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James J. Otis, 99

January 4, 2013

Dr. James J. Otis, 99, of Celina died of natural causes at 2:47 p.m. Thursday Jan. 3, 2013, in Joint Township Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.

He was born on Oct. 22, 1913, in Ann Arbor, Mich., the son of Lloyd and Barbara (Audritsh) Otis, who preceded him in death.

He was married to Betty Hamel on Oct. 9, 1944, and she preceded him in death June 25, 2010.

He is survived by son Jim (Jan) Otis of Chesterfield, Mo.; and daughters Vicki Otis, of Celina; Jeanie (Otis) Hamm, of Dublin; and Sharon (Jim) Grimand, of St. Louis, Mo.; as well as sisters Nancy Otis and Guendolyn Cron, both of Celina. His brother-in-law Ray Cron preceded him in death.

He had 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was a member of Shawnee Country Club and St. Pauls United Methodist Church.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Pauls UMC, with burial at North Grove Cemetery. Calling hours are from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Cisco Funeral Home in Celina with a Masonic service at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Red Cross and Mercer County Heart Association. Condolences may be left at

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