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Otto W. Mackert Jr.

1928 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Otto W. Mackert Jr. Obituary
Otto W. Mackert, Jr.

Fort Myers, FL

Otto W. Mackert, Jr., died Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at

Hospice House in Fort Myers, Florida. Otto was born February 11, 1928, to Otto W. and Charlotte (Lottie) Mackert, Sr., in Peoria, Illinois. Otto has one younger sister, Rosemarie (Rosie) Atkinson. He attended Peoria schools, then enlisted in the US Army. He served in the Occupation Forces after World War II and the Korean War from 1951-1952.

He married Nancy Johnson. They had six children: Martin (Debra) Mackert, Mark (Cheryle) Mackert, Julia Mackert, Carole (Bill) Buttke, Lori (John) Lewis, and Mary Van Dyke, and he had over 40 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He later adopted Horacio Garcia.

He worked for Otto Mackert and Son Painting & Decorating while attending night school at Bradley University. He then taught at Midstate College of Commerce prior to opening a franchise of Electronic Computer Programming Institute, then operating his own school, Universal Career College. He and Nancy divorced in 1974. He operated many other business enterprises in the Peoria and Morton area until he retired and moved to Bonita Springs, Florida, in 1993, where he continued his business enterprises well into his eighties.

Otto sang with the Harmonie singers of Peoria, barbershop groups and quartets in Peoria, Morton, and Florida, and civic choruses in Peoria and Morton. He was active in the German-American Central Society of Peoria, Data Processing Management Association, American Management Society, and AMVETS Post #64 in Peoria, Illinois. He served as Commander of Post #64 from 1953 to 1954 and as State Americanism Chairman from 1968-1969. He arranged for Bob Hope to visit the Bradley Fieldhouse on the Bradly campus to entertain wounded veterans from Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, and he frequently debated protestors of the Viet Nam war throughout the state including at the Illinois Central College campus.

In Florida he was a volunteer with the Chamber of Commerce. He volunteered with the Literacy Council and taught English as a second language to Hispanic immigrants. It was through this program that he met Horacio. He was involved in many other civic, patriotic, charitable, and fraternal organizations throughout his life in both Illinois and in Florida.

Otto was preceded in death by his parents and his son Martin. Cremation rites will be accorded.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, August 17, at 6:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1020 E. Jackson St., Morton, Illinois. Memorials may be made to the ( and Folds of Honor (
Published in Naples Daily News on Aug. 12, 2018
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