Paul Otte, 81, of Wayne, died Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Providence Medical Center in Wayne.
Services will be held Saturday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Wayne. Pastor Michael Buchhorn will officiate. There is no visitation.
Memorials will be given to the Greenwood Cemetery Association and other family choices.
Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home in Wayne.
Paul Adolf Otte was born May 13, 1937 in Leigh to Karl F. and Minna R. (Otte) Otte. His family moved to Wayne when Paul was one year old. He graduated from Wayne High School in 1955 and served in the United States Air Force from June 1955 until February 1959. He began working with his father and brothers, Kurt and Karl, at Otte Construction Company. Paul married Virginia “Ginny” Haberer April 7, 1962 in Yankton, S.D. Paul retired from the company in 1997, then worked at Pac 'N' Save for six years. He spent the rest of his retirement driving a grain truck at harvest time for Don Larsen, delivering Pioneer Seed for Bob Liska, delivering cars for Arnie’s Ford and delivering Meals on Wheels. Paul was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church, the Vets Club, and Greenwood Cemetery Association. He was named Citizen of the Year in 1987 and elected into the WSC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993. Paul gifted his body to the Anatomical Board.
Survivors include his wife, Ginny; their daughter, Tracy (Doug) Pierson of Wayne; two granddaughters, Meg Pierson of New York, N.Y. and Jillian Pierson of Wayne; brothers, Heinz (Barbara) Otte of Mendota Heights, Minn. and Allen (Annette) Otte of Minneapolis, Minn.; brother-in-law, John Moje of Arvada, Colo.; sister-in-law, Bonnie Otte of Wayne; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Dennis, in 1980; brothers, Karl (Ardath) Otte and Kurt Otte; sisters, Irmgard (Albert) Morlok and Elaine Moje.