Robert (Bob) Lee Otto

April 22, 1936 ~ July 20, 2019 (age 83)


Robert (Bob) Lee Otto was born on April 22, 1936 in St. Cloud, MN and died on July 20, 2019 in his home of 52 years in Elk River, MN.  Bob is preceded in death by his father Leo Otto, his mother Mable (Meyer) Otto and an infant older sister Marion.

Bob graduated from St. Cloud Technical High School in 1954.  He joined the Marines and served from 1957-59 including a tour in Okinawa.  After a series of business related jobs, Bob decided he would like to be a teacher.  He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1972 and after a brief period in the Edina school district, took a position at the Elk River High School teaching business.  Bob taught in Elk River for 26 years, retiring in 1999.  Bob was a proud lifelong Elk River resident and was an active supporter of community and athletic activities.

Bob is survived by his wife of 58 years, Kelly (Hoff) Otto; his siblings, Carol Gilsrud, Tom (Judy) Otto, and Caron (Rick) Olson; his sons, Joel (Kary), Kurt (Linda), Craig (Amanda), and Erik (Tracey); and his grandchildren, Jamie Otto, Ben Otto, Samantha (Olson) Tan, Taylor Otto, Jace Otto, Kacey Otto, Emily Otto, and Aaron Otto.

Services will be at Central Lutheran Church, 1103 School St, Elk River on Monday July 29, 2019.  A time of gathering for friends and family will be from 3:00-5:00 followed a celebration of Bob’s life at 5:00 with military honors, followed by dinner.  In lieu of flowers, memorials will be given to some of Bob’s favorite charities.


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Gathering of Family and Friends
July 29, 2019

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Central Lutheran Church
1103 School Street Northwest
Elk River, MN 55330

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