Marvin G. Otto July 23, 1916 - April 28, 2009 | West Central Tribune
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Marvin G. Otto July 23, 1916 - April 28, 2009

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WILLMAR -- Marvin G. Otto, 92, of Atwater died Tuesday at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

The service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Atwater. Burial will be in Union Cemetery in Atwater. Military Honors will be provided by the American Legion Post of Atwater.

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Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Atwater Funeral Home and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church.

He was born July 23, 1916, in Minneapolis to George and Josie (Amundsen) Otto. He attended grade and high school in New London, graduating in 1934. He attended Hamline University and the University of Minnesota. He was first employed by Strong Motor of Atwater in 1937.

He married Hazel Grothem on Feb. 22, 1941. He entered the U.S. Army in 1943. He served with the coast artillery in New Guinea for two years. After his discharge in 1946, he returned to Strong Motor. In 1957, he and Gene Walsh purchased Strong Motor and changed the company name to Atwater Ford. He sold his share of the business in 1978 but continued working there until shortly before his death.

Hazel died in 1963. He married Gladys Sjoquist in November 1966. She died in 1999.

He had been a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church since 1947, serving a number of terms as treasurer and also financial secretary and teaching 6th grade Sunday school. He held offices of adjutant and also finance officer of the American Legion Post for many years.

He also served as president, secretary and treasurer of the Atwater Community Club and as a member of the Atwater Medical Association Board. He was a member of the Boy Scout troop committee for Troop 221 of Atwater and volunteered by delivering meals for the Atwater Nutrition Program for more than 15 years.

He is survived by a half-sister: Joyce (and Charles) Holm of St. Paul.

He was preceded in death by his wives, two sisters and one brother.

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