This Obituary is in honor of Otto Batty, a shining light for many in his family, and a beam of compassion for those who knew him. Otto passed away on February 14th, 2021, at the age of 82. He was born March 18, 1938, in Spokane, WA, to his parents, William George Batty and Tekla Clara Alvina Batty.
Even from his early days of working on his parents farm, Otto knew the value of hard work. After graduating High School he joined the US Army. From there he went on to graduate from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, and he put his education to good use, becoming proficient in many professions. He was a high school teacher, a bible teacher, an auto salesman, and he owned his own insurance company for 27 years, with his last occupation being an Executive Limousine Driver. As an auto salesman, he had a card that read “When you need an auto ask for Otto”, which reveals his humorous and joyous way of living his life, even while at work. Otto also authored a book titled “An Easy Dig Thru 39 Ancient sites of the Old Testament.” His authoring was one of the fruits of his passion for scripture, his unfaltering faith, and his desire to spread it to others.
Otto hardly knew a stranger. He was always the kind of man to greet someone new with a joke and a smile. He was also a captivating storyteller---often speaking of his younger days and his time in the military---and more often than not, if you listened, you’d bust out laughing. Otto’s life was a full one, so he had plenty of material to pull from while he told his mesmerizing tales.
Otto will be missed, and will be remembered for his never ending kindness and contagious energy.
He is preceded in death by his parents, William George Batty and Tekla Clara Alvina Batty, along with his siblings Denny Batty, Ada Jessee, Barbara Jackson and Bonnie Mae Batty.
Otto is survived by his loving wife Jeane Batty, his children Renina Wallace, Kathy Mae Batty, Rochelle and Andrew Burningham, Renee and Adele Caffese, Travis and Ira Batty, and Eric and Lillian Baucom. Also his grandchildren, Serena and AJ Burningham, Nathan Wallace, John-John Wallace, Tristan Cooke, Michaela Batty, Jacquelyn and Erik Lonsberry, Wesley Baucom, Sydney Baucom, Kaitlin Silva, Molly Silva, Elizabeth and Jordan Davis, Khristian, Kareisha Trapps, Isidore Otto, and Israel. Surviving siblings are Starlit Winder, Paul Batty, Margie Goldby, Thomas Batty and Orlena Brisby. He leaves behind his great-grandchildren, Noah, Mason, Elijah, Aviana, Bentley, Addison, and Nicklaus.
There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Prayer Mountain in the Ozarks. If desired in lieu of flowers, you may donate to Widows With Purpose at www.rjim.org. Donations should be designated to “Otto’s Widows” because he helped so many people during his lifetime.