Jacob Frank Ottinger, 83, district manager, Mason

April 25, 2002

Jacob Frank Ottinger, 83, district manager, Mason

Jacob Frank Ottinger, a longtime resident of the Towson area who worked for the former Glenn L. Martin Co. during World War II, died of stroke complications Saturday at Oak Crest Village in Parkville. He was 83.

A resident at Oak Crest for the past five years, he formerly lived in Northwood and Woodbrooke Village. Mr. Ottinger was a native of Lynchburg, Va., where he excelled in basketball and tennis at E.C. Glass High School -- and played an exhibition match against tennis great and Wimbledon champion Bill Tilden.

He moved to Baltimore in 1939, and went to work at the Martin aircraft plant in Middle River. He was a final assembly supervisor and conducted test flights. He tried to enlist in the military, but the company identified him as an employee essential to the war effort.

It was at Martin that he met his wife of 56 years, Marian Willson, who worked as the head telephone operator.

After leaving Martin in 1948, Mr. Ottinger commuted to jobs on Long Island for Republic Aviation and Flight Refueling. In 1955, he went to work as a salesman for Limitorque Corp. in Lynchburg, and retired in 1990 as a district manager.

He was a 57-year member of the Masons, at Mount Moriah Lodge No. 119, and had belonged to the Scottish Rite and Boumi Temple. He was a member of the Society of Iron and Steel Engineers, the American Society of Naval Architects and the Engineering Society of Baltimore.

A memorial service was held yesterday.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Ottinger is survived by a son, Marc W. Ottinger of Stoneleigh; a brother, Kenneth L. Ottinger of Midlothian, Va.; and two grandchildren.

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