Otto Meyer
Otto Meyer
Otto Roy Meyer died peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Saint Marys Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

Otto was born Dec. 9, 1918, on the family farm in rural Wykoff, Minn., to Otto Meyer, Sr. and Amanda (Affeldt) Meyer. Otto was the ninth of 12 children, and attended Forestville Township school in Forestville Township, to the eighth grade. Otto then helped on the family farm working "the 80" with his parents and siblings.

On Sept. 25, 1940, Otto married Helen Marcia Rollie, and they lived and farmed on the Alma Rollie family farm until 1950. In 1950 they bought a farm 4 miles south of Wykoff and lived and farmed there for 20 years. In the early 1960s iron ore was discovered on the farmland and for several years was mined by the Hanna Mining Company. Otto retired from farming in 1970, and Otto and Helen then sold the farm and built a new house one mile south of Wykoff. He then helped Helen run her greenhouse business and drove school bus part time, until Otto started at the Forestville State Park as a maintenance worker, and stayed for the next 20 years.

In 1988 Otto and Helen built their dream home, a log cabin in the woods near Forestville State Park. They lived there together happily until Helen died in 1993. Otto continued to live in the log home until 2002, then bought a small home and moved to the town of Wykoff. In 2009, Otto moved to Spring Valley to assisted living in the Spring Valley Senior Living Center, and finally lived at the Care Center to the present time.

Otto was a dairy, livestock, and crop farmer for much of his life, and loved the farm life. He was always a very active and busy man, and had many hobbies and talents, and especially loved music. At the age of 16 he learned to play guitar and played for many barn dances and house parties. He also played a mouth organ (harmonica), banjo, concertina and mandolin, and continued to play music and sing to the end of his life, and entertained with his mouth organ at the Care Center on many occasions.

Otto loved the outdoors and nature, and loved to fish, and spent many happy days trout fishing on the Root River, or fishing on the Mississippi from shore or on his pontoon. His sons took him on many fishing trips to Canada and other places. Otto also enjoyed going up north with his family for years to enjoy Lake Miltona in Alexandria every summer for a week-long family gathering and to fish. During his farming years Otto had a team of ponies that he drove with a wagon along side Helen in several Wykoff Fall Fest parades, dressed in old time clothes. Otto and Helen liked to travel and do sightseeing, and after he retired from farming they traveled to many places in the U.S. by themselves and with their friends. Otto was a volunteer Fire Warden for the State of Minnesota for many years. He was a member of the Farmers Union for many years, and worked tirelessly on the Wykoff Fall Fest committee for several years. Otto was a hard worker and was always willing to help out when needed or asked. He helped his children and his family on countless occasions in many ways over the years when needed.

Otto was a lifelong and faithful member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Wykoff, was baptized there, and served as a deacon and on church board for several years. He was a faithful Christian and loved the Lord. Otto also loved his family and was well loved by everyone who knew him.

Otto is survived by his children, Roger (Mary) Meyer of Wayzata, Minn., Gary (Devonna) Meyer of Kellogg, Minn., Marcy (Jerry) Allen of Rochester, Minn., and Shelly Meyer of Dodge Center, Minn.; 15 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren; brother Marvin (Darlene) Meyer of Spring Valley, and sisters Amanda Laue of Pine Island and Magdalene Jeske of Spring Valley; and many, many nieces and nephews.

Otto was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Helen Meyer of 53 years, and brothers Walter Meyer, Ernest Meyer, Alfred Meyer, Ervin Meyer, Paul Meyer, Edward Meyer, and sisters Martha Rollie and Edna Schultz.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday evening, Dec. 5, at Thauwald Funeral Home in Spring Valley from 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Wykoff, with a visitation one hour prior to the service in the church basement. Interment will follow at the St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Wykoff following the funeral.

Thauwald Funeral Home of Spring Valley is in charge of arrangements.