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David Otte

David Otte

December 14, 1948 - April 4, 2021
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Obituary

David George Otte ,72 years, of Linwood, NE passed away Sunday, April 4, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family after succumbing to cancer.

Dave was born December 14, 1948 in Fremont, NE to Mervin & Esther (Hansen) Otte.

He grew up west of Morse Bluff, NE on the farm and was a 1967 graduate of North Bend High School. Dave graduated from Wayne State College with his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. On October 29, 1971 he enlisted with the United States Air Force serving until October 13, 1975 being stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, NE and then Incirlik Air Base in Adana, Turkey, where he took his wife and 2 young children.

Dave married his high school sweetheart, Lois Meier on December 27, 1971 and to this union 2 children were born, Wendi (Otte) Emanuel and Matthew Otte. After their time in the Air Force, they returned to Linwood to farm with Dave’s dad and brother, Rollie Otte. Dave took a position as a rural mail carrier out of Linwood in 1976 and retired in 2010, after 34 years of service.

Dave enjoyed many hobbies, with aviation being one of his favorites. After obtaining his private pilot’s license in 1985, he was fortunate enough to enter into a long partnership on a private plane. His true passion was his family, which included his 7 grandchildren. Dave did not hesitate to be a part of their lives and attend whatever activities of theirs he could. Travel was a big part of Dave and Lois’ life. They took many trips and really enjoyed their yearly vacations with the whole family.

Dave believed in his community and being involved. He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge, #119, Order of Eastern Star Ruth Chapter, all of North Bend, NE, and the American Legion Post #340 in Morse Bluff, NE, where he held multiple offices in these organizations. He was also a member of the AmVets, American Legion Riders, and the Tangier Shriners.

Dave is survived by his beloved wife, Lois of Linwood; children, Wendi (Ron) Emanuel of North Bend and Matt (Ranell) Otte of O’Neill, NE; and 7 grandchildren, Ethan and Marcus Emanuel, and William, Emma, Anna, Alex, and Laura Otte; brother, Rollie (Mary Ann) Otte of Morse Bluff; sisters, Diane Powers of Omaha and Carol (George) Zwickel of Shenandoah, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents; sister-in-law, Karen Scott and brother-in-law, Edward Scott.

Funeral Service will be 10:30 A.M., Thursday, April 8, 2021 at the United Presbyterian Church in North Bend, NE. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. with a Masonic Service starting at 7:30 P.M. at the church. Pastor Michael Hill will officiate. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend following the service.

Memorials may be directed to: United Presbyterian Church, Mason’s #119,
Am. Legion Post # 340, & Linwood Vol. Fire Dept.

Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.

Moser Memorial Chapel, 1040 N Main St. North Bend, NE 68649 402-652-8159

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday April 7, 2021 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Wednesday April 7, 2021 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    United Presbyterian Church
    Address
    940 Chestnut Street
    North Bend, Nebraska 68649
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  • Masonic Service

    Wednesday April 7, 2021 | 7:30pm
    When
    Wednesday April 7, 2021 7:30pm
    Location
    United Presbyterian Church
    Address
    940 Chestnut Street
    North Bend, Nebraska 68649
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  • Service

    Thursday April 8, 2021 | 10:30am
    When
    Thursday April 8, 2021 10:30am
    Location
    United Presbyterian Church
    Address
    940 Chestnut Street
    North Bend, Nebraska 68649
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  • Interment

    Location
    Woodland Cemetery
    Address
    NORTH BEND, NE
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Dave Bauer

Posted at 12:04pm
I want to express my condolences to all of Dave's family. I am sorry he's gone. We were very young pals in the District 15 one room county grade school, just southeast of Killians Cemetery and about four mile southwest of Morse Bluff, in the fifties and early sixties. I think our desks were right next to each other. I remember Dave really liked graham crackers. He always had some in his desk. We called him the "graham cracker kid". I kind of remember Dave riding his horse named Silver to school once or twice.
One time Dave rode Silver to our farm, which was only about two miles southwest of District 15, by road. The Otte's lived northwest of District 15, down the hill around Killians Cemetery, maybe three miles by road. Dave rode Silver up without a saddle; he only used reins. We didn't have a hitching post so Dave just dropped the reins down in front of Silver and he stayed in place. I was impressed by that. We didn't have horses and I wasn't much of a horseman. But he asked me if I wanted to ride Silver and I said sure.
Well, I got on ol' Silver and before I knew it we were in a dead gallop heading east down our lane and than north up the country road hill in a big hurry to where only Silver knew. There's no saddle on Silver and all I had to hang on to were the reins. This was in the mid to late fifties, none of us were very old, 10, 11, 12? I wasn't very big. And of course Silver didn't understand the Bohemian word "putsem" (which I believe means wait a minute). I didn't really say that. Anyway, Silver wasn't whoaing to my commands. So I thought, hey if he'll just stand still when the reins are hanging down in front of him why won't that work now? So I insanely threw the reins over his head, figuring that will act like brakes. (Has anyone ever heard a horse laugh?) Now I'm wildly bouncing up and down on his back with no saddle horn or reins to cling to. So I had to hold on to his mane. He allowed that.
I don't know how Dave did it but he and one or two of my brothers caught up to us and stopped Silver's joyride. I was puzzled by where Silver was going and Dave said he was heading home.
It still intrigues me that Silver knew the way home, by himself.
God bless you on your way home Dave.
Dave Bauer
BH

Beth Hodge

Posted at 08:34pm
My sincere sympathy to the entire family, I was very sad to hear of his passing and know he will be missed. Beth Strasser Hodge
SM

Sandra Miles

Posted at 05:47pm
Lois, just found out about Dave's passing today. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. Dave was one of those people that you could honestly say was a really nice guy. I know you have a lot of grandkids who are going to be missing him as much as you do. Will keep you and your family in our prayers. Joe and Sandy Miles
DG

Dee Gavin

Posted at 06:08pm
HI Lois,
This is Dee (Vojtech) Gavin, classmate of '70! And, fellow Morse Bluff resident on the "hill"! We always called it "the hill" and the Otte's lived down "Killians Rd" on the bottom! So many memories there! I am SO sorry to hear of Dave's passing! Prayers to you and your family!! Will be thinking of you!
Dee Gavin
NW

Nicki White

Posted at 04:31pm
Thoughts and Prayers to your entire family at this difficult time. Dave was alwasy so nice! We will miss seeing him at family get-togethers!
Jeremy, Nicki, Sage, Jackson & Nathan White
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