Joseph W. Oetgen (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Joseph William "Joe" Oetgen, Sr., 81, died June 16, 2008 at his residence. He was born in Thunderbolt, son of the late Walter F. and Pansy Bragg Oetgen. He was a graduate of Savannah High School, Armstrong State Junior College and attended Clemson University and the University of Georgia. He began his work career with Wachtels Physicians Supply Company in Savannah. In 1958, he moved to Augusta, Georgia joining Marks Surgical Supply Company, serving as purchasing agent remaining there for 20 years. Mr. Oetgen later transferred to Houston, Texas living there for 2 years and on to Atlanta, Georgia living there 18 years retiring from Owens & Minor, Inc. after 40 years of service in the surgical supply field. He was a charter member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Thunderbolt and Advent Lutheran Church in Augusta, a former member of St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Doraville and a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension. During his years, he was involved in many areas of church service to include, councilman, choir member and other areas. He participated in the Crafts Ministry at First Southern Methodist Church. Mr. Oetgen served in the United States Navy during World War II as an aviation machinist mate 3rd. class. Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Sarah Ford Oetgen of Savannah; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Joseph W. "Jody" Oetgen, Jr. of Savannah; William E. and Cindy Oetgen of Jacksonville, FL; sister, Gloria Dillon and her husband, Frederick of Pensacola, FL: granddaughter, Tori Nicole Oetgen of Atlanta and several nieces and nephews. Memorial Service: 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 19, 2008 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel. Burial: Hillcrest Abbey Memorial Park. Remembrances: Enlarge Our Vision, C/O Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension, 120 Bull St., Savannah, GA 31401. Please sign our on-line guestbook at . Sign the guestbook at

The Augusta Chronicle-June 18, 2008