Arlene Ruth Hottinger

September 28, 1928 ‒ November 22, 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Arlene Ruth Hottinger, age 92, of Mount Vernon, Ohio passed away on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at the Mount Vernon Health and Rehabilitation Center.  She was born on September 28, 1928 in Mount Vernon to the late Arvel and Helen (Pauline) Hottinger.

After school, Arlene joined the United States Air Force and became a nurse.  She retired as a Lieutenant Colonel and served from 1951 until 1973.  Arlene loved the military and her military life.  She was proud of serving in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.

She dearly loved her family and friends and they meant the world to her.  Arlene was one of the founders of the charity HopeNow Furniture Bank in Knox County, Ohio. She was very active with the Faith Lutheran Church and loved her many friends there.  Animals were the love of her life and she enjoyed all the pets she had throughout the years.  One of her greatest enjoyments was traveling the world with family and friends.

She is survived by her loving friends, Pam Dalton, Barb and Glen Kandel; niece and nephew, Brenda Spangler, Dick (Sherry) Krieder; and a cousin, Marge Kleer.

Along with her parents, Arlene is preceded in death by her brother, William Krieder.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, November 27, 2020 from 10-11am at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home; 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.  A graveside service will take place at 1:00pm in Union Grove Cemetery in Gambier, Ohio with Pastor Marvin Haught officiating.  Military honors will be observed by the Knox County Joint Veterans Counsel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of donors choice.

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  • I met Arlene 23 years ago when we joined the same bowling league. Then, to my surprise, she showed up at my church one Sunday while searching for a church she felt comfortable with. Arlene was one of the most caring, giving souls that I ever met. She told such awesome stories about her adventures in life. Rest in peace Arlene, God has truly gained another angel.

  • What a wonderful Christian lady. My sister and I met Arlene several years ago while all of us were attending church at First Baptist Church. The friendship continued through the years, and, anytime we would see Arlene, she always had a keen interest in how we were doing, as we did for her.
    She was so very proud of her service to our country. Thank you, Arlene, for your service!
    We re-connected and picked up on our friendship when a beloved friend was at the assisted living facility where Arlene resided. Our friend and Arlene gained a friendship, as well.
    It is sad to lose Arlene, but what a glorious day for her as she was greeted by the loving Lord she served through the years.
    Fly high, Arlene, until we meet again.

    Vickie Marra
    Roger Marra

  • Thank you for your service to our country, Lieutenant Colonel Hottinger! My mother was 2Lt. Army Nurse in WWII, who resigned her commission to marry my father, when his enlistment ended. How times change…..
    “Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
    Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds –
    and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of –
    wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence.
    Hovering there I’ve chased the shouting wind along
    and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air.
    “Up, up the long delirious burning blue
    I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,
    where never lark, or even eagle, flew;
    and, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
    the high untrespassed sanctity of space,
    put out my hand and touched the face of God.”

  • Arlene: Thank you for our 3 yrs of Nursing School at Mansfield General Hospital together. We had many hard years of working and studying for our exams.
    You were one of the best friends I ever had.
    My husband, daughter, and I visited Arlene at her cabin in Alaska. We had many good times together. Darlene S., Wanda H., and Arlene would come up to my home in MI, and we would have wonderful times and stories to reminisce.

  • Arlene was such an interesting person to talk with. I met her 6 years ago at the same senior care facility where my mother stayed. We talked about her years in the Air Force. My dad was in the Air Force. Arlene was a gentle soul. She loved living in Alaska for 10 years after she retired. She was a Christian. We shared the same political views. Due to Covid this year we did not visit as usual. So sorry not to see her more. Rest in peace my friend Arlene. I will miss you.