Otto A. Goettel, age 76, of Black Creek, passed away on March 5, 2014 with his family beside him at Cherry Meadows after battling cancer for the last three years. He was born November 25, 1937 in Milwaukee, WI, the son of Otto and Leona (Hackbarth) Goettel. They moved to Berlin when he was 8 years old and then to a farm near Black Creek in 1947. While attending Seymour High School, he was a star basketball player. He continued to enjoy watching sports and Nascar the rest of his life. After graduation he worked in several mills and was an accountant, but in his spare time he always went back to his parent's farm. Otto served his country in the National Guard. For a few years he owned a trucking company and drove long haul mostly to Texas and Florida. His real passion was custom farming and working land, planting and harvesting crops with his John Deere equipment and driving around the countryside with his grandson, Kevin, checking on his crops. He bought his new John Deere combine two years ago and enjoyed a trip to the plant to watch it roll off the assembly line. He was thankful that his son-in-law and three grandsons also shared his passion for farming and appreciated all their help through the years. Otto enjoyed going to the local restaurant weekday mornings to meet his buddies and on the weekends he went to his daughter's house to visit, play with the dogs and have coffee. He married JoAnn Miller in the town of Big Falls on August 29, 1959 and together they shared 54 years of marriage.
Survivors include his wife, JoAnn, his daughter Diane (Don) Henning and three grandsons, Paul (special friend Jenna Warner) Henning, Jason (fiancé Jennifer Dickmann) Henning and Kevin Henning, all of Black Creek. He is further survived by his sisters MaryAnn Glass and Lenore (Alvin) Ziegenbein, sisters-in law; Dorothy Ovsienko, Joyce Helms, Ruth Miller, Geraldine Miller, brothers-in-law; LeRoy Miller and Russell (Delores) Miller.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers-in-law; Roy Glass, Carl Miller, Walter Ovsienko, Marlyn Miller and Harold Helms, his sisters-in-law; Gladys (Wilbur) Leach, and Donna Miller.
Funeral services for Otto will be held at 3:00PM on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Valley Funeral Home, 2211 N. Richmond St, Appleton, with Pastor Mike Huff officiating. Visitation will be held from 1:00PM until the time of service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to extend their appreciation to all the medical personnel who helped Otto over the years, especially Theda Care Hospice for all their caring assistance during his last month at home and on his final day, which he spent at Cherry Meadows.