Glen Marvin Otto was born in Wahoo, Nebraska on April 16, 1930. He attended country school first through eighth grade. He then attended Ceresco High School, graduating in 1947. He drove a 1930 Ford Model A to high school, and frequently gave rides to his siblings and other country kids. Later in life, he purchased a 1930 Model A to restore and enjoyed giving rides to his family down country roads and in small town parades.
Following high school, he served for two years in the US Marine Corp. After returning to Nebraska, Glen married Lucile Carlson at Swedeburg Covenant Church on December 28, 1954. They lived in four different homes during their first year of marriage and settled into the homestead farm where Lu grew up in February 1956 where they raised their four children.
Glen farmed for over seventy years and earned the respect of fellow farmers along the way. He loved the farming life and worked long hours. He was one of the first to do custom fertilizing in the early years of their marriage. He raised hogs and cattle; and grew corn, soybeans, milo, wheat and alfalfa. He finally retired at the age of 87, following a stroke in July 2017.
As an active member of his community, Glen served on many boards including the Ceresco Farmers Co-op, Saunders County Oil Co-op, Ceresco School Board, Federal Land Bank and Fridhem Cemetery. He was a faithful member of the Ceresco Covenant Church where he served as Treasurer, Properties Chair and was involved in many other areas. He was a good listener and always gave his honest opinion.
Glen and Lu relished experiencing new places together and traveled throughout the US and to several countries. For a trip in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary, they visited Lu’s ancestral homeland in Sweden and brought along their four children, children’s spouses, and all nine grandchildren. He later enjoyed visits with his eleven great-grandchildren.
Glen’s strong work ethic never faded. He had several strokes during his last three years of life, and he moved forward after each stroke undaunted, with a good attitude and happy spirit. Glen passed peacefully away at his home surrounded by his family. His kind and gentle spirit prevailed throughout his life. Always, his love for his family was his greatest joy.
He is survived by his wife, Lucile (Carlson) Otto, four children and spouses; Kristi (Mike) Eden, Mitch (Valerie) Otto, Kim (Jim) Beach and Beth (Steve) Brey; nine grandchildren: John (Whitney) Eden, Lindsey (TJ) Ehlers, Jason (Jessica) Eden, Michaela (Kyle) Watson, McKenzie (Matthew) Payne, Ellen (Mike) White, Scott Beach, Sarah Brey and Hannah (Billy) Brey-Boswell; eleven great grandchildren; Riley and Charley Eden, Chase, Halle and Paisley Ehlers, Andrew, Lauren, and Caleb Eden, Lumen Watson, Owen and Molly White; one brother, Ray (Jane) Otto; two sisters, Darleen Richard and Sharon (Dan) Duffy. He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Kathleen Kuhn, Mary Palmer, five brothers-in-law, Bud Kuhn, George Richard, Art Palmer, Wally Carlson and Jim Tiernan, one sister-in-law, Marilyn Tiernan.
Harvest is over. Crops are in. His work is done.
God called Glen home.
Due to Covid-19, there will be a private family funeral service on Wednesday (11/18/20) at 10:30am. There will be a visitation at the Ceresco Covenant Church, Tuesday (11/17/20) from 4:00 – 6:30pm with family greeting outside the church. Funeral will be on Ceresco Covenant Facebook Live, you will need to join their Facebook group and it can take at least 24 hours to join.
Memorials may be given to the Ceresco Covenant Church, Fridhem Cemetery Assn. or the Ceresco Volunteer Fire Department.
Click the links below to view recordings of the funeral service