Farming Rural 06

Robert Othmer

January 31, 1948 ~ May 16, 2019 (age 71)

Robert Theodore Othmer was born to Rudy Theodore Othmer and Annemarie (Spiegel) Othmer on January 31st, 1948 in Hastings Michigan.

He grew up on the family farm in Woodland Township living with his parents, grandparents, and 3 older siblings: Rose Marie, Peter and Hans. In 1966 he graduated from Lakewood High School the fourth valedictorian of the family. Bob received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from MSU in 1970 and went to work for Dow Chemical in Midland. More importantly in 1970 he married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Kathleen Ann (Benson) Othmer. They had 2 children; Dawn Marie and Rudy LeRoy.

Bob and his business partner started Enerco Corporation in 1977, when he and Kathy returned to the area, residing in Vermontville Township. He and Kathy spent the next 42 years building both the business and the family farm. He will be remembered both in business and in everyday dealings with his neighbors and friends, for his generosity and willingness to help others.

Bob returned to be with the Lord on May 16th, 2019. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his siblings Rose Marie, Peter and Hans (Sophie), his two children, Dawn (Andrew) Robotham and Rudy (Christin) Othmer and 6 grandchildren: Zachary, Laura, and Isaac Robotham and Robert, Mathew and Elizabeth Othmer.

He was preceded in death by his parents Rudy and Annemarie.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Koops Funeral Chapel from 4pm until 8pm.  The family will then receive family and friends on Friday, May 24, 2019 from 11am until 1pm at the Lakewood United Methodist Church with funeral services to begin at 1pm.  The family would like memorials in Bob’s name be made to the Wounded Warriors Project or Toys for Tots.  Online condolences can be left at

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