A pall will likely hang over Barton the next few days as word spreads Eugene “Gene” Otten has died.
Otten was an institution in Barton. During his heyday Gene ran Otten’s Store, 1805 Barton Ave. He picked up the business from his father, Anthony who passed away Sept. 10, 1980.
Gene Otten was a God-fearing man and had a long history of helping his neighbors.
“Gene has lived a long and fruitful life, not based on money, or material riches, but on the riches of a smile, for helping others,” said Steven Senior.
(Photo courtesy of Darren Schacht)
Beth Biertzer recalled visiting Otten’s Food Market and how nothing was priced. “You’d go in for one item and end up carrying someone’s groceries to their car for them,” she wrote.
Photo courtesy Lynda Otten.