Obituary of Ottis Rechard Ottis William Rechard died on August 2, 2018 in St. Maries, Idaho, at the age of ninety-three. He was born in Laramie Wyoming on November 13, 1924 to Ottis H. and Mary Bird Rechard. He graduated from the University of Wyoming in Laramie at the age of 18. Later that year, just after his 19th birthday, when he was on leave from the army, he married Dorothy Duble Rechard, whom he had met at a summer camp when she accompanied him as the pianist to his violin solo. Music continued to be a very big part of their lives together until Dorothy died in 1999. Ottis continued to play the violin in various community symphony orchestras, chamber groups and church services until the age of 90. During World War II, Ottis was a Lieutenant in the Army Air Force, and through his math skills related to weather and tides, he was instrumental in planning the timing for, and being present at, the Normandy Invasion. After the War, he earned his PHD in Mathematics on a Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He went on to be a significant mathematical researcher and developer of ideas that laid the groundwork for the study, usage and importance of computers in the life of the world. He worked for the Atomic Energy Commission, the National Science Foundation, Washington State University and University of Denver, and developed the Computer Center and one of the first degree programs in Computer Science in his work at WSU. Throughout his life Ottis was a very active member of Presbyterian churches, including the St. Maries Presbyterian, serving as an elder for many decades. He was also an avid and lifelong fly fisherman and lover of the outdoors, and was living at his cabin on the St. Joe river at the time of his death. Ottis is survived by four daughters: Katherine Baxter, Carol Sinnemann, Nancy Moore and Elizabeth Bird, their families including 3 sons-in-law, 8 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, and a younger brother, Paul Rechard and his family. Ottis continued to take a central role in the lives of his family and friends, and was scheduled to host yet another extended family get-together at his cabin this month. His presence will be deeply missed. His remains will be placed beside Dorothy’s at a special spot on their beloved Black Prince Creek property. A Memorial Service will be Thursday August 9, 2018 at 11:00 am at the Community Presbyterian Church. A gathering of family and friends will follow at the church.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Ottis William Rechard 1924 2018.
Death notice for the town of: St Maries, state: Idaho