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Jay Meredith Lotz

December 31, 1928September 25, 2020
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Brigadier General Jay Meredith Lotz Brigadier General Lotz passed away on September 25, 2020. He was 91 years old. The General was born 31 December 1928 in Portland, Indiana, Jay County. He was named by his grandfather, J.A. Buckmaster. His first name was proposed as just the letter “J” but was mistakenly entered as Jay (Ref: Jay County) and his middle name after the Indiana poet, Meredith Nickolson. He is survived by his spouse Marilyn Jean (Sunderhaus) Lotz, and his 3 children and their spouses, Kevin Jay Lotz (Elaine), Steven Dennis, and Suzanne Lorraine Smith (Stephen). He had three grandchildren, Megin Lotz, Matthew Lotz and Jake Lotz and 3 great-grandchildren, Evie, Emma, and Lucy Jean Lotz. He is survived by his brother Milton B. Lotz. He is preceded in death by his sisters Harriet Ann Adair, Lois Jane England and his parents Lois Louella Buckmaster Lotz and Lester Lotz. General Lotz survived a somewhat tumultuous upbringing with the sad passing of his mother when he was 11 years old. The time was WWII and his father held a critical, demanding and time consuming job as the only tool maker in a local factory in Portland. Hi father’s obligations left him somewhat unsupervised much of the time, however, his family previously had provided a strong foundation and discipline for his upbringing. He was a member of the Boy Scouts and achieved the rank of Life Scout. He was a better than average student and played Varsity Football and Basketball in High School. He played football (right end) on the 1945 Portland High School team that set a state record by being “Undefeated, Untied, and Unscored on” while scoring 309 points to their seven opponents 0 points. He also played on the Varsity Basketball team which went to State Semifinals and was beaten in the afternoon game. After graduating from High School, he worked for a year saving money to attend a vocational school, Lain Drafting College. In September 1947 he enrolled in Lain Drafting College in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was a member of the Lain Basketball team and very receptive to the drafting training. In September, 1948, he left school to hire in at Allison Gas Turbine Division of General Motors. He worked 40 years and 6 months advancing from the position of file clerk for the drafting checking department to the Chief of Drafting position. In June of 1948 when the Selective Service was reinstated, he joined the Indiana National Guard. Thanks to General Motors policies regarding employee participation in the reserve components, he was able to attend the necessary schooling to advance through the military ranks from the position of PVT-E1 to the rank of Brigadier General. On April 4, 1952 he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in Armor and assigned to the 38th Recon CO. A year later the Recon Co. was moved to Linton , IN and it became necessary to relocate his assignment to another branch. He found a vacancy in the 38th Division Artillery serving as H&H Btry XO. After attending the Basic Artillery Officers Course at Ft. Sill, OK, he was assigned as a Forward Observer in a firing battery in Noblesville, IN. His next assignment was back to H&H Btry 38th Div Arty as XO, and then later as Btry Commander. Subsequently, he was later assigned as S-4, 2Bn of 139 Bn, then S-4, 38th Div Arty, then Bn Cdr, 2nd Bn 150th 155 mm&8’ Howitzer Bn, then Bn Cdr, 3rd Bn 139th Honest John Bn. In 1971 he was reassigned as G-4 38th Div. HQ and in1974 was assigned as Chief of Staff, 38th Div. After three years as C of Staff he was appointed Commandant of the Indiana Military Command. He then was considered for appointment as a Brigadier General and was appointed as Assistant Division Commander, 38th Infantry Division. After serving two years as ADC he was reassigned as State Area Commander with the responsibility for contingency plans for state emergencies and special operations. He resigned from the Indiana National Guard in July 1983 after 35years of service. Service schools attended were the Field Artillery Officers Basic Course, The Advanced Artillery Course, The command and General Staff College, and numerous special short courses in maintenance and refresher schools. He was awarded many honors over the years including Sagamore of the Wabash and Kentucky Colonel. Jay met Marilyn on a blind date in 1949. They married in 1950 and enjoyed 70 years together. Jay loved telling the story of their Florida honeymoon trip in their Studebaker with the wooden bumpers. They had three children, and had many vacations camping when the kids were young. He enjoyed a good game of golf whether with his son Steve or his brother Milt. He especially enjoyed his trips to Scotland to play St. Andrews. Jay and Marilyn hosted many parties at their backyard pool. We all have plenty of memories of burning the ham. Jay and Marilyn spent many winters in Englewood Florida, where they would enjoy the warm weather, games of dominoes with his brother and his wife, and spend the days reading and watching sports. In his most recent years Jay enjoyed sitting on his patio, watching the birds and hummingbirds feed and the water sparkle in the pool. Jay’s favorite saying was “Everyday is a good day, just some are better than others.”

Services

  • Memorial Calling

    Tuesday, October 6, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, October 6, 2020

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Terry Nicodemus

October 8, 2020

I knew Jay through his and Marilyn’s friendship with my parents, Alonzo and Hazel Nicodemus. They became acquainted during their respective retirement years and enjoyed many social activities together. I also bowled with Steve for a number of years at Woodland Bowl..
Marilyn and Steve, let me express my condolences to both of you and the rest of your family.

Terry

Jorg Stachel

September 28, 2020

I have only fond memories of BG Lotz . When he became the C/S for the 38th Infantry Div., I was a young Major and Secretary to the General Staff. I found him to be a fair, knowledgeable, and motivated leader. I had a strong feeling that he would become a General Officer, and he did.
He had a great sense of humor and he also could be very stern.
In his post retirement years we came together at many Artillery and Adjutant General activities at Camp Atterbury and at the Military Officer Association of America Meetings. I enjoyed discussions with both he and his wife. A great team and he will be missed. RIP
Jorg Stachel
Col. (ret.)

Earl Yoho

September 27, 2020

A truly fine officer who will be greatly missed. I had the pleasure of knowing BG Lotz when he was in the DIVARTY and later on the 38th Division Staff. He was instrumental in aiding my military career by being involved in my selection as 38th Division Provost Marshal. I always respected his guidance and advice and looked forward to the times we were reunited at the Camp Atterbury Briefings and social events. May he forever rest in peace knowing he influenced many under his command.

Col Tom B. Bodine

September 26, 2020

Gen Lotz was one of the most militarily knowledgeable senior officers I ever worked for. He kept you busy but never overworked. He maintained full awareness of your assigned projects and communicated on a daily basis. His troops always came first and were foremost in his mind. His staff meetings were always direct and to the point. He did not believe in wasting time with unnecessary chatter. I will miss him and his Emails and I am sure the retired military community will miss him too. May he rest in peace knowing he served his country well.

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