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Memorial for Ewin Allen Ottinger

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee on Oct. 9, 1938
Departed on Oct. 16, 2009 and resided in Norfolk, VA.
Service: Monday, Oct. 19, 2009
1:00 pm
Cemetery: Forest Lawn Cemetery
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Ewin Allen Ottinger

NORFOLK, VIRGINIA ; Ewin Allen Ottinger, died peacefully on Friday, October 16th, 2009 in Norfolk. Born in Knoxville, Tennessee October 9th, 1938, he was the eldest son of the late Ben Hooper and Irene Mynatt Ottinger. He is survived by his wife of forty six years Ann Jones Ottinger of Norfolk; his daughter Eleanor Ottinger Cannon and her husband Philip Cannon of Houston; and his son Richard Hooper Ottinger and his wife Lisa Allen Ottinger of Norfolk; grandchildren Brock and Peter Cannon and Lelia and Davis Ottinger. He is also survived by his brothers Barney Lane Ottinger and his wife Judy, Billy Brown Ottinger and two sisters-in-law Teri Meredith Ottinger and Mary Herbert Jones Daly.

Ewin was a graduate of Norfolk Academy, Class of 1955. In 1960 he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee, where he was a letterman on the Cross Country and Track teams. Additionally, he pursued graduate studies in the field of history at Old Dominion University.

He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps from 1961 until 1967, when he was honorably discharged. He was a Vice-president of General Foam Plastics Corporation from 1964 to 1974, assistant treasurer of C.E. Thurston and Sons from 1975 to 1976 and President and owner of George G. Lee Company from 1978 until recently. He was past President of Southern Wholesalers Association and a member of the American Supply Association.

Ewin was a former member of the Princess Anne Country Club and the Pyramid Club, a past President of the Virginia Club, and a former director of the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation. He was a tennis player and avid runner, who completed fourteen consecutive Marine Corps Marathons and hundreds of other races. He was a member of Virginia Beach Community Chapel, where he served as a Sunday School teacher of children and adults for many years. His deepest commitments were to God and his family.

Though a Tennessean by birth, Ewin became an enthusiastic supporter of the city of Norfolk. Beginning in 1976 when he coordinated the City Council campaigns of Vincent Thomas and Conoly Phillips, he drew great satisfaction from serving his city. He was a Chairman of Norfolk's Industrial Development Authority and a member of the city's Planning Commission. In 1992, he sought the Republican nomination to the Second District seat of the United States Congress. A graveside service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery by Dr. Harold Burchett. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk chapel is handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ewin's name to Norfolk Academy or Virginia Beach Community Chapel. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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