HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 24
(By Delegates Storch, Ferns, and Ashley)
[Introduced February 15, 2012.]
Commemorating the life of the Honorable Paul J. Otte, businessman, public servant, veteran, and a man of honesty, love, and generosity, dedicated to his family, friends, state, country, and God.
Whereas, Paul J. Otte was born on January 9, 1923, in Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia, the fourth of five sons of the late Edward and Marie Morris Otte of Wheeling, West Virginia; and
Whereas, Paul J. Otte began his education at Saint John’s Home of Wheeling and later graduated from Wheeling Central Catholic High School. He attended West Virginia Northern Community College prior to serving in the United States Army during World War II, and eventually graduated from the United States Army Provost Marshall School; and
Whereas, In 1980, Paul married Lucille Wilhelm, his best friend, with whom he enjoyed 31 years of love and devotion; and
Whereas, Paul J. Otte was part owner of the Otte Brothers and State Dry Cleaners of Martins Ferry; and
Whereas, Paul was a member of and donated time and enthusiasm to numerous organizations in Ohio County including the Wheeling Lions Club, Serra Club, Short Circuit Club, Wheeling Elks Lodge No. 28, Fraternal Order of Police Association, Wheeling Hospital volunteers, American Legion Post No. 1, Mount de Chantal Academy Board, Cystic Fibrosis campaign, Ohio County Farm Bureau, IAC of Wheeling, St. Michael’s Holy Name Society, and AARP of Wheeling. He was also recognized as a 4th Degree, lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus; and
Whereas, The Honorable Paul J. Otte was appointed to the West Virginia House of Delegates on July 11, 1974, by Governor Arch A. Moore Jr. to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Judith A. Herndon. Paul was then elected to the House of Delegates in 1974 and reelected in 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, and 1988. During his tenure in the House, Paul served on numerous committees including Education, Finance, Government Organization, Rules, Constitutional Revision, Industry and Labor, and Health and Welfare. In addition, Paul served for many years as Minority Whip of the House; and
Whereas, During his sixteen years in the Legislature, Paul worked to improve the lives of his fellow West Virginians by sponsoring and working to have passed bills to improve emergency life-saving, increase funding and establish uniform training for volunteer fire departments, rights of the disabled, and watershed issues; and
Whereas, The Honorable Paul J. Otte was called to his heavenly home and place of rest on June 26, 2011, leaving behind a legacy of public service and dedication to helping improve the lives of his fellow West Virginians; therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Delegates:
That the House of Delegates hereby commemorates the life of the Honorable Paul J. Otte, businessman, public servant, veteran, and a man of honesty, love, and generosity, dedicated to his family, friends, state, country, and God; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the House of Delegates hereby extends its sincere sympathy at the passing of the Honorable Paul J. Otte; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a copy of this resolution to the family of the Honorable Paul J. Otte.