Otis Harold Hussey passed away in Eagle Point, Ore., on February 20, 2012. He was born December 21, 1927, in Grants Pass, Ore., to Elwood and Amy Henry Hussey, of Cave City (now Cave Junction), Ore. He attended school in Kerby, Ore., graduating in 1946, from Kerby Union High School (now Illinois Valley High School in Cave Junction). He married Carmelita Krauss, of Selma in 1946. He worked for Rough and Ready Lumber Co. from 1946 until 1957. He belonged to the 186th Infantry unit of the Oregon National Guard from 1947 to 1957, attaining the rank of Second lieutenant. Otis received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and has been a member of the Alliance Bible Chapel in Ashland, Ore., since 1957.
In 1957, he moved his family to Ashland, Ore., to attend Southern Oregon College (now SOU), graduating in 1960, with a bachelor of science degree in education. He taught at Ashland Junior High School (now Ashland Middle School) from 1960 to 1974, during which time he earned a masters of science degree in social studies. In 1974, Otis and his wife accepted teaching positions at Sentani International School in Irian Jaya (now Papua), Indonesia, where they taught school, retiring in 1989. They had a daughter, Kathryn Elaine, and sons, Michael Otis, and Steven Elwood.
Otis was predeceased by his parents, Elwood and Amy Hussey; brother, Elwood Hussey; and son, Michael Hussey. Otis is survived by daughter, Kathryn, of Virginia; son, Steven, of Medford; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He enjoyed being with family, friends, reading his Bible, keeping up with current events, telling stories, hunting, and horseback riding.
A celebration of life service will be held at the Alliance Bible Chapel 748 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland OR, at 10:00 a.m., Sunday, February 26, 2012. A graveside service will be held on the same day, at 3:30 p.m., at Laurel Cemetery, in Cave Junction, Ore.
Arrangements are under the direction of LitwillerSimonsen Funeral Home, Ashland, Oregon.