In Remembrance Of

Vernon Ottinger

Vernon Ottinger, 88, of the Gower area, passed away, June 12, 2024.

He was born on October 28, 1935 to John D. and Virginia (Ruoff) Ottinger in St. Joseph, MO. Vernon grew up in St. Joseph and graduated from Central High School.

On September 21, 1963 he was united in marriage to Mildred Obermier. After their marriage they made their home in the Gower area. His wife, Mildred, preceded him in death on February 6, 2021.

Vernon was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Easton. He was a Troop Leader for the Boy Scouts of America. Vernon was a member of the Gower Fire Department Board, an honorary member of East Buchanan FFA, and a member of the Rock House Prairie Cemetery Board. He loved woodworking and collecting model trains and cars. Vernon was a avid KU Basketball Fan.

Vernon was a home builder with his father, and he was a draftsman for the City of St. Joseph. He was a service man in the manufactured housing industry for over 30 years until his retirement.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, sister, Marilyn Littlejohn, and son-in-law, Marty Paxton.

Vernon is survived by his children, Dennis (Sheila) Ottinger, Doug (Christie) Ottinger, Debra Paxton, and Darren (Taunya) Ottinger; grandchildren, Thomas, Kathryn, Johnathan, Duncan, Alyssa, Ethan (Tesla), Emily (Robert), Amanda, Jessica, Olivia, Noah, Alec, Cross, Drake, and Cooper; six great-grandchildren, Gracen, Adalynn, Halle, Amara, Draco, and Avani; brother-in-law, Craig Obermier; sister-in-law, Marjorie Obermier; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Rosary: 6:00 p.m. with Visitation from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Friday, June 14th at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 15th at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Easton, MO.
Burial: Rock House Cemetery, Frazier, MO.

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Service Details


Rock House Cemetery – Frazier, MO


6:00 p.m. Friday June 14th at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home – Gower


6:00-8:00 p.m. Friday June 14th at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home – Gower


10:00 a.m. Saturday June 15h at St. Joseph Catholic Church – Easton, MO

Comments & condolences


  • Altec Maintenance

    Doug & Family, Please know we are thinking of you and your family and wishing you peace and comfort during these difficult days. With deepest sympathy from your coworkers at Altec.

  • Mike & Jo Roady

    So very sorry for your loss

  • Patricia Komer

    I am so sorry to hear of Vernon’s passing. I first met him and Mildred when his mother, Virginia, married my father-in-law, Louis Komer. Some years later, Vernon finished our house for us in rural Spring Hill. After Mildred passed, I kept in touch with Vernon via phone calls. He kept me up to date on his family and farm. He was a special man and will be missed, especially by his family.

  • Daryl and Pat Walkup

    I just now saw this notice in the arbitrary about Vernon’s passing. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. He was such a great man that was happy and cheerful when visiting with him. He would do anything for us to lend a helping hand. He will be greatly missed. I know that he greatly enjoyed being with family and grandchildren, whenever the opportunity presented itself.

  • Lisa & David Hartmann

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family during this time. We will continue to lift you in prayer during this time of mourning. May you celebrate the wonderful life your father lived.

  • Randy LaFollette

    Sorry to hear about loss

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