John Oscar Otander

John Oscar Otander, 88, of Falconer, formerly of Jamestown and Sebastian, Fla., passed away Thursday (Oct. 17, 2013), in WCA Hospital.

He was born Aug. 2, 1925, in Jamestown, the son of the late Raymond and Gladys Palm Otander.

Johns attended Jamestown High School, and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during World War II from 1944-46, in the Pacific Theater. After serving his country, John graduated from Jamestown High School in 1947. Prior to retirement, he was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years, retiring in 1987.

He was a member of the Thule Lodge, Sebastian Wood Carvers, Christ The King Church, Sebastian, Fla., and the Sebastian American Legion. He enjoyed several hobbies including drawing postal stamps, wood carving and woodworking, photography, writing to pen pals abroad and listening to music, but most of all spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grand children, great-great-grandson and his many friends. John will be remembered for his ability to make everyone he talked to smile and for his wonderful sense of humor.

Surviving are his wife, Sally Lou Anderson Otander, whom he married Feb. 18, 1951; three children: Christine (Martin) Schroeder of Falconer, David (Elizabeth) Otander of Boise, Idaho, and Susan (John) Eckholm of Colorado Springs, Colo.; eight grandchildren: Kelli Lamer, Matt (Charlotte) Lamer, Jennifer Lamer, Timothy Schroeder, John Otander, Robert Otander, Lyndsey (Matt) Fuller, Christopher Eckholm; eight great- grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Steven J. Otander who died June 20, 1959.

The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Falconer Funeral Home. The Rev. Timothy J. Hoyer, pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, will officiate.

Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery.

Friends will be received by the family from 1-3 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may donated to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or

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