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Otto H. Herrmann, Jr. - January 26, 1940 - August 19, 2023 (83 years).
Otto H. Herrmann, Jr., child of God, was born to Andriena J. (Omundson) and Otto H. Herrmann, Sr. January 26, 1940, in Gruver, Iowa.
He attended rural public schools in Iowa and Minnesota, then attended Crown Christian School in Crown, MN during his Lutheran confirmation training. Attending Concordia Academy for Boys in St. Paul, MN Otto was the football quarterback and played baseball, wrestled, and played basketball before graduating in 1957.
The following year, Otto had the opportunity to play baseball with a farm club. However, with the guidance of his parents he joined the U.S. Navy and served from 1958-1962.
After serving his country, not wanting to return to MN to milk cows, he stayed on the East Coast. He took a job as a night-time gasoline station attendant. He went on to work for Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Boston achieving gold status. Then he opened his own Sonny James Dance Studio. Next, he worked for Raytheon and Allstate. When Allstate Insurance left the state of MA, he opened his own agency. In addition, having purchased a farm, he made and sold hay, freezer beef and whole chickens.
The guitar he received as payment of debt while in the Navy was put to good use singing at nursing homes and later in a duet music ministry with his wife Deborah whom he married in 1985. They sang folk and gospel music at churches, county fairs, community events, and helped start Advent Lutheran Church in Middleboro, MA.
His work with the Downey Little League Program, to incorporate children of all abilities to be able to participate in athletics enhanced the lives of many in the Brockton, MA area. Otto could always be counted on to coach or sponsor a team. He also worked with the youth probation department in Brockton, MA as well as Utica NY. He could be counted on in his work with the Coast Guard Auxiliary and then Homeland Security as well.
No matter where he lived, Otto was active in his church congregation as a musician, Sunday School teacher, Confirmation teacher, elder and helper of the people. He was instrumental in having various churches sponsor a room for renovation in the Greentree Home for Girls and the Greentree Home for Boys in Brockton, MA. Currently a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Utica, NY he touched the lives of many members. He hired many young people to work on the farm, giving them their first job where they also received some financial training and Christian life-skill advice.
Otto enjoyed hunting, fishing, and reading mysteries.
He is survived by wife: Deborah; sons: Daryn (Jonathan) Adams, Josh (Kimberly) Herrmann, Shawn Herrmann and Flobert (Louise) Kadja Thomi; daughter-in-law Kelley Hosmer; brother Daniel (Yvonne) Herrmann, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; son: Otto H. Herrmann, III; sisters: Marlene Trebesch, Gloria Papenfuhs, and brother Allen Herrmann.
Visitation for Otto will be held on Wednesday, August 30 from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home 280 Bedford Street, Lakeville, MA 02347. Otto will be laid to rest with a graveside service at Acushnet Cemetery, 91 Main Street Acushnet, MA 02743, on Thursday August 31, 2023, at 10:00AM. Services for Otto in New York were provided by Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral and Cremation Services.
Otto’s words to you would be “Believe in Jesus and be saved from your sins so you will have eternal life.”
If you would like to send a memorial donation in Otto's name, please consider donating to the Lutheran Church of the Way, 110 Robinson Street Raynham, MA 02767. You can visit their website at www.familiesinchrist.org, The Advent Lutheran Church, 62 East Grove Street, Middleboro, MA 02346, or the Trinity Lutheran Church, 2620 Genessee Street, Utica, NY 13502.
Lutheran Church of the Way
110 Robinson Street, Raynham MA 02767
Advent Lutheran Church
62 East Grove Street, Middleboro MA 02346
Trinity Lutheran Church
2620 Genessee Street, Utica NY 13502