BELMONT - Father John Oetgen, O.S.B., a monk and priest of Belmont Abbey, died Oct. 10, 2009.
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He was born in Savannah, Georgia, on Aug. 6, 1924, and attended Benedictine Military School.
He entered the monastery at Belmont Abbey, where he professed his vows on Feb. 14, 1944.
He was ordained to the priesthood at Sacred Heart Church, Savannah, on June 1, 1951.
Father John earned degrees from Belmont Abbey College, Saint Benedict's College, Atchison, KS, the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, and pur-sued further studies at Oxford University and the University of North Carolina.
He filled important posts in both the monastery and college at Belmont Abbey. He was a Professor of English and Director of the Abbey Players, and served as President of Belmont Abbey College from 1960 to 1964. He was awarded an honorary doctoral degree by Belmont Abbey College in 2006.
Father John is survived by the monks of Belmont Abbey, by his sister, Sister Pauline Oetgen, C.S.J., of Valdosta, GA, and by his niece and three neph-ews and their spouses.
Father John's body will be received in the basilica at Belmont Abbey on Monday evening at 7:00 p.m.
The funeral will be celebrated Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., with interment following in the abbey cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested for either Belmont Abbey College or Presbyterian Hospice & Palliative Care.
Arrangements are with McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont.
McLean Funeral Directors
515 North Central Avenue Belmont, NC 28012
Published in Gaston Gazette from Oct. 10 to Oct. 14, 2009