Lester Edward Otto


Lester Edward Otto, age 91 of Belle Plaine, died Sunday, February 16, 2020 at the
Belle Plaine Lutheran Home. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday,
February 29 at St. John Lutheran Church in Belle Plaine. Visitation will be from
4-7 p.m. on Friday, February 28 at the Kolden Funeral Home in Belle Plaine, and
also one hour prior to service time at church. Interment will be in Sacred Heart
Cemetery, Belle Plaine.
Lester was born on October 19, 1928 to Edward and Frieda (Weckworth) Otto on
the family farm in Belle Plaine Township. He married Rosella Poppler Aretz on
June 4, 1957 at the Catholic Church in Victoria. Lester farmed his whole life, and
even after retiring he enjoyed driving around the countryside checking on the
crops. He loved polka music especially Mollie B and was even blessed with
attending one of her concerts. Lester also enjoyed fishing, and having coffee with
friends at Emma Krumbees.
He is survived by his son, Herb (Jeanette) Aretz of Belle Plaine; daughter, Cheryl
(Bill) McDougald of Belle Plaine; grandchildren, Dennis (Genise) Aretz of Belle
Plaine, Dena (Phil) Burian of Cedar Rapids, IA, and William McDougald of Belle
Plaine; great-grandchildren, Stacey (Josh), Micayla, Morgan, Madeline, Kaden,
and Dassel; great, great-grandchildren, Olivia, Andre, April, and Adrian; siblings,
Della Borchardt, Irene Oldenburg, Ruth Modrow, and Ed (Mary) Otto; and many
nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Rosella Otto; son, Lester “Butch”
Otto; grandson, Daryl Aretz; granddaughter, Jennifer McDougald; and brothers-in-
law, Bill Borchardt, Wesley Oldenburg, and Elmer Modrow.


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