Lothar Otto Schletter
(1940 - 2011)

Lothar Otto Schletter

December 29, 1940

United States of America
February 6, 2011

This site is dedicated to Lothar Otto Schletter. Lothar or "Otto" as he liked to be called, died suddenly while at work, on February 6, 2011. He is survived by his daughter Ursula, sisters Ingrid, Lola, and Heidi, and his brother-in-law Ewald; nieces and nephews include Werner, Monica, Harry, Erica, and Marina; also numerous great-nephews and great-nieces whom he was just beginning to know.

Otto lived on his boat "Amante" for most of the past 17 years. He loved the ocean and his dream was to cruise the islands once he retired. The day before his passing he said,
"If I have to go, I'll go with a smile on my face. I've had some great adventures. I've had a good life."

We've been privileged to know him, and so grateful he was in our lives.

Good night sweet dreamer.

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There was a boy,
a very strange enchanted boy.
They say he wandered very far,
very far,
over land and sea.
A little shy,
and sad of eye,
but very wise was he.
And then one day,
one lucky day he passed my way.
And while we spoke of many things,
fools and kings,
this he said to me,
"The greatest thing
you'll ever learn,
is just to love
and be loved in return."

So glad to have known you. Your willingness to learn and see things anew in your later years, your love of nature, your ability to listen without judgment, your zest for life and adventure, were an inspiration. When I think of you, I always see a smile. So glad we got to hug, the day before you left.
Heidi Ash (Sister)
September 15th, 2014
Hello, I was so sorry to learn of Otto's passing. I got to know Otto while he was in Kalamazoo, MI in the mid-80's. His auto repair shop specialized in Toyota's and I had 1977 Land Cruiser that was having some problems. The dealer had done some repair, but the truck was still running poorly, so I took it to Otto's shop to see if he could fix it. I didn't know Otto at the time, was just looking for someone to fix my truck.

You know the notion of "entering as a stranger and leaving as a friend"? Well, that perfectly describes my first visit to Otto's shop. What a great guy, so warm and friendly. And he fixed the Land Cruiser as well, got it running good as new. Took it back for service many times. Otto's business seemed to be doing well. He was always busy, and he moved his shop to a new, larger building nearby.

On one of my last visit's, I mentioned I was thinking about selling the truck, and he was interested. We traded vehicles, I got his red, Toyota truck, and he got the Land Cruiser. He had a little plastic sign he had made attached to the dash, "Yes I mind if you smoke". I kept that truck for 12 years, and finally traded it in, but kept the sign as a memento.

During the time of that transaction, he told me about his plans. He was closing his shop, leaving Kalamazoo and sailing his boat to Florida through the St. Lawrence seaway. What an adventure! I remember him saying "I'm leaving at the end of the week, we must have lunch together before then."

The day before he left, we met for lunch somewhere downtown Kalamazoo. He had everything planned out for his journey and talked about the details. And how he had sold his business and everything involved with that. Seemed like he had a thousand things going on at the same time. Funny thing, during lunch, there must have been at least 10 people stop by the table to say hello to him, or so long. Like he knew most of the folks in that place.

So, I often wondered what the rest of the story was. And now I know after reading your memorial.

I tacked that little sign over the entry door, just inside my garage. So I'd pass it every day. Occasionally I'd notice, and recall Otto, and his zest for life, and hoped he was doing well.

Thanks for sharing,
Bill Calvert
September 15th, 2014
Forever in my heart!
Betsy Page (Former Wife)
June 3rd, 2014
My Father enjoyed life and enjoyed it to the fullest. Children loved him and he made people laugh. I still miss him and always will.
Ursula Schletter (Daughter)
June 3rd, 2014
"He took the cup of life to sip
and bitter it was to drain;
he put it gently from his lips
and went to sleep again ."
Lola kissinger (sister)
June 1st, 2014
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"Sure wish we could talk. Wonder what you would say of the insanities going on in the world these days. I turn 70 this year. Weird eh? Love you much. Probably see you soon."
Heidi Ash
July 18th, 2019
"Sure wish we could talk. Wonder what you would say of the insanities going on in the world these days. I turn 70 this year. Weird eh? Love you much. Probably see you soon."
Heidi Ash
July 18th, 2019
"Hey Bro: world is going nuts in so many ways. I sometimes think that you & mom & dad are lucky not to be here anymore. Thinking of you often. Hope to see you around the universe sometime. Hugs. H"
Heidi Ash
April 14th, 2018
"Lothar, ich habe eben an dich gedacht und deinen Namen ins Internet eingegeben. Heraus kam diese sie, von der ich gar nichts Wusste . Komme jetzt mal ab und an vorbei. Mach es gut. Wir sehen uns. *Susanne* ;)"
Susanne Hoffmann
October 22nd, 2015
"You were & are my only 'Bro.' I am so grateful for the time I had in the last few years to get to know you better. Thank you for supporting me in all my plans & crazy ideas. Your open heart was very comforting. See you around the universe. Heidi"
Heidi Ash
September 15th, 2014

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