A funeral service was held on Friday, April 11 at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church of Langdon for Robert William Otto, 82, of Osnabrock-Langdon.
Posted on 4/10/14
He died April 7, 2014 under Hospice care with family at his side at the home of his daughter in Fargo after valiantly battling a rare Sarcoma cancer diagnosis given to him on February 21, 2014.
Robert was born on October 31, 1931 to William and Kathleen (Wild) Otto. He attended his first eight years of school at the Osnabrock Township School and then graduated from Milton Public School. He then attended State School of Science in Wahpeton. He entered the Army in 1955 and was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Ky. He served as a track mechanic working on tanks. He was discharged in 1957. After his father passed away in August of 1950, he took over the family farm along with his Uncle Clarence Otto. He had a great love of taking care of cattle, raising Limousine, Simmental and most recently Black Angus. He became an American Breeders Service Representative in 1967 and continued that position until six weeks before his illness, breeding cattle for himself and many others across Northeastern North Dakota for over 47 years. His wish was to return to the farm to see his cattle one last time, but his illness overtook him too quickly to fulfill that wish. He was a member of St. Clotilde’s Church, Milton and St. Alphonsus Church, Langdon. He was a member of the American Legion in Milton for several years and served on the Osnabrock Township Board for several terms. He was a volunteer and served as a board member with the Osnabrock Fire and Rescue Department. He was also a member of the ND Simmental Association, serving as a director for 10 years and president for two years. He also served on the board of directors for the Osnabrock Farmers Coop Elevator. He married Edi Ann Chaput on April 23, 1960. To this union, six children were born. He is survived by his wife, Edi Ann, Langdon; Alan (Lori) of Mesa, Ariz.; Lori (Don) Goering of Fargo; Mark (Tamy) Otto of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; Gena (Doug) Marcussen of Ada, Minn.; Kent of Orlando, Fla. and Ryan of Mesa, Ariz.; grandchildren; Andrew Otto, Austin Otto, Ashton Otto, Alex (Alauna) Tuttle, Evan Tuttle, Aiden Marcussen, Izabel Marcussen; step grandchildren, Bryan Berkland, Tod Goering, Troy Goering, Cassie Velasquez, Natalie Marcussen, Matt Marcussen, Chris Marcussen, and one Great Grandchild, Chloe Tuttle; and one Great Grandson on the way, brothers Duane (Bev) Otto, Langdon; James (Lois) Otto, Edinburg; sister Mary Louise Shankar, Langdon; sister-in-law Sally Otto, Osnabrock. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, uncle Clarence Otto, brother Richard Otto and one grandson, Aaron Otto.
Robert’s passion truly was his love of his cattle, his horses, the outdoors and the friendships that he acquired over the years. He never met a stranger. He especially took pride in the success of his children and enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow up. He will be greatly missed by many.
Online guestbook at www.brooksfuneralhome.net.
Brooks Funeral Home of Langdon was in charge of arrangements.