Sioux Falls: The funeral service for Eugene Adolph Otto, 86, of Sioux Falls and formerly of Aberdeen, will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 214 Seventh Ave. S.W., in Aberdeen, with the Rev. Hyle Anderson presiding.
Burial will be at Riverside Memorial Park in Aberdeen, with military graveside rites conducted by the Sidney L. Smith American Legion Post No. 24 of Aberdeen.
Schriver's Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 414 Fifth Ave. N.W., in Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at the mortuary and one hour before the service at the church.
Eugene passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.
Eugene Otto was born March 3, 1926, to Adolph Gustaf Otto and Ida Olga Schulz Otto in Radium, Minn. He was raised on a farm near Radium along with six brothers and sisters. He enjoyed riding his pinto pony and cattle herding.
After graduating from the eighth grade at Radium Grade School in 1940, he worked for farmer Milford Knutson near Oslo, Minn. In 1942, Eugene moved to Bremerton, Wash., where he worked at the Navy Yard. He went to high school in Warren, Minn., and then transferred to Richmond, Calif., so he could play football. He played on the All-Conference Football Team.
He attended Moorhead State College in Moorhead, Minn., from 1946-50, graduating with a teaching degree. There, he also met his college sweetheart, Vivian Grace Kruger. They were later married in Wheaton, Minn., on June 10, 1951.
He taught school in Riverton, Minn. Eugene was called into duty during the Korean War from 1951-52 and was stationed at Fort Rucker, Ala. He later served as a captain in the Army National Guard from 1955-64 in the Rapid City area. From 1952-68, Eugene taught math, science, technology, and industrial arts at Rapid City High School and West Jr. High School in Rapid City. He was honored as Industrial Arts Teacher of the Year in 1968. He then moved the family to Aberdeen and became a professor at Northern State University. He taught printing, design, advanced photography, and driver's education for the teacher program from 1968-79. After retiring from teaching 30 years, he became co-owner of Pronto Printing in Aberdeen. From 1982-89, he owned and operated ACE Appliance and Repair in Aberdeen. He also taught 55 Alive for the AARP in Aberdeen.
Eugene was district governor for the South Dakota Lions Club, District 5SE, from 1989-90. He and Vivian were active members of Lions Club for over 30 years. He was also an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Aberdeen for over 40 years. Vivian and he resided at Touchmark at All Saints in Sioux Falls since 2009.
Eugene is survived by one daughter, Jan (Don) Bridge of Chino Hills, Calif.; one son, David (Rayla) Otto of Renner; five grandchildren: Lisa (Michael) Silveira of Lobelville, Tenn., Steven Bridge of Dunlap, Ill., Melanie Bridge of Chino Hills, Calif., and Ryan Otto and Nicholas Otto of Renner; two great-grandchildren: Elijah and Isabel Silveira of Lobelville, Tenn.; and one brother, Junius (Mike) Otto of Warren, Minn.
Eugene was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Vivian Otto; and son, Marty Otto.