Earl Otworth


FRANKLIN FURNACE — Earl L. "Bud" Otworth, 92, of Franklin Furnace-Powellsville, OH, passed away Monday, December 16, 2013, at his home.

Born June 29, 1921, in Franklin Furnace, Ohio, to the late Charles and Winifred (Schmidtlein) Otworth. Earl was a 1942 graduate of Green High School. He was a WWII veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater with the 4th Marine Division. Bud served in the island invasions of Roy-Lamur, Saipan and Iwo Jima. He was wounded on Saipan and Iwo Jima receiving two Purple Hearts, Presidential Citation and the Good Conduct medal for his duty on Saipan, Iwo Jima and the Marshall Island Campaigns. Earl worked as an oiler for the Operating Engineers and retired from Empire-Detroit Steel as a Licensed Stationary Engineer where he worked for 25 years. He had been a member of the Kiwanis Club, Green Local School Board, Scioto Water Board, DAV, VFW, St. Peters Catholic Church and Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church. His motto for life was God, Country and Family.

Earl was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years Madge Juneda "Jude" (Wagner) Otworth whom he married on April 24, 1948. Earl was the last survivor of his family. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Joseph, Henry, Charles "Jim", and Herbert Otworth; five sisters; Mayme Skidmore, Rozena Hale, Lillian Knight, Olive Caudill, his twin sister Louise Clay; and granddaughter, Holly Anderson.

He is survived by four daughters, Regina (Joe) Ruggles, Wheelersburg, Patricia (Dennis) Klaiber, Franklin Furnace, Rebecca (William) Anderson, Savannah, GA, and Linda (Frank) Barnett, Franklin Furnace; and six sons Dwight (Jonda), Franklin Furnace, Dean (Julie), Hillsboro, Charles (Connie), Franklin Furnace, Phillip (Pam), Franklin Furnace, Mike, Franklin Furnace, and David (Bessie) Otworth, Franklin Furnace, Ohio. Earl is survived by 29 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. followed by recitation of the Rosary at 8:30 p.m. Friday, December 20, 2013, at Harrison-Pyles Funeral Home in Wheelersburg. A private family Mass of Christian burial will be held at The Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church on the corner of Dewey and Green Streets in Wheelersburg at 11 a.m. followed with public graveside services at 12:30 p.m. at Saint Peter in Chains Catholic Cemetery, Wheelersburg, Ohio.

Funeral Home

Harrison-Pyles Funeral Home Ltd
11623 Gallia Pike Rd Wheelersburg, OH 45694
(740) 574-2543

Published in The Daily Times from Dec. 19 to Dec. 20, 2013