Rich Otterstatter of Rush, New York was called home on September 9th from his home in the town of Rush.
At his request, his remains have been donated to the University of Rochester for medical research and no funeral will be held. A small memorial service will convene for immediate family only.
Rich was born in Halsdorf, Germany on December 19, 1948. In 1952, as a child, he emigrated with his family to Rochester, New York under the sponsorship of Alek Dumbrowski, finally settling in Rush, where he attended Monica B. Leary Elementary School and Charles H. Roth Middle School. He went on to Edison Technical High School in Rochester, where he began his interest in electrical engineering. In 1967 he joined the United States Navy as the Vietnam conflict was ramping up, completing his education at the Great Lakes Naval Academy. He married Carole Jennifer Rose in December 1969 in Auburn, New York and three children followed: Robert Andrew, Jennifer Lynn, and Timothy James. He was a hard-working electrical engineer for many years, supporting numerous Rochester-based industries, including Panzel, Petz & Raybold, Gleason Works, Rochester Products, Mobil Chemical Corp., Cypress Packaging, and Emerson Electric Co., before retiring to enjoy daily bicycle rides, yard work, and patronizing local thrift shops.
He was preceded in death by his beloved dog, Jazzy.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 48 years, three children and their spouses, and four grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, please make any donations in his name to Lifetime Care Hospice of Monroe County.