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Donald R. Otting
(March 8, 1934 - July 1, 2013)

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Donald R. Otting

Obituary announcement FLAG Dateline: Cascade

Donald R. Otting, 79, of 605 4th Avenue, SE, Cascade, Iowa, died Monday July 1, 2013 at 9:40 p.m. peacefully at home surrounded by his family.

In keeping with Don’s wishes, there will be no public visitation. The family will greet friends and relatives of Don from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, Iowa. The Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Services for Don will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 6, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, Iowa (due to renovation at St. Martin’s Church). Presiding will be Msgr. Richard Funke, and Concelebrating will be Rev. Loras Otting. Burial to be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa, where full military honors will be presented by the Cascade American Legion.

Don was born March 8, 1934 in Cascade, Iowa, Son of Joseph and Anna (Soppe) Otting. He is a graduate of the former St. Mary’s High School in Cascade, Iowa. On April 28, 1956 he was united in marriage to Jean Gile at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. Don was employed with the Dubuque County Highway Department. He is an Army veteran, having served in the Korean War.

In his day, Don was an avid hunter. He also enjoyed spending time in the outdoors with his family, walking and hiking in the Round Hollow and Whitewater areas.

He was a member of St. Matthias Parish and its Altar and Rosary Society, and the Cascade American Legion.

He is survived by his wife Jean (Gile) Otting, three daughters, Joyce (Larry) Knepper, Donna (Blair) Gleason, Janet(Kevin) Fagan all of Cascade, IA; 8 grandchildren; Kristine (Jeremy) Kreutner, Trisha (Mark) Weitz, Jacob (Brady) Knepper, Kelsey Knepper, Kayla (Ryan) Sperfslage, Daniel Gleason, Jason Fagan and Zach Fagan ( Danyelle McClendon); 5 great grandchildren; Macey and Paige Kreutner, Emma, Nora and Will Sperfslage; five siblings, Bob (Jean) Otting and Jerry (Joan) Otting both of Cascade, IA, Rev. Loras Otting of Dubuque, Iowa, Betty Woerdehoff of Cascade, IA, JoAnne Otting of Manchester, NH; and a sister-in-law, Grace Otting of Maquoketa, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Lisa Otting on July 7, 1984; two brothers, Wilbur (Bill) and James Otting; One sister, Rosemary Otting; Brother-in-Law Cliff Woerdehoff ; Sister-in-Law Madonna (Otting) Tucker.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

The family wishes to thank Dr. Gordon, Dr. Nachtman, the Mercy Medical Center-3rd floor Nurses and CNA’s and the staff of Hospice of Dubuque.


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