The Woodward News


July 11, 2012

Kernie Rottmayer

Woodward, Okla. — Memorial services for Kernie Rottmayer, 86 year old former Woodward resident, will be Friday, July 13, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel. The Reverend Shane Rackley will officiate. Interment will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery of Woodward. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

Kernie Leroy Rottmayer was born to Max and Ethel Mae (Burkart) Rottmayer on July 17, 1925, in Beaver County near Knowles, Oklahoma. He passed away June 16, 2012, at the Share Medical Center in Alva, Oklahoma.

Kernie was raised on the Rottmayer family farm twenty miles northwest of Laverne, Oklahoma. He attended the Minneola Rural School until the eighth grade, graduating from Laverne High School with the class of 1944.

Kernie met Lydia Ruth Routh when she came to teach school at the Minneola Rural School in 1944. They were married on April 28, 1945, in Woodward, and celebrated 61 years of marriage. They first made their home on the Rottmayer family farm twenty miles northwest of Laverne. In 1945, they moved to Woodward making it their home and raising four children. Kernie first worked at the Northern Natural Gas Plant near Elmwood, Oklahoma. He then went to work for the United States Department of Agriculture Experimental Research Station in Woodward, retiring after 39 years of service.

Kernie was very active in the Boy Scouts of America Association, receiving the Silver Beaver Award for outstanding service and contribution to the Great Salt Plains Boy Scout Council. Kernie was cub master, scout master, troop leader, and served on the Great Salt Plains Council.

Survivors include a daughter, Donna Rae White and husband Mickey of Alva, Oklahoma, two sons, Vernon Leroy Rottmayer of Lakeside, Arizona, Larry Max Rottmayer and wife Faith of Yukon, Oklahoma, a brother Doyle Rottmayer of Los Alamos, New Mexico, a brother-in-law Willis Routh and wife Margaret of Ponca City, Oklahoma, six granddaughters: Elizabeth White of Fairview, Oklahoma, Savannah White of Astoria, New York, Sarah Washburn and husband Cory of Alva, Kristin Clark and husband Shane of Show Low, Arizona, Pamela Ruesga of Chandler, Arizona, Regina Rottmayer of Kingman, Arizona, and seven great grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter, and several nieces and nephews.

Kernie was preceded in death by his spouse Lydia Ruth, son Gary Wayne Rottmayer, parents Max and Ethel Rottmayer, and brother Mike Dee Rottmayer. Memorial contributions may be made to the Northwestern Foundation, Inc., 709 Oklahoma Blvd., Alva, Oklahoma 73717, or to the charity of your choice in Kernie’s memory.

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