Daniel Lee Ottis
1953 - 2012
Marcy Mortuary
104 North 15th
Ashland, NE
OMAHA – Daniel Lee Ottis, 58, of Omaha, died Aug. 7 near Gretna.
Ottis was born on Sept. 10, 1953 to Anthony and Johanna (Purchal) Ottis in Norfolk. His family lived on a farm near Lindsay, where he attended District 42 School. The family moved to Wahoo and he went to St. Wenceslaus Elementary School and later graduated from Bishop Neumann High School in 1971. He worked briefly as a police officer in Fremont and then worked construction for a few years. Following that, he became a corrections officer in Fremont. In 1976 he began to work in law enforcement and worked for various agencies in the area. He also worked as a security officer for Bakers Supermarkets. He was a firearms instructor for civilian and law enforcement for many years. He had been with the Ashland Police Department for the last 10 years.
He was a member of the Blue Knights, Patriot Guard Riders, NRA and Sons of American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his son, Eric L. Ottis; and brothers, Tony Jr. and William Ottis.
He is survived by his daughters, Ann M. Kucera and Shellie B. Ottis, both of Lincoln; eight grandchildren; fiancé, Roxane Gelecki of Omaha; his parents Anthony and Johnanna Ottis of Wahoo; brother and sister-in-law, Tom and LeAnne Ottis of North Platte; sisters and brothers-in-law, Velma and Richard Bohaty of Wahoo and Rita and Rex Foster of Gothenburg; many nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, Aug. 13 at the Ashland/Greenwood High School Gymnasium in Ashland with Rev. Gary Coulter officiating. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials may be made to American Legion Post 129, Blue Knights or Patriot Guard Riders.
Marcy Mortuary in Ashland was in charge of the arrangements.
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Published by Wahoo Newspaper from Aug. 13 to Aug. 22, 2012.
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Happy Birthday Honey!!! I wish we could celebrate your Birthday differently. I mis you so very much. I am so hurt of not having you by my side. There are so many times I want to pick up the phone & call you or text you, but I can't. It's very hard coming home & your not there or waiting for you to come home. I hope you can give me the strength to keep going on. I hope you & Eric celebrated your Birthday & had a drink. I don't know if they allow that up in Heaven I'm sure since it's a Special Day just like you are. I hope you liked the Ballons Shadow & I, Carol & Mom & Dad sent up to you with a message. I'm thinking of you today & every day. You are my Special Love of my Life. We will be together again & share the rest of our lives together like we planned. Until then I will always make sure I give you a kiss each night & every morning. I Love You More than words can say. I will never let you go. Happy Birthday my Love.... Make a Birthday Wish & it will come true...I made a wish on my Birthday & I know it will come true if you have anything to do with it. You were always there for me took good care of me & always made me Happy & Smile. Will miss all of that.

Always & Forever
Your future Wife

P.S. Shadow says Happy Birthday to you & Loves You & Misses you. Said to make w Birthday Wish & it will come true...I made a wish on my Birthday & I know it will come true if you have anything to do with it. You were always there for me took good care of me & always made me Happy & Smile.
September 10, 2012
I will miss you very much. I watch out the window for you to come home. I couldn't wait for you to get home so we could torment Mom I know how much you fun you had & enjoyed it when I tormented Mom. I will keep Mom safe like you told me to do when you left to go to work.I miss the walks we took together. One day I will see you again & we can have our fun & good times together. I will miss you deeply.

Love You & Miss You Always,
Your's & Mom's Loving Dog
September 7, 2012
To the Wonderful Man & Love of my Life, my one & only, my soul mate. My Heart was crushed when I was told the Devasting news I lost you. You were taken away from me too soon. We had a whole life ahead of us to spend together. Our future together, dreams we had, making our Wedding Plans & making each other Happy is gone. You will always have a Special Place in My Heart. I know you will watch over me, protect me, keep me safe & help me thru this difficult time. You are my Guardian Angel. You were & Always will be the Light of my Life. No one can take away all the Good times & Memories we shared away from me. One day we will be together again & make our Dreams come true. I will miss you very much. You maybe gone but will never be forgotten & will always be in My Heart each & everyday. I will take good care of Shadow for you. He misses you very much, it hurts me to see him watch for you to come home. We both will miss you & love you always. I will make sure I spoil him just like you did. I Love You & Always will. You were & still will be a special part of my life.
Love Always & Forever
Your future Wife
Roxane Gelecki
AKA your "Polish Commander"
Roxane Gelecki
September 7, 2012
To Roxane, Dan's one and only,the light of his life in more ways then one, what a great pair they were for almost 10years. We will miss you Dan, You were so good to everybody you knew. God Bless Betty & Eldon
Betty&Eldon Gelecki
August 29, 2012
To the family of Danil Ottis:
I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. May the God of all comfort help you during this difficult time.
1 Cor. 1:3,4
August 25, 2012
we love you and miss you

Kinkennon family
marion lincoln
August 16, 2012
he was a wonderful man and he will be missed my role model till the end he was a stand up with a heart of gold ashland will not be the same with out you you where the heart of ashland
August 16, 2012
Shellie and Ann, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My family in Ashland speaks so highly of your Dad. Praying for comfort and strength for all of you. Your 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Martin
August 13, 2012
A Letter From Heaven

To my dearest family, some things Id like to say.
But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven.
Here I dwell with God above.
Here, theres no more tears of sadness;
Here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through.
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, I welcome you.
Its good to have you back again, you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, They'll be here later on.

I need you here so badly, you are part of my plan.
There is so much that we can do, to help our mortal man.
God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night the days chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years.
Because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
If I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.

But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is over.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
But together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and Id like it for you too;
That as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who is in sorrow and pain;
Then you can say to God at night....My day was not in vain.
And now I am contented... that my life was worthwhile.
Knowing as I passed along the way I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low;
Just lend a hand to pick them up, as on your way you go.

When you're walking down the street and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.
And when its time for you to go...from that body to be free.
Remember you're not going...you're coming here to me.
written by

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2012

To the Ottis Family,
There are no words to help take away your grief. But please know no one can take away all the beautiful memories.
God Bless you all during this most difficult time. Thank you Officer Ottis for all you did for so many.
Elizabeth Kros and Harry Rudolph
Elizabeth Kros
August 13, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Ottis family. Dan was a unique and very rare police officer. He wore a badge, but never used it as a threat. He was there with a better solution to a poor situation. You touched more lives than I believe you ever knew.It was an honor to know such a wonderful man who will truly be missed. You will always be in our thoughts, prayers & hearts. RIP Dan Ottis. May God Bless You and your family always.
The Sawyers
August 13, 2012
Thoughts and prayers to you and your family Ottis we will all miss you greatly but see you once again

-The Edgertons
Robert Edgerton
August 11, 2012
Our sincerest condolences to family and friends of Officer Ottis. God bless you and yours. Rest in Peace.
Gary & Carole Grisham
August 11, 2012
Prayers to the family, he was an amazing guy that changed a lot of lives. We will miss you so much
Amber Larsen
August 10, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Rhonda Ford
August 10, 2012
My Thoughts and prayers, May you help the Angels & the streets of Heaven safe.
R.I.P Officer Ottis
Richard Styskal
August 10, 2012
We only had a few years with Dan but, he proved in a very short time that he was an asset to our community and its people. We are honored to have known this wonderful man! Rest in peace Dan. You will never be forgotten by the people of Ashland.
Scott and Tennille Resler
August 10, 2012
Thoughts and prayers. R.I.P Officer Ottis
Angie Bennett
August 10, 2012
Two good men gone, father and son. Im so sorry shelly and ann and family.
don carey
August 10, 2012
our prayers are with the family and friends of officer ottis
miss thomas
August 10, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time! Ottis was so loved by this community and touched so many hearts and families over the years, he will never be forgotten!!! He was more than just a cop in this town, he was a mentor and friend to everyone!! We are going to miss him so much!!

Lorene Fangman, Ashland, Nebraska
August 9, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Ottis family. Dan, you will always be loved and missed by everyone who knew you. Thanks for being a friend and sitting at U-Stop all those nights I closed.
Peggy Groves
August 9, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Ottis family. Dan was one of the greatest people we knew. It is a sad day to lose such a wonderful person and an outstanding police officer. He will never be forgotten and can never be replaced. RIP Ottis.
Kris Alley
August 9, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with Dan's family at this tragic time. I had the pleasure of working with both Dan and Eric when I worked at the Bennington City Office in the late 90's.
August 9, 2012
Our Deepest condelences to the Ottis Family on Dans passing. Dan, now you can rest, and knowing that you and Eric are watching over us that are still walking the beat is heartwarming. Dan, rest now, as I will miss you now and forever my Brother.

John Owens and Family
August 9, 2012
Thanks for thinking of The Veterans.
Past Commander V.F.W.
Bill Fead
August 9, 2012
My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. I knew Dan from my dad when he worked at the jail. So many great stories and funny memories happened there. I also went to school with Eric. Dan's amongst family and friends up there watching over you.
August 9, 2012
You were the "apple pie & ice-cream" for all of us at your Cheri O's family. We will miss you tons.
August 9, 2012
You were a class act Lt. Dan, your passing is a huge loss for the community. I'm proud to have worked with you and miss you. Farewell my friend.
Bart G
August 9, 2012
my family and i are very sorry that we all lost dan.
linda hiatt
August 9, 2012
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