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Obituary for Johannes Jurgen Otzen

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Johannes Jurgen Otzen

July 16, 1954 - January 4, 2011

Johannes Jurgen OtzenJohannes Jurgen Otzen, 56, passed away Tuesday January 4, 2011, of heart failure. He was born July 16, 1954 to Walter and Helene Otzen in Rendsburg, Germany. Johannes graduated from school in Germany earning Bachelor’s degree in Education, Plumbing and Farming. He married Sharonn Brunetti Erickson on June 26, 1997. Johannes was employed at Davis County Fairgrounds as the concession manager. He enjoyed computers, making stained glass, photography and especially loved being outdoors whether working in his yard, hiking, or skiing. He is survived by his wife Sharonn, daughter; Maja Otzen, sister; Christa (Klaus Hermann) Sye, and step children; Shawn (Katy) Erickson, Jason (Rachel) Erickson, and Paul Erickson, and 6 step grandchildren.Johannes was preceded in death by his parents and stepson, Jamie Erickson.Memorial services will be held on Sunday, January 9, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden Utah. Cremation under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary.Online condolences may be sent to the family at


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Date: Sunday, January 9, 2011

Time: 3:00 pm -

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403


Timeline for Johannes Jurgen Otzen

Born: July 16, 1954
Died: January 4, 2011

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Suzanne Steab posted on 5/17/11

So sorry to hear of the loss of a former colleague and friend. He was a great chef at the FairPark...I have alot of good memories of those fun days...Johannes will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathies.


Heike Nagel posted on 2/25/11

Dear Sharon,I just got again in contact with Bettina and she told me about Johannes' death. I was really shocked. Although we didn't hear from each other for so many years, I feel so sorry for you. You have always been a wonderful friend to me during our time in Rendsburg, til you went back to the States and I went back to Berlin. I will never forget how you opened my mind for so many things and the wonderful discussions I had with you and Johannes.My thoughts are with you.Your friend Heike


Krystal B posted on 1/21/11

I am very sad that you are gone Johannes, you always seemed so happy. I enjoyed it every time you came into Sam's Club to pick up your orders. You will always be remembered. Rest in Peace......


Dorthe Kyster Oerter posted on 1/11/11

I received an e-mail from Bettina telling me that Johannes has left us much too soon.Dear Sharonn, although we lost contact, I was shocked to hear about Johannes' death. I cannot think of the time in Rendsburg without thinking of Johannes and you. We had a very nice time together and the two of you will always be an important part of my memories. Just recently I went through some old photos while preparing our move from Brussels, Belgium, back to Cologne in Germany, and one photo showed the two of you sitting on our couch with our cats. We shared many beautiful moments in Rendsburg and I'm glad that we got to know each other.I wish you and your family strength to come through the difficult time and Johannes will never be forgotten as long as we keep his memory in our hearts.Dorthe Kyster Oerter & family


Priscilla Allred posted on 1/11/11

Dear Sharonn,I just want you to know that I really liked Johannes and have good memories of him. We worked together at The Club Deli in Ogden years ago. He always made me laugh and was good on giving advice; we had a lot of fun together. I remember meeting you a couple of times, at the deli and then again when we all went to dinner together in Salt Lake with Chris and Jami and everyone. I was sad to see his obituary this past weekend and I would like to offer you my most sincere condolences. I know that you'll always have him with you in your heart. I pray that you and your family will find comfort in one another and in remembering him.Take care,Sincerely,Priscilla Allred


Dörte Schmidt posted on 1/11/11

Liebe Sharonn, die Nachricht von Johannes' plötzlichem und viel zu frühem Tod hat uns traurig und betroffen gemacht. Wir gedenken seiner in der Erinnerung an gemeinsam verbrachte fröhliche Stunden in Deutschland und sind traurig, dass er so früh gehen musste. Wir wünschen dir und deiner Familie viel Kraft in der schweren Zeit des Abschieds. Marie-Luise, Marlene und Dörte nebst Familien


Laura Barnett posted on 1/10/11

Dearest Sharonn,I wanted to write to offer my sincere condolences at the news of the sudden passing of Johannes. I know I only met him briefly on my various visits to Ogden, but you were both a very kind and considerate couple and I know that mum is deeply grateful for your welcoming her into your home and the continuous support you gave her over the years.My thoughts are with you at this difficult time and remember to carry all the happy memories with you always.With loveLaura


Bettina Gundolf posted on 1/10/11

Liebe SharonnI was so pleased to hear your lovely voice yesterday, but also in deep shock when you told me about the tragic loss of your dearest husband and friend. I still remember the cozy times in Rendsburg in your flat and all the trips we made around Schleswig Holstein. Johannes was such a strong and sound person - the two of you were so good together - his calm personality and humor really lit up every room and every heart he met. He was always so friendly towards me when I came down from Esbjerg to visit and he also visted my flat 6 years ago with you. Thank you, dear Sharonn for being my friend I am thinking so much of you and would love to come over to visit soon with my daughter.Viele liebe Gruesse von deiner dänischen Freundin, Bettina


Mike & Tina Erickson posted on 1/9/11

Sharonn, Having been through the loss you're experiencing I have an understanding of how hard this time must be for you. Johannes was always wonderful with the boys and their families. He was there for them when they needed help and had a quiet way of smoothing the problems of a move to a new home, hooking up a washer and dryer etc, he was a stablizing factor in their lives. We are so grateful for all the pictures of family events emailed to us to establish family memories and keep us close. He will be greatly missed. So sorry for your loss.Mike & Tina Erickson


Sally Milsom posted on 1/9/11

My dear dear friend Sharonn, Your message this evening was such a shock, but I am thankful to have heard your gentle voice rather than via email. Thank you for your consideration.Please accept my sincere condolences to you, Maja, your mother-in-law and entire family at this very sad time. We will talk when you are ready, and please know I am always here for you.You can shed tears that he is gone, Or you can smile because he lived, You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back, Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left. Your heart can be empty because you can't see him Or you can be full of the love that you shared, You can remember him and only that he is gone Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.RIP Johannes, my friend.


brett sabey posted on 1/8/11

so sorry to hear about the loss of an old friend...i have alot of great memory's of the fairpark... rest in peace friend


Sandy McKinnon posted on 1/8/11

Dear Sharon,I am so sorry for your loss. Johannes had so much sparkle and personality, I just can't imagine what it will be like without him. I was always so impressed how he learned the English language and the challenge it must have been to live and work in a completely different culture. But he seemed to take it in stride and made many friends. I consider myself one of his friends and will miss him. When I try and pick one word to describe Johannes the main one that comes to mind is "kind". And that is getting to be a rare quality anymore.Sandy McKinnon


Martina Kopte and Ulrich Beutler posted on 1/8/11

Dear Sharonn,our deepest sympathy to you and your family.Your call today shocked us and we had to recognize - one more time - that our life and existence is so fragile.Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.Martina and Ulli Beutler-Kopte from Rendsburg/Germany


Dr. Claudia Sye posted on 1/8/11

I am still shocked. I simply cannot believe my uncle Hannes is gone - so sudden and at such still young age. As he and Sharonn lived so far away and as we have therefore seen each other only every 2-3 years, it will take some time to realize that there will be no reunion in Lehmbek or Ogden. I will always remember my visit at his and Sharonn's place in Ogden in 2003 - it was so good to see his new home in the US and to get to know Sharonn's family. My thoughts are with him - I hope from the bottom of my heart that he is at a beautiful place now in a different world. And, of course, my deepest sympathy is with his family in the US, especially Sharonn, and with his and my family in Germany, especially his daugther Maja and his sister (my mother) Christa. His death has caused profound mourning.


Mike and Sherrie Harbertson posted on 1/8/11

Dear Sharonn and Family,We were shocked to pick up the paper and read of Johannes passing, we are deeply sorry for you and your family. We both still remember how kind and thoughtful you both were when buying the house on 25th St and how much in love you were and excited to start your life in your home together..We also had some of the best German meals made by Johannes at the resturant in So Ogden before his job at Davis County...Our Deepest sympathy to you and your families. May God comfort you at this time and may you find peace in the days ahead.Sincerely,Mike and Sherrie Harbertson


Carly McKinnon posted on 1/8/11

I've only ever met Johannes once, and it was very brief, but my mother worked with him. Somehow I came to adore this stranger purely through her stories about him. Every time I come to see my mom she's got hours of funny stories about the people and things going on where she works, and Johannes was always my favorite one to hear about. He was funny and kind, and I can tell that he was very much loved by everyone. He was also a very good friend and coworker to my mother in many ways. I didn't know him, but I'll still miss him. My deepest condolences for your loss.


larry posted on 1/8/11

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of need. Johannes was a unique human being. He will be missed. Take care and God Bless. Larry


Corvin & Jayne Snyder posted on 1/7/11

Johannes,We will miss your enthusiasm for life, your hospitality at the dinner table, and your appetite for photography and electronic gadgets. Corvin will miss the long discussions about politics and society. Sharon, we thans-you for sharing Johannes with us and we pray for your comfort and peace.Corvin & Jayne Snyder


Daron posted on 1/7/11

Johannes made working at the Davis County Fairpark my favorite job, to this day. He was always smiling and happy. Because of him I told my wife that I would love to use some of my vacation from work to go and work the Davis County Fair because it was so much fun. He was a great boss and a good man.


JaNae posted on 1/7/11

Sharon:I am so sorry for your loss; my thoughts and prayers are with you.JaNae


Mark Hansen posted on 1/7/11

Sharon, please accept my deepest sympathy concerning the dath of Johannes. What a nice guy. A year ago when I took the bus to work in Salt Lake he would be on the same bus with his motorized scooter. He really liked the open air. Take Care.Mark


DeAnn Wallwork posted on 1/7/11

Sharon:I recognize there are simply no words to bring you comfort right now. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. As I stated a few weeks ago, I am grateful you are a part of my life. I hope you are able to find some comfort in the loving arms of family and friends.DeAnn