Alfred Ray Otte

  • Born: May 13, 1929
  • Died: July 10, 2020
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Colonel (retired) Alfred Ray Otte, born in Logan, Utah, May 13,1929, to Alfred Hans Otte and Christena Mitton Otte, passed away on July10,2020. He married Kathryn Peterson, his high school sweetheart, in the Logan Utah Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on July 1, 1948. He lived in Utah until his graduation from Utah State University in June 1951 and entered the United States Army as a second lieutenant, serving as a forward observer with the infantry during the Korean War. He received an MBA degree in 1959 at the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a CPA (Certified Public Accountant). He also graduated from the Military Joint Chief of Staff's Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) in 1970. Ray continue serving his country for 21 years, retiring with the rank of Colonel. He had duty in Korea, Germany, and several stations in the United States, including three tours of duty in the Pentagon. He received many awards, medals and citations for his leadership and service including the Bronze Star. He retired from the Army in 1972 and accepted a position with USAA (United Services Automobile Association) retiring in 1994 as the Chief Financial Officer.

He was active in the community, serving as a charter member of the Alamo Bowl Board and as the treasurer for 10 years; and was active in the Alamo Council of the Boy Scouts of America, President of the University Hospital Development Board; and served as chairman to review the San Antonio city budget during Lyla Cockrell's term as mayor.

Ray has been active in his church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving as Bishop, Stake President, Regional Representative, Coordinator for the Open House and Dedication of the San Antonio Texas Temple. He and Sonya also served as the first president and matron of the San Antonio Texas Temple.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Kathryn Peterson Otte in 1998, their daughter Kathy Rae Otte Trowbridge and her husband Barry Trowbridge in 2019. He is survived by his wife Sonya Odell Shipman (San Antonio), and three surviving children, 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren:

Children: Kimberly Otte, Wade & Heather Otte, and Chris & Sarah Otte. Grandchildren & Great Grandchildren: Cory Aldean, Ryan & Andrea Trowbridge (Abbie & Ethan); Katy & John Carter (Kathryn, Avery, Samantha, David); David & Leah Trowbridge (Jake, Stephen, Riley, Cora); Tauni Aldean; Maren & Isaac Erickson; Kari & Braden Mockli; Lauren & Andy Marek (Hannah); Rachel & Michael Norgrant (Evelyn, Owen, Derek, Caleb); Matt & Aly Trowbridge; Brian Otte; Sydney Otte, and Rebekah Otte.

In lieu of flowers, plants or meals, you are invited to make a donation to the San Antonio Food Bank in memory of A. Ray Otte, www.safoodbank.org, 210.337.3663.

The immediate family will have a private interment at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery on July 21, 2020.

Those of you wishing to send your condolences may do so following the links to "From My Heart to Yours" or you can send the family a private video via the "Send Hugs" link. Send Hugs for Alfred Ray Otte


Condolence & Memory Journal

I was baptized Aug 1947 in Smithfield Ut by someone I have always wondered about named Ray Otte. Ray would have been 18 year old at the time and has been unknown to me until now. I believe the mystery has been solved. I am honored to have crossed paths with such an accomplished Brother. I am now 81 and indeed look forward to meeting him again (but not too soon)

Posted by Kent Olson - Providence, UT   August 26, 2020

My condolences to his wife, Sonya and his children. God embrace you with his strength and peace. An Angel watching over you everyday. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sonya, Ray will always be in your heart and your memory will see you through everyday. You were so blessed to be loved by this awesome gentleman. I love you my friend. ❤❤

Posted by Alice Osborn - Jacksonville, FL - Friend   August 12, 2020

Heartfelt condolences on your loss Sonya. My thoughts are with you during this difficult times. God bless and keep you my dear friend.

Posted by Peter Ricard - Blytheville, AR - Friend   August 11, 2020

I will forever missing kissing Brother Otte on the head in church. What a dear sweet man whose wit and humor never failed us.

Posted by Pam Thompson - San Antonio, TX - Friend   August 11, 2020

Colonel Otte was my first boss at USAA and was a wonderful mentor and leader. God's peace and love to him and all his family now and forever.

Posted by Susan Evers - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   August 04, 2020

My condolences to the Otte family. I worked for Ray at USAA, and he was by far the best leader, kind man, with a wonderful heart. Thanks for sharing Ray with the rest of us.

Posted by Theresa Klar - Helotes, TX - Coworker   August 04, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about Colonel Otte's death. He will always be remembered by those of us that worked with him. He was a great leader. My condolences to his family.

Posted by Nancy Durbin - San Antonio, TX - Friend   August 04, 2020

Ray Otte was an unique person - spiritual without being sanctimonious, intelligent without being condescending, humorous without being offensive. My husband Marlin and I were friends with Kay and Ray and our children were friends when they were young. He was fortunate to have two great women, Kay and Sonya, in his life. He will be missed by many people.

Posted by NanEtte Richardson - Universal City,, TX - Friend   August 01, 2020

We had the privilege of knowing President Otte and his family for over 48 years, he was truly a servant of the Lord . Our hearts go out to Sonja and family during this difficult time much Love,
James & Teresa Moreno, friends San Antonio,Texas
July 20,2020

Posted by James & Teresa Moreno - San Antonio, TX - Friend   July 20, 2020

Our hearts go out to Kim and her extended family for the loss of her Dad.

Posted by Doug & Jeanie Gantka - Boerne, TX - friend   July 20, 2020

The Ottes moved into our ward shortly after I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a teenager, the only member in my family. Their home became a haven, a place where I could wander in at any time, be welcomed and enjoy their warmth and loving friendship. They joined other families to play a formative role in my understanding of gospel living. Brother Otte was a kind and loving man, a true and faithful friend through the years long afterward. I rejoice to have known him and look forward with happiness to meeting him and Kay again after this mortal sojourn.

Posted by Charlou - friend   July 19, 2020

Ray was a great friend and leader. He was very organized. He was our first Stake President when we joined the church.
I know he will be missed but is serving in a new calling now.

Posted by Bryce Wanless - Bulverde, TX - friend   July 17, 2020

What a great man and faithful servant of the Lord! When I became a High Priest in the Church on 1 Jan 1984, he was my Stake President and the one who ordained me to that office; therefore, my priesthood line of authority runs through Ray Otte. I am sincerely grateful for that honor and privilege. With sincerest sympathy, Joe Tiemann

Posted by Joe Tiemann - Schertz, TX - Friend   July 16, 2020

Sonya, as a neighbor I'll miss seeing Ray smiling face walking around the lakes in the morning as I was going too work. Sharlene and I send our Love and Prayers to you and your family. Please let us know what we can do for you. Richard and Sharlene Thum

Posted by Richard Thum - San Antonio, TX - Neighbor   July 15, 2020

It has been my privilege to have worked in the Houston and San Antonio Temples with Ray and Sonja. He was my Stake President and Temple President. He was always so kind and loving. We will miss him greatly. Our love and best wishes to Sonja and the family.

Posted by Patricia Hammon - San Antonio, TX - Friend   July 14, 2020

I was sad to hear of President Otte's passing and we pray for comfort and peace for his family. He was of great help to our little family when my husband Rod Simonsen, M.D. was assigned to Wilford Hall Medical Center in 1971. He has been a great example for so many here in the Central Texas area.

Posted by Helga Dahl Simonsen - Austin, TX - friend   July 14, 2020

Ray was a dear friend and we'll miss him so much. He was a great man and it was a privilege to be a part of his life. We send our love and hugs to Sonya and all of the family.

Posted by Lois and Pete Smith - San Antonio, TX   July 13, 2020

We are saddened to hear of the passing of President Otte. We loved him dearly. He was always available both as a leader and as a friend. We send our love to Sonya and the family. He will probably be close by when you need him. Sincerely, Wayne and Helen Sturdevant

Posted by Wayne and Helen Sturdevant - San Antonio, TX - friend   July 13, 2020

What a great man of faith he was. He will be physically missed on the earth but not forgotten by any means. Sonya and family have our heart felt love and prayers for them as they go through this new phase of their lives. It is our prayer asking our Father in Heaven to bless the entire Otte family with an extra portion of His spirit to be with them during this time. We love you, Troy & Joni Mitchell

Posted by Troy Mitchell - San Antonio, TX - Friend   July 13, 2020

Please accept my condolences on the death of Ray. He is my cousin and even though we were not close in age, I always enjoyed spending time with him and Aunt Leona's family at family reunions. My prayers go out to you, Sonja. May you have peace and comfort as you continue your journey. Love, Gail Miller

Posted by Gail Miller - Salt Lake City, UT - family   July 13, 2020

Sonya & Family, Ray has such a kind and loving spirit, which is so needed in this world. Your kindness to our family, especially in the last few months of Joette's live are treasured memories. You are in our prayers, we love you!

Posted by John McClellan - Sunnyvale, TX - Friend   July 13, 2020

So sorry to hear of President Otte's death. Our prayers for his family and loved ones.

Posted by Carl and Sandy Mergen - Fischer, TX - Friend   July 13, 2020

Our condolences to you Sonya and family. We loved Ray deeply and enjoyed many special moments throughout the years, especially the private ones shared in the Temple. Ray and you had such a profound and transformative change in my parents life that I will always appreciate and remember.

Posted by Keith Jr & JoAnn Knepp - Austin, TX - Family Friend   July 13, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear about col.Otte. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Jennifer Erben Rust - Boerne, TX - Neighbor   July 13, 2020

President Otte, is dear to my heart. He was the stake president when I first came to SAT, I had the privilege of being his secretary for a short period of time when he was the Stake president. He signed my first temple recommend, when Randy and I were married. He took an active interest in our lives for the last 40+ years. We will truly miss him and be ever grateful for his influence in our lives. Our prayers are with you and this time of sorrow and celebration for his amazing life.

Posted by Sherrie & Randy Warner - San Antonio, TX - Friend   July 12, 2020


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