John “Jack” Otto

John “Jack” Otto joined his wife of 58 years, Carolyn (Masi), son, Lars and brother, Rick in eternal peace on July 10, 2017.
 
With heavy hearts he is survived by his children and spouses, Hans (Pina), Eric, Jennifer, Karl (Joan), Katrina (Ron) Freier, grandchildren Kyle, Brooke, Reese and Brynn, sister  Annellen (Bill) Gleissner, a large extended family and many friends.
 
A Danbury native, he was the son of the late Fred & Ursula (Kane) Otto. Always ambitious, Jack milked cows for Cloverlawn Farm before school and returned after to work in the fields. A DHS Class of ‘54 grad, he served as captain of the football team his senior year. 

He proudly served in the US Army (1954-1957) returning after to work in the family heating business. He attended night classes at Henry Abbott Technical School to earn P1, S1, F1, SH1 & E1 contractor licenses. He returned to HATS to teach heating classes, serve on their Craft Committee for 25 years, deliver the graduation address in 1995 and was honored twice for his service.
 
With the help from his life-long “King St.” friends, Jack built a home with a barnyard of animals for his young family in 1960 and 1961. To the delight of his children, he taught them many things, including how to care for animals as pets and for market, vegetable gardening, wine making, property management and how to repair anything. He was famous for his sauerkraut salad, horseradish and Dutch oven pot roast. 
 
He was an avid reader, country music lover and as a true farmer should, Jack loved to drive, collect and fix old tractors, especially Farmall. In 1971 he and Carol purchased an old farm in Solon, Maine. Together with their children they renovated 'Green Acres' into 'Wild Goose Farm' a relaxing all season’s retreat for family and friends. 
 
A huge sports enthusiast Jack was honored by the Danbury Old Timer’s Association in 1998. He and Carol were founding members of the DHS Booster Club and raised funds to light the sports field.
 
In addition to football, he loved to fish, hunt and disc water ski, but his passion was racing. He was a track safety inspector, built and sponsored stock cars at the Danbury Fairgrounds (SNYRA) and loved NASCAR. 
 
In the early 70's, Jack and his brother Rick began their own business adventures. Jack launched a full line mechanical company The Otto Company, Solon Sheet Metal and a partnership with two friends, Anson Plumbing. A founding director of Nutmeg Federal Savings and Loan in 1976, Jack served on the board as well as a mortgage property inspector. He continued his service as a director for NewMil bank when they acquired NFS&L and retired when purchased by Webster Bank. 

Full of faith Jack & Carol encouraged their children to volunteer and support the community. Jack was a lifelong member of St. Joseph’s Church, King St. Volunteer Fire Co, and served on CHCC and PHCC associations. By example he inspired his children to work hard and inculcated them with folksy wisdom quotes daily i.e. ‘the early bird catches the worm’ 'always do your best' and 'wake up every day ready to wrestle the bear to the ground.'
 
In celebration of Jack’s life family and friends will be received at Amber Room Colonnade - 37 Stacy Road; Danbury on Thursday July 13, 2017 from 4 PM to 8 PM. Interment will be private.
 
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent in his memory to the King St.  Baptist Cemetery - c/o Angela Dayton: 18 Pocono Ridge Road; Brookfield, CT 06804 or Henry Abbott Tech School - c/o William Clark: 21 Hayestown Avenue; Danbury, CT 06811.
Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 

 

 

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