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Christopher William Otto

10-22-1980 to 07-11-2019


Linn County News

Published July 17, 2019


Christopher William Otto, age 38, Mound City, Kan., passed away on Thursday, July 11, 2019, near Rawlins, Wyo., as the result of an auto accident. He was born in Fort Scott, Kan., on Oct. 22, 1980, the son of Kenneth and Linda Harlow Otto.

He graduated from Jayhawk-Linn High School in the Class of 1999. He attended Pittsburg State University and later received an Associate’s Degree from Kaw Valley Technical School in Topeka, Kan.

He married Melody McKnight-Gray on Jan. 10, 2009, in Uniontown, Kan.

Most of his working career was spent in landscape management. He worked the last 16 years as an equipment operator for C.S. Carey. He also enjoyed taking care of the cows on the ranch.

Chris loved his family. He was very involved in activities they participated in. He liked to talk Chiefs, Royals and golf with his dad, and staying in touch with friends. 

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Ruth Harlow; and his paternal grandmother, Faye Otto.

Chris is survived by his wife, Melody; two sons, Brandon and Trenton Gray; two daughters, Addison and London Otto; father Kenneth Otto and wife Diana; mother Linda Thornton and husband Jerry; a sister, Rachel Benbrook and husband Denym; paternal grandfather Carl Otto; maternal grandfather Frank Harlow; three stepbrothers, Jeff Harlow, Keith Harlow and wife Melissa, and Kyle Harlow; and stepsisters Jayne Ann Conklin and husband Jack, and Dianna Butler; three nieces, Peyton Benbrook, Sawyer Faye Benbrook and Harper McKnight; and one nephew, Hayden McKnight.

Funeral service was scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at the Mound City First Baptist Church with burial in the Curry Cemetery. 

Contributions are suggested to the Chris Otto Children's Fund, c/o Schneider Funeral Home, Box J, Mound City, KS 66056. Online condolences can be left at


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