John "Jack" Thomas Ottinger Jr.

July 26, 1954April 5, 2019

John “Jack” Thomas Ottinger, Jr. passed away at age 64 on April 5, 2019 in Melbourne, FL, after a three-year battle with multiple system atrophy. Jack met this challenge with unwavering faith in the Lord, always reading and studying Scripture. He and his wife Julie shared forty years of marriage together.

Jack was born on July 26, 1954 in Ridley Park, PA, to John and Nancy Ottinger. He attended the University of Delaware, where he met his wife Julie, graduating with a degree in Political Science in 1976. He then attended Westminster Theological Seminary outside Philadelphia, PA, completing his Masters of Divinity in 1979 and was ordained in the Presbyterian Church of America in 1981. He served in the pastorate from 1979 to 1986 at Valley Presbyterian Church, Trinity Presbyterian Church, and New Covenant Presbyterian Church. Most of his professional career was spent at Cornerstone Ministries Investments (previously Presbyterian Investors Fund), where he worked diligently to assist churches in obtaining financing to build facilities for their ministries. For the last decade, he obtained financing for senior living and memory care facilities. He also co-founded Heritage Classical Center, a classical homeschool program in Atlanta, GA, where he taught several subjects in the early 2000s.

He was a member of Covenant Church in Palm Bay, FL. Before becoming ill with multiple system atrophy (MSA), Jack enjoyed woodworking, assisting the Boy Scouts, world travel, classical music, homeschooling his four boys, and reading history and theology. In his final months, Jack spent many hours listening to sermons and lectures and reading the works of the Puritans. He also enjoyed teaching Scripture in his men’s group and small group at Covenant. He will be remembered for his dry humor, his sense of honor, and his tireless devotion to his wife.

He is survived by his father, John Thomas Ottinger, Sr.; his wife Julie Jean (Vergalla) Ottinger; his four sons, John Ottinger III and his wife Valerie, Stephen and his wife Jacque, Christopher and his wife Heather, and Matthew; and his four grandchildren, Gawain, Violet, Eliana, and Levi. He is predeceased by his mother Nancy, sister Sandra, brother David, and grandson Tesher.

The Celebration of Life service will be held May, 4, 2019 at 10am at Covenant Church, 720 Emerson Dr., Palm Bay, FL, 32907. Memorial donations may be made to the MSA Coalition ( or the National Organization for Rare Disorders (


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John "Jack" Thomas Ottinger Jr.

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Tom Tannery

April 11, 2019

Julie and Family
I just learned of Jack’s passing today and he will be certainly missed. I have so many memories of Jack from the Ivy Creek days to wandering all over France and Switzerland . He was a true friend along with a coach and mentor to me over many years. These last few years with him living in Florida and myself in Atlanta, our paths did not cross often. Regretfully, life has a way of taking us down different paths but the bond of fellowship will remain within my heart forever.
ANN and I will certaily uphold you in our thoughts and prayers over the coming days.
Tom Tannery