Joseph Andrew Motter

November 13, 1926 ‒ February 01, 2015

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Joseph Andrew Motter passed away on February 1, 2015.  Joseph was born on November 13, 1926, in Kenton, Ohio, to Errett and Hazel (Kimble) Motter.

Joe graduated from Ada High School and during the 1940s, was the drummer in a local swing band called the Swing Kings.  The band played for school dances and other local area events.  Joe also worked as a Freight Clerk for the Pennsylvania Railroad from 1947 until 1949.

Joe joined the United States Army and served as Corporal at Fort Banks, Massachusetts during the Korean War. While at Fort Banks he met Arlene DeBonis and the two were married on August 22, 1953 in Winthrop, Massachusetts. Joe worked for Yellow Freight System from 1968 until he retired on January 31, 1990.

Joe enjoyed spending time outdoors and could often be found working in the yard, riding his lawn mower, or feeding the birds.  When he wasn’t outdoors, you could find Joe sitting in his recliner watching westerns or listening to big band music.  Family meant everything to Joe and he enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by his parents Errett Motter and Hazel (Kimble) Motter, his brother Leo Clair Motter, and his sister Patricia (Motter) Fox and his wife of sixty-one years, Arlene (DeBonis) Motter.

He is survived by his children: Steve Motter (Joy) of Bellville, Ohio, Rick Motter (Deborah) of Sanford, North Carolina, Kim Ocheltree (Bill) of Bellville, Ohio, and Robin Heise (Mark) of Yellow Springs, Ohio, along with nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The Motter family will receive friends Saturday February 7, 2015 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Private interment will be in Mansfield Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Stroke Association or MedCentral Hospice.

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  • Steve , Rick ,Kim , Robin and families
    Sorry to hear of the loss of your dad so close to the loss
    of your mom
    Coni and I send our condolences
    Uncle Jack

  • Rick, my condolances are with you. Your Dad sounded like a great man. He is in a better place now.

  • The Motter Family:
    I cannot imagine the black cloud hovering over your heads at this time. Definitely not enough time to have digested the loss of your Mom, then to have your Dad follow so soon!! Although, there is never enough time to prepare for losing someone so close. This is overwhelming for anyone to bear. Please know that we both hope that the love & kind words of your friends and family will somehow comfort you at this terribly sad time…. Know that they are at Peace and no longer in pain or suffering….