Saturday, June 5, 2021
Jerome J. Otawka, age 85, of Crown Point, IN, passed away Saturday, June 5th 2021. He was born July 13th, 1935 in Gary, IN to the late John and Helen Otawka. In 1953, he graduated from St. Procopius Academy (now Benet Academy) in Lisle, Illinois. He served active duty in the US Army from 13 May 1958 to 6 May 1960 and was honorably discharged in April 1964. Jerome worked at US Steel in Gary for 47 years and 23 days, retiring from his position as a machinist in the electrical shop in 2000. He was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Merrillville.
He is survived by sister, Marie (Arnold) Rettig; nieces: Debra (Ronald) Simko, Cynthia Martinez, Janice (Robert) Nikolich, Susan (William) Cooper, Christine Rettig; nephew, Richard Rettig; and ten (plus two on the way!) grand nieces and nephews.
Jerome enjoyed vehicles, photography, food, Slovak culture, and reminiscing about his military service, especially winning rifle matches and being stationed at Warner Barracks in Bamberg, Germany. Many in Northwest Indiana knew him as ‘Uncle Jerry’. He was buried with full military honors in Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, Indiana.
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