LAKE LILLIAN - Otto Lamecker, age 85, of Lake Lillian and formerly of the New Ulm area, died Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar after a short and valiant battle with cancer.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, April 7, at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Lake Lillian with Rev. Steve Verhelst as celebrant. Burial will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date.
Visitation is on Sunday 4-7 p.m. at K-M Funeral Home in Lake Lillian and continues on Monday at the church for one hour prior to the service.
Otto Alois Lamecker was born July 19, 1928 at New Ulm, to Alois and Annie (Portner) Lamecker. He grew up and attended school at New Ulm. Otto served his country in the U.S. Army from 1950-1953 where he fought in the Korea War. He was discharged in February 1953. On August 25, 1953 he married "his favorite gal" Dolores Gitter at St. George Catholic Church. They were married for over 60 years and were blessed with eight children. They lived and farmed near Lafayette until 1960 at which time they moved to New Ulm where he drove truck. In 1970 they moved to their farm at Lake Lillian where he farmed until 1994. Even in retirement Otto enjoyed helping other local farmers. Otto and Dolores were inseparable and taught their children to be self sufficient. He enjoyed restoring antique tractors, playing with the grandchildren who affectionately called him "Grandpa O," and was truly happy anytime he had a steering wheel in his hand. Otto was a member of the American Legion and the West Central Antique Power Collectors and would display his tractors in local parades. Otto was also a faithful member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church where he had been a lector, trustee and council member.
Otto is survived by his wife Dolores of Lake Lillian; his eight children: Corrine Gleisner of Willmar, Jean (Alan) Hoffmann of New Ulm, Bruce (Cheryl) Lamecker of Atwater, Diane (Mark) Weber of Maple Grove, Scott (Teresa) Lamecker of Kerkhoven, Delores (Jeffrey) Blom of Thief River Falls, Otto Jr. (Betty) Lamecker of Rochester, and Christine (Bruce) Bomstad of Hutchinson; his 24 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and his three sisters: Marie Reinhart of New Ulm, Martha Neidecker of Sleepy Eye and Rosie Hamann of Sleepy Eye.
Otto was preceded in death by his parents.
K-M Funeral Home, Lake Lillian