Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

Rev. Melvin Leon Otterbein

Male 1940 - 2008  (67 years)


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  • Name Melvin Leon Otterbein 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 7 May 1940  Breslau, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-234832 
    Died 15 Mar 2008  Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Cause: cancer 
    Person ID I234832  Generations
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2019 

    Father Edgar Otterbein,   b. Mar 1910, Rosebank, Wilmot Township, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1940, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 30 years) 
    Mother Mary Helen Schlichter,   b. 14 Mar 1908, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1995  (Age 86 years) 
    Family ID F46040  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Magdalene Schwartzentruber 
    Last Modified 19 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F46041  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • OTTERBEIN, Pastor Melvin Leon - After a courageous battle with cancer, Melvin Leon Otterbein, 67 years old, from Kitchener, entered his Heavenly Home on March 15, 2008 while at Lisaard House in Cambridge. He was born in Breslau, Ontario on May 7, 1940 to Edgar and Mary Otterbein. He was their third child, brother to Howard and Cliff Otterbein. He was married on July 1, 1966 to Mary Otterbein (nee Schwartzentruber) and was a cherished husband for 41 years. They lived together in Nairn, Brampton, Collingwood and, most recently, Kitchener. He worked as a teacher, pastor and retired in 2005 from his job as a facility service man for the Waterloo County Board of Education Centre. Following his retirement, Mel continued in ministry with a focus on seniors. Mel was the beloved father of Melri Denise and her husband, Mike Wright, of Clarksburg, Ontario and of Derek Melvin and his wife, Ellen, of Kitchener, Ontario. He was a wonderful grandfather to MJ and Michelle Wright who live with their parents in Clarksburg. He will be missed by his brothers, Howard Otterbein (Ruby) and their family of Ailsa Craig and by Cliff Otterbein (Erma) and their family of Bright and by Mary's sisters, Fern, Ruth, Carol Joy and their families. Many friends from the Evangelical Missionary Church family will also miss his presence. Mel will be fondly remembered by colleagues from the Waterloo County Board of Education. Mel enjoyed sharing his artistic abilities through visual arts, singing and playing his guitar. His dedication to physical fitness and healthy diet were commendable. He cared about people and loved conversing with others. His smile and laughter will be missed. The family wishes to express deep appreciation to Dr. E. Ross Kennel, all those at the Grand River Cancer Centre and the staff and volunteers at Lisaard House. You have been a huge support to all of us during this journey. Mel's family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Henry Walser Funeral Home , 507 Frederick St., Kitchener 519-749-8467 and will continue from 1-1: 45 p.m. on Wednesday at the church. The funeral service will be held at Bethany Evangelical Missionary Church (160 Lancaster St. E., Kitchener) on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 2 p.m. Donations may be made to the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre and Evangel Community Church. In memory of Mel, a donation will be made to the Tree of Learning Program.


      Waterloo Region Record 17 Mar 2008

  • Sources 
    1. [S602] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - The Waterloo Region Record (March 2008- ), Obituary of Melvin Leon Otterbein - 17 Mar 2008.

    2. [S15] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Breslau - Breslau Mennonite CC#4579 Internet Link .
      Otterbein/ Melvin/ Otterbein/ 1940-2008/ [Married] July 1, 1966/ Mary/ Schwartzentruber/ 1943- / In His Keeping - In Our Hearts

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 May 1940 - Breslau, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: cancer - 15 Mar 2008 - Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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