MSGT Ralph “Jim” Otting, USAF retired, 84, of Mountainair, passed away at his home Aug. 7. Jim graduated from Fitzgerald High School in Davison, Mich., and served our country through the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. At the age of 17 his army enlistment took him to the Korean conflict where he was shot eight times and received the Purple Heart. After a lateral conversion to the U.S. Air Force he served in Vietnam and retired with nearly 21 years of service in 1972. The greatest honors Jim has passed on to his extra-large family were his great sense of humor and the love and honor of our great country. His family, his country and his pets where his greatest loves. Jim was very close to his friends and family and leaves behind many broken hearts. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mabel Otting; his lovely daughter, Cindy Otting and son-in-law, Britton Marshall. He is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, Josephine Otting; daughter, Debbie Marshall; son, Randy Otting, U.S. Navy, retired and wife Tamra Otting and grandchildren, Scott Albritton, U.S. Air Force retired, and wife Suntok, Heather Konoval and husband Adrian, Ryan Otting, Katie Otting, and Lindsay Marshall, great grandchildren, Josh, Christian, Gabriella, Lilliana, Brayden and Kylee, and many cousins nieces, and nephews who adored Jim as the life of the party. Funeral services were held Aug. 15. A Rosary was recited, followed by a Celebration of Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Manzano, with Father Peccatiello officiating. The burial was at Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe. Arrangements were entrusted to Harris-Hanlon Mortuary.