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Ronald C. Ottjepka

Published: Saturday, April 5, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST
Ronald C. Ottjepka

AMBOY – Ronald C. Ottjepka, 76, of Amboy, died Thursday, April 3, 2014, at KSB Hospital in Dixon.

He was born Jan. 13, 1938, in Chicago, the son of Joseph and Wilma (Stanofsky) Ottjepka. He was a police officer for Elmhurst Police from 1971 to 1972. He then worked for the DuPage County Sheriff’s office from 1972 to 1975. Finally, he was an officer for the Addison Police Department from 1975 until his retirement in 1999. He was a veteran of the Army during the Vietnam era.

Ron was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dixon, Dixon American Legion Post 12, where he served as color guard commander, Loyal Order of the Moose, and Blackhawk Model Railroad Club. He was a retired life member of the Illinois Police Association, and the DuPage County Police Association. He also was a founding member of the Illinois Auxiliary Police, serving as chief and first president from 1981 to 1991.

Survivors include his significant other, Carrie Funderburgh of Amboy; children, David (Sandy) Palgen of Manhattan, Lorene (Steve) Bryan of Bensenville, Anita Krejcik of Indian Head Park, and Randy Palgen of Coloma, Mich.; nine grandchildren; and one sister, Carolyn (Jim) Darcy of Naperville. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a stepson, Jereme Pettorini.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dixon, with the Rev. Frank Langholf, pastor, officiating. Burial, with military honors accorded by the Dixon combined veterans group and the Amboy American Legion, will be at Prairie Repose Cemetery in Amboy.

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