Dennis Otte, 74, of Wayne, died Friday, May 15, 2020 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.
A Christian graveside service will be held at Omaha National Cemetery in Omaha. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of visitation, there will be a memorial drive by at the Wayne County Veteran's Memorial at the Wayne County Courthouse, 510 North Pearl Street in Wayne, on Sunday, May 31 from 2 to 4 p.m. Family will be present. Those taking part are asked to drive south on Pearl Street, past the memorial, to First Street and turn east to Main Street.
Memorials may be directed to Dennis’ family for later designation or made to Wayne County Veterans Memorial, c/o Tom Hansen, 305 Main Street, Wayne, Neb. 68787.
Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne.
Dennis E. Otte was born Dec. 30, 1945 at Wayne to Raymond and Marjorie (French) Otte. He attended country school at District #64 and graduated from Wayne High School in 1963. He served as a Combat Veteran in the United States Army in Vietnam from 1966-1967. Dennis married Kerry Voss on April 17, 1971 at Wayne. They lived in Wayne and later moved north of Wayne to enjoy the country life. Together they traveled across the U.S. and to Hawaii, seeing fellow comrades who were in the military together. They also attended military reunions where he found comfort meeting warm, wonderful compatriots.
Dennis worked for Lester Pole Buildings, Bob Merchant Oil Company, Otte Construction, Casey Music Company, and Ludwig Thos, & Elgin Toelle. He was a self-employed Butler Building and grain bin dealer, heavy equipment operator and owned a reel & bed knife sharpening business. They owned and operated KD Inn from 1980-1993. Dennis was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, life-long VFW member where he served as past commander and American Legion. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was chairperson of the Wayne County Veterans Memorial from 2009-2019. One of his greatest accomplishments was building this tribute to our fellow Wayne County Veterans.
Dennis was recognized by the state of Nebraska with Legislative Resolution 150 on May 30, 2019 for making thousands of handmade poppies for National Poppy Day.
Survivors include his wife, Kerry; sons, Scott Otte and Brett Otte, both of Lincoln; sister, Carol Griesch of Wayne; brothers, Gerald (Marilyn) Otte of Wayne and Merlin (Marietta) Otte of West Point.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Kenneth; brother-in-law, Mark Griesch; and great-nephew.