A funeral Mass for Otmar Edward Fischer was held at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 20, at St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Algona. Visitation was from 10 to 11 a.m., on Thursday at St. Cecelia Catholic Church. Burial was 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 21, at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Templeton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Ott's name to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 4150 Westown Parkway Ste. 203. West Des Moines, 50266.
Otmar "Ott" Edward Fischer was born June 21, 1921, in rural Roselle, the son of Frank and Kate (Bierl) Fischer. Ott and his family later moved to a farm near Templeton where he completed his eighth-grade education while helping his father on the farm. He was also an assistant mail carrier and later moved to Carroll and took employment with the Heider Manufacturing Co. In 1945, Ott enlisted in the United States Army and served his country as a medical technician.
Ott was united in marriage on Nov. 26, 1945 to Colette "Cookie" Venteicher at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Willey, by Rev. H.J. Dries. Ott was stationed in Tacoma, Wash., during WWII.
He was honorably discharged in 1946, and then together, Ott and Cookie returned to Carroll. Following their return, their daughter, Paula, was born in 1947 and later their son, Kenneth, was born in 1949. Ott and Cookie moved to St. Benedict and operated the grocery store, tavern and post office. Due to Kenneth's Cystic Fibrosis diagnosis, Cookie and her children moved to Tucson, Ariz., in 1953 while Ott traveled back and forth while still operating the grocery store, tavern and post office. In 1954, their third child, Randy, was born. He was also diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. They lost both sons to cystic fibrosis.
In 1966 they moved to the Amana Colonies and operated a store and café in South Amana. They then built a car museum in the Colonies and enjoyed all the tourists. In 1978 they moved to Algona. After the tornado, they opened up a woodworking and refinishing shop and dearly loved to work with wood. In 2000, they decided to retire and sold their shop but were not happy in an apartment so they built a new home and again went back to work.
Ott had many diverse hobbies and interests. He loved to play cards, go to auctions, was a great cook and had a flair for storytelling. He was a firm believer in giving and sharing his talents with others and enjoyed doing it. With his people-person attitude, it could be said, "Ott never knew a stranger." Most importantly, Ott was a dedicated family man to his wife and children. Ott also had a strong faith. He was a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the American Legion.
Ott died Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at the Algona Manor Care Center. He was 97.
Ott is survived by his daughter Paula K. See; three granddaughters, Carrie (Wayne) Hester of Mount Pleasant, Theresa (Jason) Fisher of Washington, and Becky (Ben Mitchell) See of Seattle, Wash.; five great-grandchildren, Tyler Wade of Winfield, Randy (Kaitie) Wade of Winfield, Katie Wade of Iowa City, Chloe Fisher of Washington, Nathan Hester of Mount Pleasant; great-great-granddaughter Taylor Ann Wade of Winfield; great-great-grandson Junior Wade of Winfield; sister Dorothy (Frank) Youngblood of Tacoma, Wash.; special friends, Carol Ludwig, Brian and Kari Brace; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Colette "Cookie" Fischer; two sons, Kenneth Fischer and Randy Fischer; and siblings, Johnny Fischer, Hilda Steffes, Clarence Fischer, Catherine Pelfresne, Leonard Fischer, Mary Dentlinger and Rita Ferden.
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