Ben Ottmar died Jan. 21, 2015, of natural causes in Bartlesville, OK., after a lengthy illness.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Stumpff Funeral Home in Bartlesville. A memorial service will be held at a later date, followed by interment in North Dakota Veterans Cemetary in Mandan, ND. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the cemetery.
Ben was born Aug. 24, 1929, in Burt, ND, and worked on the family farm until he joined the Army in 1948. He was honorably discharged in 1952.
He worked for Northern Pacific Railroad from 1952-1962. During this time he met and married Bette M. Davison on Aug. 16, 1958, Killdeer, ND.
He worked for the Bureau of Reclamation (later renamed Western Area Power Administration) from 1962 – 1991 in Fort Peck, MT, Glendive, MT and Bismarck, ND.
Ben is survived by his wife Bette; daughters Laurie (Baltimore, MD) and Julie (Bartlesville, OK), her husband Ben Roberson; his two grandchildren, Shelbie and Benjamin; and a sister, Martha Reich of Lodi, CA; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers and 2 sisters.