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Memorial services for Otto H. Zander, 89, of Sealy, Texas were held Tuesday, April 22, 2003 at 2 p.m. from the First United Methodist Church in Sealy with Rev. Bill Webb officiating. Graveside services were held Thursday, April 24, 2003 at 11 a.m. at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston, Texas.

Born and raised in the farming community of Salem (3 miles South of Brenham), Otto was the son of Otto and Mathilda (Jeske) Zander. He came from a family of 10 children (7 girls and 3 boys) with only one sister, Mildren Moeller of Comfort, Texas still living.

After high school, Otto attended Blinn College for 1 year in the business department. Otto stayed on the farm until 1933 and then moved to Houston.

From 1941 to 1945, Otto served his country in the U.S. Army as a Staff Sergeant in the 3rd Armored Division. During W.W.II. He spent 2 years overseas, stationed in France, Belgium and Germany. One year was spent in actual combat duty. While overseas, he drove a truck loaded with ammunition for the tanks and also drove troops to the front lines. Otto even had a glimpse of General Patton (complete with his ivory handled pistols).

After the military, Otto was back in Houston in construction and oil field work. From 1963 to 1978, he worked in shipping and receiving at Allied Industries, a subsidiary of Brown and Root.

In 1971 Otto married Jeanne Larson and made their home in Bellaire. Otto retired in 1985, and he and Jeanne moved to Sealy.

Otto was a member of AARP and the VFW and American Legion Posts in Spring Branch. His hobbies include gardening, dominoes and white wind bird hunting. Otto played baseball in Brenham, which began a life long passion for baseball, he specifically liked the Atlanta Braves.

Otto Henry Zander died Friday, April 18, 2003 in Sealy, Texas.

Survved by his wife Jeanne Zander of Sealy, stepdaughter Norma Gainer and her husband Sam, stepdaughter Janet Larson, all of Houston, his sister Mildred Moeller of Comfort, Texas and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and 6 sisters.

In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions may be made to the Hospice Brazos Valley, 705 South Austin Sreet, Brenham, Texas 78933 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 501 Bellville, Texas 77418.

Funeral services under the direction of Knesek Family Funeral Chapels in Sealy, Texas.

Posted by Joy Neely

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