots of stories about travelling and the family. Tom also had a real love of old cars, so he and my husband got to be friends too. They shared lots of stories about the hot rod power tour and their love of cars. I always found Tom’s stories interesting about their travels and life over the years. What a wonderful couple. My heart goes out to Deb, the kids and grandkids losing such a great, fun loving nice man.
I will always remember that mustache and warm smile. So sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Debbie Cobb on January 8th, 2020 7:26 pm

So sorry Otte family, I said 4 kids, when I knew there were 5……he talked of all of you often.

Condolence from Todd & Marilynn Lancaster on January 8th, 2020 8:21 pm

We were so sad to here of Tom’s passing. He was such a great guy and he will be missed by all. Our thoughts are with all your family in this tough time.

Condolence from Kevin Treacy on January 8th, 2020 10:37 pm

Dear Deb,
I heard from Don and Phyllis about the passing away of your husband Tom.
You have my deepest condolences and wishes for peace for you and your family.May you find strength.
Kevin Treacy

Condolence from Ryan & Jody Norton on January 9th, 2020 9:36 am

Rest In Peace Uncle Tom!
I’ll miss all your Cali stories. And always having a someone to ask car questions to that I can trust. Some of my earliest memories are of running a muck as a child in Otsego with my cousins through the fields and on the back of Kyle’s dirt bike. Thank u for Coming to all those football and basketball games to support me. We are so honored that u were with us on our wedding day. We will always love and miss u! REST IN PEACE UNCLE!

Condolence from Jill Schwanke on January 9th, 2020 10:41 am

Deb, kids and Linda our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love to all.

Aunt Arloa and Jill

Condolence from Lori Laughlin on January 10th, 2020 8:20 am

Otte Family–
So sorry to hear of your tremendous loss. Holding you all in my heart during this difficult period.

Condolence from Diane Belden on January 11th, 2020 11:46 am

So very sorry for your loss. I only knew Tom through your eyes and heart.
When your heart is ready memories can help heal.

Diane Belden

Condolence from Lee and Julie Vilas on January 11th, 2020 1:50 pm

Deb and family, I was so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. His fun loving and kind spirit will be greatly missed. Love and prayers for your family.

Condolence from Barb Schreuder on January 11th, 2020 5:33 pm

So sorry for your loss. My condolences to your entire family.

Condolence from Jane and Michael McDaniels on January 11th, 2020 11:09 pm

Dear Deb and Family,
We were so sorry to learn of Tom’s passing. We had great times with you both in Colorado when Ashely and Chas attended CU. You and your family are dear to us. We hope you find strength in the love of family and friends, and peace in your hearts.

Condolence from Jane bouma on January 12th, 2020 12:28 pm

Dear Deb and family,, so very sorry to hear about Tom passing away! Didn’t really get a chance to talk with you… . Just wanted to let you know you’re all in our thoughts and prayers .
With love,,, the Bouma family

Condolence from Carol Wise Anderson on January 12th, 2020 2:49 pm

Debbie and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You were lucky to have Tom in your life, and Tom was lucky to have you. May you cherish all the good times and memories.

Condolence from ~Bill and Janice Thompson on January 14th, 2020 9:54 am

… Debbie and Family … Our Deepest Condolences To Everyone.

Condolence from Kevinkanouse on January 23rd, 2020 12:30 pm

Deb, so sorry for your family’s loss.I think the world of you and Tom will miss him . Your contribution to the community is genuine and heartfelt.
Bless you all

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