On 9/19/2022, Jeffrey “Jeff” M Hottle, loving husband and father of three, died after a long battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) at the age of 52.
Although diagnosed with ALS in April 2017, Jeff had subtle symptoms of the neurological disease for years prior and upon diagnosis vowed to give the disease the fight of its life, vowing to make it regret the day it picked him!
Jeff was born and raised in Baltimore, MD on January 28, 1970.
He married Kelley Jean Cook on August 12, 1994, and they raised three daughters: Meredith Kelley, Katelyn Elizabeth, and Lauren Emily.
Jeff earned an Associate in Arts degree from Essex Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management from Towson University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Frostburg State University. He held various leadership positions in Human Resource and Operations management within the retail distribution and e-commerce industries for three different Fortune 500 companies over the span of a twenty-five-year career.
Jeff and Kelley moved to Chambersburg, PA in August 2005. Upon retirement due to ALS, Jeff authored and self-published two books. Jeff was known for his optimism, resilience, and desire to persevere and inspire others.
Jeff had a lifelong passion for health and nutrition. He could often be found running on the trails in Caledonia State Park, a location he referred to as his Thinking Spot and which he chronicled in his first book. Similarly, he was a dedicated home chef, with a few trademark recipes including his Supreme Cheesecake and Full Throttle BBQ Sauce.
Jeff also had an affinity for the dragonflies, hummingbirds, and Monarch butterflies that would frequent the Tithonia and other flowering annual plants that Kelley would grow in their yard.
Jeff was preceded in death by his father, Samuel.
He is survived by his wife and daughters, as well as his grandchildren, Emilia and Alex (Punkin’ Chunkin’ and Bubble Buddy), his mother, Barbara, his in-laws, Charles and Tasa Shaheen and Douglas Cook, brother, Sam, and brother-in-law, Scott.
A Celebration of Life will take place on Thursday, September 22 from 5 pm to 8 pm at Gearhouse Brewing Co. on 253 Grant St, Chambersburg, PA 17201. Guests are encouraged to wear purple in his memory.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Agett-Lakjer Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to ProMedica Hospice Services at 1976 Scotland Ave, Chambersburg, PA, 17201.