February 28, 2020

Christian A. Wottrich O'Grady

Died Jan. 17, 2018


Christian Alexander Wottrich O'Grady, 51, of West Branch passed away suddenly at his home Jan. 17, 2018.

For Chris, family and friends came above all else. He especially loved his nieces and nephews, and would give the shirt off his back for anyone who needed it. He was a truck driver by trade but a farmer by heart, and loved to be outside. Chris was born in Germany, but was proud to be in America, with strong opinions about politics, movies and just about everything else. He loved sitting by a bonfire and talking about anything late into the night.

He is survived by his parents, Mark and Rita O'Grady of West Branch; and his siblings, Katja (Michael) Tandarich of Chesterfield Township, Kevin (Laura) O'Grady of West Branch, Ryan (Kendi) O'Grady of West Branch and Jessica (Daniel) Abston of Dundee. He is also survived by nine nieces and nephews, Amanda, Alisha, Jace, Colin, Mikey, Makenzi, Sean, Olivia and James. Chris had many friends but was especially close to the family of Ron Gassman.

He was preceded in death by his baby brother, Patrick.

According to Chris’ wishes, his body will be cremated. The family is hosting a casual gathering to celebrate his life Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in West Branch from 1-5 p.m. If so desired, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to the family for memorial expenses.

Arrangements were handled by Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch, www.steuernolmclaren.com.


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