Arthur Edward Otto, age 74, of Hutchinson, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at his home. He was born Oct. 31, 1938, on the family farm near Stewart, the son of Alvin and Agnes (Streich) Otto. Arthur grew up in the Stewart area, where he attended district schooling for his education.
He was baptized and later confirmed in the Christian faith, and was presently a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.
Arthur was united in marriage to Maxine Miller Sept. 2, 1960, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. The couple made their home on the Otto family farm near Stewart. They were blessed with a son, Darrold. Maxine passed away in January of 1987.
Arthur was united in marriage to Carol Jacobsen Nov. 26, 1988, at Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. They made their home on the family farm until June of 2012, when they moved to Hutchinson.
Arthur was an active farmer, and farmed with his brother, Alvin. He could be found milking cattle, tilling his fields, or hauling cattle and hogs in his cattle truck.
He was an avid collector of John Deere tractors, and a member of the Two Cylinder Club, driving his John Deere tractors in many local parades.
Arthur had many cats and kittens around the farm, and even had a cat that rode around with him in his pickup wherever he went.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Otto of Hutchinson; son Darrold Otto of Stewart; siblings Alvin (Catherine) Otto of Stewart, and Miriam (Lyle) Schmidt of Hutchinson; stepchildren Greg Jensen of Corvuso, David Jensen of Hutchinson, and Debra (Dale) Crosby of Maplewood; nine grandchildren, Amber Jensen (fiancé, Trevor Burkholder), Joe (Melanie) Kottke, Alex Crosby, Paul (Alicia) Jensen, Don (Liz) Crosby, Kelly Jensen, Amber (Ken) Stojevich, Sean Crosby, and Eric Crosby; four great-grandchildren, Dakota Kottke, Jordan Kottke, Mckaela Jensen, and Thea Burkholder; and two sisters-in-law, Barbara Anderson of Kasson, and Margie Knapp of Redwood Falls.
In addition to his first wife, Maxine, Arthur was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Agnes Otto; daughter in law Kay Jensen; and his paternal and maternal grandparents.
The funeral service took place Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, followed by interment at Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Hutchinson.
Visitation was Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m.; and continued Wednesday, one hour prior to the service at the church.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.