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Stephen E. Otterbein

September 8, 1942 ~ October 22, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old

Stephen Otterbein Obituary

Stephen E. Otterbein, 81, peacefully passed away in Grand Rapids on October 22, surrounded by family.

For 40 years Steve prepared income taxes in Grand Rapids and Traverse City and was known for his summer business as Lake Michigan captain of the Sea Dog. For 30 years, Steve and the Sea Dog were well-known up and down the lake from South Haven to Leland. After retiring, he spent summers sportfishing inland lakes, fulfilling a personal mission to fill freezers with perch and bluegill.

Steve, the eldest child of Leo and Marcella (Zilonis) Otterbein, began his life of service as an altar boy and working at his father’s Texaco station. He graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1960 and earned an associate's degree at Davenport University.

Steve was a world traveler, outdoorsman and an honest and generous man who never met a stranger. He was a radio listener and devoted fan of WTCM, donating contest winnings to charity and often recognized people with random acts of kindness.  

A devoted and proud parent and grandparent Steve leaves behind two loving daughters, Lianne Pyle of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Aileen (Tim) Clark of Dexter, Michigan, and devoted son Tim (Kathy) Otterbein, Elizabeth, Colorado. Steve was the proud grandfather of eight: Myrissa and Trevor Pyle; Mitchell, Austin, Sawyer and Celina Clark; and Vincent and Sabrina Otterbein. He is survived by his longtime love Sue Merrell, two former wives: Jeannine Drake and Paula Garver, and his sister Julie. Steve is predeceased by his parents and brother, Marty. He is survived by lifelong friend, Dennis Wehler, and leaves a legacy of cherished family members and friends.

A memorial in honor of his life will be announced per his wishes.

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