Charley M. Otley

Born: Tue., Aug. 28, 2012
Died: Tue., Aug. 28, 2012

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Mon., Sep. 03, 2012
Location: Burns Elks Lodge #1680

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Life time Harney County Rancher Charley Otley, 91, died on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at Harney District Hospital.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, September 3, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Burns Elks Lodge #1680 with burial to follow at the Burns Cemetery.  Donations in Charley Otley's memory can be made to the Shriner's Hospital in care of LaFollette's Chapel, PO Box 488; Burns, Oregon 97720.

Charley Otley was born on August 3, 1921, to parents Henry and Mary Otley.  He had 2 brothers, Howard and Harold.  They lived In Lawen, Oregon until 1934.  In 1928 when he was just 7 years old, his father Henry had the contract to build a railroad track between Burns and Seneca.  Charley had lots of fun playing with Howard and Harold.  In 1934 the family moved to Drewsey because of the drought.  They lived there until 1944 when the family bought a ranch from Fred Smyth in Diamond.  They called this ranch Otley Brothers, and Charley, Howarrd and Harold ran it with their father and his brother Charlie.  He met Maryanna Brown at a Diamond dance while she was staying with her aunt and uncle, Walt and Opal Cooley.  They married on January 28, 1950.  In 1951 Maryanna was diagnosed with diabetes.  Charley, Maryanna and Dr. John Weare drove to Ontario where they took the train to Portland to learn more about the disease.  At that time, Dr. Holcomb said that Charley knew as much about diabetes as most doctors.  Their son Bill was born August 6, 1953.  Charley was very active in the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association in the 1960’s and 190’s.  From 1972 to 1973 he served as president of the OCA.  In 1984 Otley Brothers was divided into 3 different ranches, with Charley’s ranch being the Diamond Valley Ranch.  No one ever has put a “slow moving vehicle” sign on any of the cars he drove, and you could usually find peanut M&M’s in the glove box or inside the door.  He enjoyed playing cards very much.  He, Howard, Rye and Norma Smyth used to play pinochle a lot.  He loved playing pitch with Delmer Clemens and the gang, and his last partner was Bill Cheek.  He always had a game of solitare going at the table.  A few years ago he and Maryanna moved to Burns.  Breakfasts with Bob and the rest of the coffee shop crew was a highlight of every day.

Charley Otley is survived by his wife of 62 years Maryanna Otley.  Son, Bill Otley & wife Rita and granddaughter, Kristie Otley, sister-in-law, Mary Otley; nephews Bob Otley, Harry and wife Mary Otley, Fred and wife Debbi Otley; Nieces Shirley and husband Earl Carson, Sherry and husband Doug Stott, numerous great nephews, great nieces, and great great nephews and nieces, along with many wonderful friends.

Charley was preceded in death by his parents: Henry & Mary Otley, brothers; Howard & wife, Genie Otley and Harold Otley.  His father & mother-in-law, Glenn & Violet Brown.

Charitable donations may be made in Charley's memory to the following organization:

Shriner's Children Hospital

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Nancy Carpentier
   Posted Thu August 30, 2012
My deepest sympathies, Bill & Maryanna. I will keep you in prayer during this time of loss. Please excuse my absence from the memorial service as I will be working. I really wanted to pay my respects.

Steve & Jari Armstrong
   Posted Mon September 03, 2012
Our deepest condolences. What a great friend, he will be missed by many. We wished to attend the service, but are out of town.

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