John William Otte

October 12, 1926 - August 26, 2016
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John W. Otte, 89, of Galveston, passed away Friday, August 26, 2016, at his residence. He was born October 12, 1926, in Seymour, IN, to Omer and Mabel Otte. After high school, John joined the US Army Airforce Band and served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater during World War II. After his honorable discharge in 1946, John attended Indiana University and graduated from Butler University with a BA in Journalism and Advertising. He then returned to Seymour and opened “Johnny O’s Music Store.” John later moved to Jasper, IN to join the Kimball Piano and Organ Company, where he rose to Vice President of Sales before his retirement in 1985.

John married Ellen Clift Otte in 1980, and together they moved to Galveston, TX, where John enjoyed golfing at the Galveston Country Club, the Monday Breakfast Club with his buddies, and the BT Dinner group. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Municipal Utility District No. 1 for several years.

John is survived by his wife of 36 years, Ellen Otte; daughters, Nancy Otte of Jasper, IN, and Julie Wedean and husband, Dave, of Dunwoody, GA; son, John R. “Chip” Otte and wife, Becky, of Brownsburg, IN; grandchildren, Ethan and Ashton Otte, of Brownsburg, IN; sisters, Treva Stahl of Seymour, IN, and Patricia Harris of Sault Ste Marie, MI; brother-in-law, Bill Clift, of Zionsville, IN; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews whom he dearly loved.

John’s family will receive visitors beginning at 3:00 pm, Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A memorial service will begin at 3:30 pm, led by Rev. Richard Rhoades. A reception will follow the service at the funeral home.

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Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Time: 3:00 pm

Malloy & Son Funeral Home


3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Born: October 12, 1926
Died: August 26, 2016

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Bill and Elsieann Marshall posted on 11/30/-1

Just remembering some good times. Our Sympathy and Prayers to you all.


Jan Eglen posted on 11/30/-1

Johnny hired me to work in his music store as I was just going in to high school. Worked there all four years with JR Hudson and John's sister Treva and nephew Jon Cullen Stahl. John was a tremendous musician and even a better person. Can't even begin to put into words how much JohnnyO's helped shape me as a person. He let me buy my first wonderful set of Slingerland drums when I was a sophomore that cost over $1000 dollars in 1959. Who would do that? Will always be grateful to JO.


Sheryl Danner posted on 11/30/-1

My thoughts and prayers are with the Otte family at this sad time. Julie, you know I am here for you, for anything you might need. With love, Sheryl.


Jim Arnold posted on 11/30/-1

I did not know John, but I know his son Chip. And if the adage like father like son is true, then John must have been a hell of a guy!!


and Bob Mazzucco posted on 11/30/-1

Our condolences to Ellen and her family. Prayers are with you. We will miss you so much!


Rose-Marie Towle posted on 11/30/-1

Ellen Sorry to hear of the loss of you husband, John. Your love for him was always present and displayed with the twinkle in you eyes. I am sorry I didn't know him well and only wish had been able to enjoy his music. Love to you, my friend. Stay strong and call on me whenever you want.


Marsha Oden posted on 11/30/-1

Dear Mrs. Otte, My heart is with you. If you need anything please let me know. I will always remember when you would ask me if you could take a little something for Mr. Otte after an LGA event, munchies. You always showed so much love for Mr. Otte. Please let me know if I can help with anything. Hugs....Marsha


Julie & Dave Wedean posted on 11/30/-1

What a blessing that you were my dad, I thank Jesus for you every day. My heart is broken and I will always miss you & love you. I can still hear you telling me "you're my girl." Thank you for your kind heart, your wisdom & advice, your love & the foundation for my faith. We love you so much, Dad. Ellen was the love of your life and is a blessing to all of us. We are all so thankful for her and hope she can feel the love and prayers we are sending her way. Love, Dew & Dave