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“Dear Steve & Jim and family - I want you to know that you are in my thoughts & prayers. May God be with you all at this time of loss for your family...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Shelly (Koenig) Swanson

“Our prayers and thoughts are with you. We have none Elmer since 1982 when we started in our first store. He was a great person - loved working with...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Jane and Pete Yarmon - Sartell, MN

“I remember Elmer when he served part-time, with the Police Department. He was always friendly, courteous, and professional in all respects. I...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: James Ellering - Glendale, AZ

“Jenny, so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Having lost my own I know how difficult this time will be. Our thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Rita (Ludwig) Trivelpiece - GA

“To Roy and Sue, and family.So very sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May the strength of your memories help you get...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Diane Anderson - Buffalo, MN

“Dear Roy and Sue and Family,We are so sorry to hear about your brother. We'll keep you all in our prayers. ”
6 of 15 | Posted by: Wayne and Michele Resemius - MN

“Marlene & family, we are going to miss our many visits with you and Elmer. It was always a nice break when you came to spend a night or two. We will...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Dorothy Butkowski - Minnetonka, MN

“Moe and family. Sending you all our Sympathy and our Prayers. He was a great guy and we will miss that warm smile that was just automatic for Elmer...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Lawrence and Virginia Hochstatter - AZ

“Marlene, Jenny, Sandy, Jim, and Steve. These are the times when not being back in MN are difficult. I am saddened at the loss of your dear Husband...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Michael Butkowski - Lake George, MN

“Moe and family...our thoughts and prayers are with you. Elmer was a great guy and I will miss seeing him working and whistling in the yard. ”
10 of 15 | Posted by: Donald John - Sauk Centre, MN

“Marlene and family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this sad time. Jo Hoffman ”
11 of 15 | Posted by: Jo Hoffman - Prior Lake, MN

“We were shocked and saddened to hear of Elmer's death. We remember accidently meeting you on top of Zugspitze Peak in Austria many years ago.Our...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Lil and Jack Larson - MN

“We offer our sympathy to you and your family.We always enjoyed seeing Elmer at our reunions and will miss his hard work at these reunions and our...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Ellie and Dave Peterson - IL

“Marlene & Family upon hearing of the loss of your Husband & Father I offer you my sincere condolences. ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: Virgil Linn - Mesa, AZ

“Moe, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sorry we can't be there to give you a hug, we are in Colorado. I left my cell number if you want to...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Donna/Ron Axel - Leadville, CO


Elmer J. Otte, age 69 of Sauk Centre, died of complications following heart surgery Friday, January 30, 2009 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota surrounded by his family and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 noon Wednesday, February 4 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre. Parish prayers will be at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Elmer Otte was born August 17, 1939 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota to Norbert and Verena (Minette) Otte. On September 20, 1960 he married Marlene Poepping at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill, Minnesota. He was a life long resident of Sauk Centre and served in the National Guard. He had been employed by Gopher State Hatchery and Sauk Centre Excavating, and for many years part-time for the Sauk Centre Police Department. He worked at Wonder Bread for 35 years, retiring in 2000. After retirement, he was employed part-time by Brown & Williamson Tobacco Company and then U.S. Smokeless.Elmer enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially with his sons and grandsons, and was a very competitive card player. His favorite pastime was spending time with his family.He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, where he served as an usher, Catholic Order of Foresters, and McDonald's card club. He was a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow.

Survivors include his wife, Marlene "Moe" Otte of Sauk Centre; four children, Jenny (Nick Lies) Otte of St. Cloud, Sandra (Scott) Gray of Huntsville, Alabama, Jim (Deanna) Otte of St. Cloud, and Steve (Jodi) Otte of Lindstrom; nine grandchildren, Christina, Joshua, and Justin Gray, Brandon, Samantha, and Mitchell Haug, Zachary and Nash Otte, and Cole Otte; one great granddaughter, Alana Gray; brothers and sisters, Dorothy (Marvin) Butkowski of Minnetonka, Everett "Butch" Otte of Summerville, South Carolina, Joan Voller of Sauk Centre, Janet (Patrick) Brady of Stillwater, Karen (Roger) Blondell of St. Cloud, Irwin (Valerie) Otte of Daytona Beach, Florida, Will (Gloria) Otte of Sauk Centre, David (Marcia) Otte of Detroit Lakes, and Roy (Sue) Otte of Albertville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and nephew, Jeffrey Butkowski.

Serving as casket bearers will be Butch, Irwin, David, Will, and Roy Otte, and Greg Thieschafer. Cross bearer will be Joshua Gray. Pall bearers will be Dorothy Butkowski, Joan Voller, Janet Brady, and Karen Blondell. Honorary bearers will be Leander and Fronie Moritz, Dave and Marian Walter, Clifford and Janet Jennissen, Ray and Norma Karasch, Joe and Lori Steinemann, and the Catholic Order of Foresters.