Funeral services for Otto P. Hertzke, 98, Fairmont, MN formerly of Lakota, IA will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 10:30 am at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lakota with Rev. Lynn Noel officiating. Interment will be held in the church cemetery. Otto died on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at the Mayo Health Systems-Lutz Wing, Fairmont, MN. Visitation will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lakota from 5-7:00 pm and one hour before the services on Tuesday. Arrangements are entrusted to Zaharia Family Funeral & Cremation Service of Truman, MN.
Otto Paul Hertzke was born on June 15, 1917 in rural Lakota, IA to Paul and Mattie (Leigh) Hertzke. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lakota. Otto attended country school in Lincoln Township. He met Alfa Sleper through his sister Ruth. On December 1, 1938 they were united in marriage at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Parsonage. Otto farmed his entire life retiring at age 93. Alfa died on May 9, 2015. He enjoyed fishing, camping, water skiing, bowling, boating and especially time with his grandkids and great grandkids. For 11 years, Otto and Alfa went south for the winter. Otto was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lakota where he also served on the church cemetery board.
Otto is survived by his two daughters, Janice Stecker (Fred), Lakota, IA, Glenda Rowe (James), Jackson, MN; one son, Jerald Hertzke (Mary), Lakota, IA; one son-in-law, Larry Shoemaker, Prescott Valley, AZ; 12 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Charlene Hertzke, Algona, IA, Lorraine Stewart, Lakota, IA. Otto was preceded in death by his loving wife Alfa of 76 years who he dearly missed; one daughter, Sheryl Shoemaker; his parents; three brothers and two sisters.