Harold "Sonny" Augustus Otey, 85, of Weirton, passed away peacefully on January 7, 2015. He was born October 23, 1929 in McKees Rocks, PA, a son of the late Robert Augustus and Ann (Dworzecki) Otey. He was also preceded in death by his sister Jeanne (Otey) Robinson. A Roman Catholic by faith, he was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Church in Weirton. Sonny graduated from Weir High School in 1947, enlisted in the US Air Force in 1948 and served in the Korean War as a radioman on the B-29 Superfortress bomber. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion in Weirton. After over 36 years of service, he retired as an operator in the Weirlite Mill at Weirton Steel. He was an avid bowler at the old Chestnut Bowling Lanes in Weirton and then an avid golfer at Woodview Golf Course in New Cumberland, WV He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Helen (Smogonovich) Otey, his sons Harold and Brian Otey; brother Charles "Butch" Otey; Godson and nephew Daniel Robinson and a number of nieces and nephews across the country. Visitation will be held 5-9pm Friday at Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10am Saturday at St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church with the Reverend Father Manuel Gelido officiating. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery, Steubenville, OH with military services being conducted by the American Legion Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, 229 California Avenue, Weirton, WV 26062 or Valley Hospice, 10686 State Route 150, Rayland, OH 43943.

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  1. Say not in grief: “He is no more”,

    but live in thankfulness that he was.

    Butch and family,

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. I am proud to have known your father. He was a wonderful man who always made me fell like I was part of the family. My heart aches for you but I know that your father is now at peace.

    Timmy, Susan, and Vanessa Robinson

  2. My deepest condolences to Butch, Brian, and their loving mother…Sonny’s devoted wife for so many years.

    My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you.

    Rest in peace Mr. Otey.

    Annette Wagner

  3. Helen, Butch, Brian and Chuck,

    We are so sorry to learn of Harold’s passing. He was a wonderful neighbor for the many years that we lived in the same neighborhood and he will be missed by all who knew him.

    Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen

    May the Lord grant us the courage and strength to move on without our loved ones, until comes the day when we will all be together again.

  4. Mrs. Otey, Brian, and Butch,

    My deepest condolences on the loss of your

    husband/father. May he rest in peace.

  5. Our deepest condolences to Helen and Family. Otey was so much fun to be around, with a great sense of humor. So sorry we can’t be there,

    Rest in Peace, Otey. Linda and Jim Morrissey

  6. Our Sincere Condolences Butch To you and The Family, If your father was anything like you I am sure he was a truly a wonderful individual and a loving husband and father. My Family’s Thoughts and Prayers are with you and the rest of your family.

    Vinni, KIm and Gian Nair

  7. Dear Helen & Family,

    Sorry to hear the loss of Harry,We lost a great Guy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. God Bless.

    Joe E Buelich

  8. To Butch and Family,

    We are very sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, and may God give you peace knowing that he is in a better place.

    Elaina Grant and Maritza Solorzano

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