Gilbert B. “Gil” Otto, age 83, of St. Cloud, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2019, at St. Benedict’s Senior Community, after a battle with cancer.
He was born to Louis and Othilia Otto in Watertown. The family farmed both the Otto and Krueger family farms during Gil’s childhood.
He attended Holy Trinity High School in Winsted, and graduated from St. Cloud State University in 1961, with a degree in education. He later also completed a master’s degree at St. Cloud State.
Gil served in the army reserve for six years.
He started his teaching career in Foreman, ND in 1961. Starting in 1965, Gilbert taught business and computer classes at St. Cloud Technical High School, until he retired in 1996.
He also ran a successful tax business and was a tax preparer for 50 years in the St. Cloud area.
Gilbert married Marlys Quast June 13, 1959, at Holy Trinity Church in Winsted. They made their home in St. Cloud for 54 years, raising their three children.
Gilbert loved to garden and spend time with his family. He was an avid tennis player, golfer, and fisherman; and active in the parish at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church.
Gilbert is survived by his wife, Marlys; three children, Matthew (Carrie) Otto of Rice, Gloria (Scott) Warzecha of Clearwater, and Jana (Michael) Hiller of Minneapolis; five siblings, Andrew (Marilyn) Otto, Eugene (Mary Ellen) Otto, Mary Lou Roufs, Carolyn (Tom) Vieau, and Ann DeLuca; and five grandchildren: Alex (Elizabeth) Warzecha, Alicia (Kevin) Vissuet, Andy, Jordan, and Natalie.
Gil was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Othilia Otto; brothers Raymond Otto, and Thomas Otto; and a sister, Dorothy Carlson.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial took place Wednesday, April 10 at 1 p.m. at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud. The Rev. Scott Pogatchnik officiated. Private entombment was at Assumption Cemetery Columbarium in St. Cloud.
There was visitation Tuesday, April 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud, continuing Wednesday at the church, one hour prior to the Mass.
Memorials may be directed to St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, or Cathedral High School.
The Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud handled the arrangements.