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Otto R. Ristow, 85

Otto Reinhold Edward Ristow, age 85, of rural Mayer, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at the Golden Care Living Center in St. Louis Park.

He was born March 3, 1923, in Bergen Township, McLeod County, the son of Max and Augusta (Buechner) Ristow. Otto was baptized April 8, 1923, at the United Church Of Christ in Lester Prairie by the Rev. H. B. Witzke, and confirmed in the faith March 21, 1937.

He attended school at District No. 5 country school.

Otto worked as a farm hand for Carly Litzau and others prior to purchasing his own 80 acres near Mayer in 1950. He enjoyed his farm work and planting trees on the farm.

A life-long member of the Prairie Community Church in Lester Prairie, Otto served as an usher for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Paul, Ernst, Henry, and Edwin; and sisters Ruth Ristow, Lily Hoof, Esther Schmidt, and Elsie Zabel.

Otto is survived by his brother, August Ristow (Luella) of Norwood Young America; sister Sophie Hasse (Wilford) of Mayer; nieces and nephews Dorothy Wuethrich, Sylvia Turbett (Lynn), Hilbert Hoof (Joyce), Orlin Hoof, Mavis Schuette, Charlotte Tudor (Reggie), Ardena Harle, Steve Schmidt (Doris), Lisa Stender (Allen), Peggy Sullivan, Verona Kosek (Clem), Donna Swanson (Ray), Nancy Menzel (Don), Susan Holloman, Beverly Baumete (Don), Emily Krohn (Roger), Stanley Ristow, Sally Kargel (Kevin), Kathleen Stuedemann (Earl), Kathryn Stender (Willard), and Cherryl Lynn Krienke (Daryl); special friend Paul Stifter of Mayer; as well as other relatives and many friends.

Funeral service was Monday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. at the Prairie Community Church in Lester Prairie with the Rev. William Baldwin officiating. The organist was Sonja Johnson. Soloist Marvin Westermann sang “How Great Thou Art.” The congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace,” “Old Rugged Cross,” and “It Is Well With My Soul.” Interment was in the Lester Prairie City Cemetery.

Serving as casket bearers were Earl Stuedemann, Willard Stender, Roger Krohn, Stanley Ristow, Paul Stifter, and Tom Stifter.

Visitation was Sunday evening, Jan. 11 at the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie. For online guestbook visit www.mcbridefuneralchapels.com