Alfred "Charlie" Charles Otto

May 13, 1942September 11, 2021

Charlie Otto, 79, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at his residence in Singers Glen, VA.

Charlie was born on May 13, 1942, in Evanston, IL. He was the youngest son of the late Alfred H. and Rella G. Boigegrain Otto.

Charlie received a teacher’s degree from a local College in Wisconsin on June 1, 1962. He then went on to serve his country in the U.S. Navy on January 27, 1964, through January 26, 1970, in which he earned numerous service medals.

Charlie’s last 40 plus years of his life were spent in the Shenandoah Valley area. Over the past 20 years Charlie was self-employed and Co-Owner of Somerset, CJ Designs Inc. He and his wife Judy provided comfort to many families in providing residential homes and support for individuals having special needs.

As a gifted home builder and housing developer, Charlie devoted many years crafting beautiful custom pieces of furniture. Charlie also became skilled in leather work, creating exceptional western accessories for the sport of “Cowboy Mounted Shooting”.

An avid horseman throughout his life, his passion for the sport led him to establish the 1st Virginia CMSA, in the state of Virginia. He Served as the much beloved and honored President from 2007-2013.

Charlie is survived by his Wife, Judith “Judy” Otto; his brother, Paul Otto; Daughters, Jill Hermann, Robin Kemper, Jessica “Jessie” Milam, Trina Otto; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Otto and a great grand-daughter.

Local Memorial Service with Father John Baab will be held at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, where he attended, on September 29, 2021, at 11 o’clock am with reception to follow.

There will also be a Celebration of Life held at Sheboygan Yacht Club, in Sheboygan Wisconsin on Saturday, October 9, 2021, from 12 pm - 4 pm.

In Lieu of Flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to Special Olympics (Area #4) in his memory. Make checks Payable to: Special Olympics Area 4, 21 Southgate Court Suite. 103, Harrisonburg, VA. 22801.

A devoted husband and loving father, grandfather & great grandfather to all his family. Charlie’s life and legacy will live on.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at:


  • Judith "Judy" Otto, Wife
  • Paul Otto, Brother
  • Jill Hermann, Daughter
  • Robin Kemper, Daughter
  • Jessica "Jessie" Milam, Daughter
  • Trina Otto, Daughter
  • Seven, Grandchildren
  • Four, Great-Grandchildren
  • Rella G. Boigegrain Otto, Mother (deceased)
  • Alfred H. Otto, Father (deceased)
  • Joseph Otto, Brother (deceased)
  • One, Great-Granddaughter (deceased)

  • Special Olympics Area 4


  • A Memorial Service

    Wednesday, September 29, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life Service

    Saturday, October 9, 2021


Alfred "Charlie" Charles Otto

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Karla Young

October 1, 2021

Chuck and I met Charlie and Judy when we started Cowboy Mounted Shooting. We instantly became friends.
Charlie invited us to his home to practice and Chuck was able to take time off work and drive up to VA. The friendship started there. We supported each other through major health issues.

We loved the Otto’s hospitality. Charlie started the VA club and it was top notch. We enjoyed helping them out and being a part of their efforts.

We have great memories of Sheboygan when we traveled there to stay on the Seahorse. Charlie piloted us around the area. Charlie fulfilled a lifelong dream to spend summers on the lake cruising and spending time with relatives and friends.

Much love to Judy and Charlie’s family as they learn to face like without his strong guidance.

Eugene Pence

September 20, 2021

There is so many positive things I can say about Charlie ,I looked up to him as a father, taught me many things, you will truly be missed I can't even put into words. I'm so glad I was able to be part of your life, till we meet again I will always be thinking of you.

Michael Claypoole

September 20, 2021

Dear Judy

It was with great sadness we read in the paper the news of Alfred (Charles) death. He was a real individual - intelligent and unassuming. His grasp of the history of the places that you all visited was something special, as you could see in his expressions when he talked about them. He had been one of many people we admired for what he did in life. He was always cheerful and so helpful when someone needed any advice After all those great weeks and weekends of camping out in your other home on wheels, spending time with friends, clients, and family, we felt privileged to be part of your Big Happy family. His ready wit, great company will be sadly missed by us all. We were blessed to have known him for the times we did have with him.

When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you will see that you are weeping for that which has been your delight

Our love and thoughts are with you and your family at this very difficult time.

Blessings, The Claypooles

Robin Kemper

September 16, 2021

To mention how much Charlie will be missed would be a huge understatement. My daddy, my mentor, my rock, my inspiration….the list could go on extensively. Charlie was a man that was fearlessly, inspired to satisfy his curiosity about living life. I will forever be grateful he taught me to excel and always move forward. The memories made will be cherished until we meet again. Love you! ❤️❤️

Terri Tuck

September 16, 2021

It was a pleasure to know you over these last 20 plus years. You were a dedicated ID provider and will be sorely missed. You were always pleasant and it was a joy to do business with you .

Crystal Kwolek

September 15, 2021

You were such an important part of my life for the last 20 years. You were someone that I looked up to and respected. There were times when I wanted to give up, but all it would take is a phone call to you that would get me grounded and a renewed dedication to the task at hand. I thank you and Judy so much for allowing me to be a part of your lives and organization. I already miss you greatly and several times I have wanted to pick up the phone to call you. Until we meet again Charlie.