Former Alaska resident Paul Nelson Otis, of Georgetown, Ga., passed away Sunday, March 20, 2011. He was 68.
Mr. Otis was born in Mt. Sterling, Ky., on March 12, 1943, to Sidney Earl and Helen Francis (Willoughby) Otis. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1960 and was stationed in Kenai as an Inventory Account Specialist. He was honorably discharged in 1964.
As a Plumber & Steamfitters Union pipefitter and orbital welder, he contributed to the construction of the Alaska pipeline, nuclear power plants, oil rfineries, computer manufacturing plants, the Barter Island Alaska early warning defense system and naval shipyards around the United States. After retiring he settled in Georgetown where he enjoyed spending time with family and friends, watching old westerns and NASCAR, hunting and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sidney and Helen Otis; son, Daniel Otis; daughter, Donna Otis; anad sister, Mary Bruce Glover.
Mr. Otis is survived by his sons, Ron Otis, Sean (Erica) Otis and Ryan Phillips, and his daughters, Sandra (Ron) Simmons, Jessica (Darren) Henry and Tera Sales; grandchildren Trevor Otis; John, Ronald, Brittany and Mark Simmons; Anniya and Bradley Otis; and Skyler Otis; great-grandchildren Shalayne Simmons and Aiden McClure; brothers Jerry and Robert Otis; and many nephew and nieces.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, April 2, 2011, from 1 -- 4 p.m. in Mt. Sterling at his niece Julie Dragoo's house. His ashes will be placed by the family in Machpelah Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (www.stjude.org).
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