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Otto Jespersen

June 10, 1928 — February 12, 2019

Otto H. Jespersen, 90, of Cary, NC died peacefully at home on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 in the presence of his family. Otto was born in East Orange, NJ on June 10, 1928, the youngest of four children of Peter and Agnes Jespersen. He was raised in Montclair, NJ with his brothers, Helge and Allan and his sister, Paula. Otto played numerous sports in high school including football. After high school, he spent 18 months in the Army with the occupation forces in Japan in the military police. After his honorable discharge, he attended Rutgers University. Otto had a successful 35 year career with IBM in various locations around New Jersey and New York where he started as a Field Engineer at the inception of the computer era. It was through his work that he met the love of his life, Rita, to whom he was married for 62 years. Otto and Rita retired and moved to Cary NC in 1993. Otto was very handy with cars and around the house. He enjoyed taking things apart and putting them back together. Table tennis was also one of his favorite past times. He excelled in this sport and was a member of numerous table tennis clubs. He was an NC Senior Division State Table Tennis Championship winner. (He would correct you if you called it ping pong.) He also enjoyed (to the dismay of his grandsons) NC State football. Otto's brothers Helge and Allan predeceased him. He is survived by his wife Rita; daughter Doreen Burke (Pete) of Cary, NC, sons Hank Jespersen of Troy, MI and John Jespersen (Joy) of Towaco, NJ; grandsons Dan Burke (Kristen) of Apex, NC, John and Graham Jespersen of Towaco, NJ, and Matt Burke of Cary, NC; his great-grandson, Miller Burke; and his sister Paula Diehl of Pennsylvania. Otto will be inurned at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, Apex, NC. It was his wish for his services to be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Transitions LifeCare
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