Longtime resident, Otto Whitfield, Jr., 78, passed away October 20, 2013 surrounded by family and friends at Wildflower court, in Juneau Alaska following a long illness.
Otto Whitfield, Jr. was born in Tolleson, Arizona to Otto Whitfield Sr. and Thelma Whitfield. Otto was raised on a dairy farm and assisted his parents along with his brothers and sisters with the responsibilities of running the farm. Otto was the 2nd child of 15 children and was known as Junior. He Graduated from Tolleson High School and attended Arizona State University where he studied Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, was an active member in the band horn section and participated in ROTC. Otto met Verma Fields at ASU and the result of the courtship turned into marriage. A couple of years later, the size of their family more than doubled with the birth of 3 daughters: twins Velma and Thelma and Linda. He was very proud of his only son David, who joined the family a decade later.
He moved with his family to Juneau in 1966, where he and Verma remained to this day. Otto worked for 16 years in federal service with the Veterans Administration, National Marine Fisheries and Alaska Power Administration. He also worked in State Government for 6 years with Alaska State Corrections and the University of Alaska Southeast. Otto was well known as a car salesman until his retirement in 2000.
Otto was a charter member of Emmanuel Baptist Church where he served for many years in a variety of positions. He was devoted to God, family and enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing and sharing his adventures with others.
His parents, Otto Sr. and Thelma Whitfield, along with two sisters, four brothers, and a granddaughter preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Verma Whitfield; his daughters: Velma Thomas, Linda Perry, both of Juneau, Thelma Free of Miami Florida, his son David Whitfield and his wife Anna, of Sammamish, Washington, his brothers: Burke Whitfield (Mary Jo) of Glendale, Arizona, Martin Whitfield (Gabriel) of Phoenix, Arizona, his sisters: Dorothy McCorvey, Terri Dunlap (Dee) of Glendale, Arizona. Joyce Williams of Sunrise, Arizona, Beverly Whitfield, Helen Metcalf (Joe), Sandra Allen of Phoenix, Arizona. With Love from his 9 Grandchildren: Janene, Kiejon, Charlotte, Emery, Curtis III, Savon, Jessica, Alexander, Tyson, and 2 Great Grandchildren: Kamiah and Analia.
A celebration of life service will be held on October 28,2013 at 1:00pm at the Emmanuel Baptist Church located at 10490 Glacier Highway, Juneau, Alaska 99801.
The family extends a heartfelt thank you with much appreciation to the staff at Wildflower Court Nursing Home and Reifenstein Dialysis Center for their kind and professional attention.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Oct. 25, 2013