Merle H. Ottenberg, Sr., 90, of Latrobe, passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2018 in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born August 26, 1927 in Latrobe, a son of the late Albert and Mary Olive (Miller) Ottenberg.
Merle was a veteran of World War II having served with the US Marine Corps. He was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church in Latrobe and was an active volunteer for Meals on Wheels and the American Red Cross. He was an avid square dancer and was a member of the Harrold’s Western Squares. His favorite pastimes included yard work, gardening, and reading the Bible.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Wilmer Ottenberg Sr. and Clair Ottenberg, and his sister, Edith Yarnell. He is survived by his loving wife of over 70 years, Dolores (Ramsey) Ottenberg, his sons, Merle H. Ottenberg, Jr. (Marian) of Knoxville, TN and Kevin R. Ottenberg, Sr. of Greensburg; six grandchildren. Mark Ottenberg (Jennifer), Matthew Ottenberg, Tanya Schwab (David), Kevin R. Ottenberg, Jr. (Robin), Albert J. Ottenberg (Gwen), and Amy Himic; eight great grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews. Merle’s family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to his caregivers for their compassionate care that he received.
Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM in the Hartman-Graziano Funeral Home, Inc., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11:00 AM in funeral home chapel, with his pastor, the Rev. Les Hutchins, Jr. officiating. Military honors accorded by the Latrobe-Derry Veterans Honor Guard will be held immediately following the service in the funeral home chapel. Private interment will be in Unity Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bethany United Methodist Church, 2415 Laveen St., Latrobe, PA 15650.