James T. Otts, Jr

James T. Otts, Jr., 74, of Independence, Missouri passed away at home surrounded by family on August 5, 2016.

James was born to Betty Lou & James Otts, Sr. of Independence, Missouri on September 18, 1941.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Vivian, and brother Jack. He’s survived by his son Robert J. Otts, daughter Aimee Otts, grandson Nathan Otts, brother-in-law Paul Brammer, Sr., cousin Sandy Reardon & many nephews and nieces.

After graduation in 1959 from Van Horn Sr. High he attended a semester of college, then in 1965 he enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving his country for 4 years. Upon returning home he started to work for Vendo Company then after several years there he went on to work for the City of Independence at the Fire Department where he retired in 1995 after 25 years of service.

He will be missed by his family, motorcycle riding buddies, and those who he befriended at his favorite watering holes.

A Memorial Gathering for James will be held September 10, 2016 from 11:00AM- 1:00PM at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd Raytown, Missouri 64133.


  1. Candy (Keck) Huschle on September 7, 2016 at 8:35 am

    So many great memories of Jim back in the ‘dragster days’. So sorry for your loss.

  2. Bill Lochman on September 8, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Our friendship goes back to walking to school at Mt. Washington in Kindergarten and getting into much mischief through high school. Sadly I have not seen him for over a year but mourn his loss.

  3. Jerry Titus on September 8, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Condolences to family. We shared many memories of fun times yesterday when we were young! He will be missed.

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