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Charles "Otto" Jenista Jr.

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Charles "Otto" Jenista Jr. Obituary
Jenista, Charles "Otto" Jr.
91, passed away December 13, 2015, in Scottsdale, AZ. He was born in Chicago, IL, March 22, 1924, to Charles O. Jenista, Sr. and Clara Nemec Jenista. Otto graduated from River Forest Oak Park High School in 1941. He began his studies at Iowa State the fall of 1941 but was called into the Army December 1942. After being commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1944, Otto served in the Army Air Corps in the China-Burma-India zone. He returned to college after the war finishing his degree in General Engineering. Otto soon afterwards completed his Master's degree in Meteorology from California Institute of Technology. In 1950, Otto was recalled into the Air Force and made the decision to make it his career. He served in Alaska; at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, NE; in High Wycombe, England; three tours in Germany; in Viet Nam; at March AFB in Riverside, CA; in the Pentagon, and in IL at Scott AFB. He also attended two military schools: Armed Forces Staff College in VA and Air War College in AL. In 1959, he met his lovely wife, Kaye, in Wiesbaden, Germany where she was working as a civilian for the U.S. Air Force. They had a beautiful life together lasting more than 56 years. Otto retired from the Air Force in 1979 as a Colonel having over 32 years of service. After retirement, he worked for TRW in California for 6 years. He and Kaye then settled permanently in Scottsdale, AZ in 1988. He was active in his church, Saint Barnabas on the Desert, as an usher, as a lay reader, on the Vestry, and as a volunteer in the office. Otto also volunteered at Honor Health Scottsdale Osborn Hospital for over 20 years. He is survived by his loving wife, Kaye; his daughter, Suzy Koch; two grandchildren, Darren Koch and Kelly Coracides (and her husband, Dr. Alex Coracides), and two great grandchildren, Tyler and Troy Coracides. Celebration of life will be held at Saint Barnabas on the Desert, 6715 N. Mockingbird Lane, Scottsdale, AZ 85253 on January
9, 2015, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley or Saint Barnabas on the Desert. Inurnment with military honors will be held privately at Arlington National Cemetery.


Published in The Arizona Republic from Jan. 6 to Jan. 8, 2016
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