James “Otto” Breit, age 94, of Laurie, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at the Laurie Care Center. He was born January 14, 1919, in Savannah, Missouri, the son of the late James William and Gertrude Edna Fisher Breit. On March 20, 1948, in Independence, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Cora Evelyn Hines, who preceded him in death on April 4, 2005. Otto was a United States Army veteran having served in WWII. He served from 1940 to 1945 when he was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant.
He worked as a mechanic for White Motor Company in Kansas City, Missouri until his retirement. Otto retired to the Lake of the Ozarks where he loved spending his time. He was a hard worker and enjoyed working on old clocks.
He was a member of the West Lake Christian Church in Laurie, an active member of the Westside Senior Center, was one of the founding members of the 135-3 Crime Watch and served as the Past Commander of the VFW Post 1000 in Independence where he was a life member.
Otto is survived by a daughter, Sharon Schenherr and husband Robert of Gravois Mills; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son, James Edwin Breit and three sisters, Viola Rutt, Stella Rutt and Lucille Turpin.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 23, at the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel with Reverend Gary Hagan officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, at the funeral home. Graveside services and interment with full military honors will be held at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, in the Brooking Cemetery in Raytown, Missouri. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Westside Senior Center or to the VFW Post 1000 in Independence. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber.