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August 31, 1952 – June 15, 2021

Robert was born on August 31, 1952 in Glencoe, MN to Henry and Eileen (Stifter) Otto.

He graduated from Holy Trinity School in Winsted, MN in 1971.

Robert and Colleen Kenney were joined in holy marriage on January 18, 1975 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.  They were blessed with two children, Angela and Jason.

He worked for Sterner Lighting for 10 years and Millerbernd Manufacturing for one year.  In 1983 he and his brother took over the family farm which has been in the Otto name for 159 years.  He was involved in the Knights of Columbus and Winstock and was always available to help people any way he could.

Robert loved to have his grandkids and as he called it his “adopted” grandkids around and do projects with them.  He loved to work with wood and was a very great handyman.  His motto was “If it’s already broke, you might as well try to fix it, it’s already broke!”

Robert is survived by his loving wife of 47 years Colleen; children Angela (Michael) Knapp of Brooklyn Park and Jason Otto of Lester Prairie; grandchildren Kaylee and Jack; step-grandson Tanner; siblings Karen (David) Schoen of Winsted, Lois (Richard) Nolan of Waverly, Kenneth Otto of Vadnais Heights, twin brother Ronald (Darlene) Otto of Winsted, Laurence Otto of Lester Prairie, Richard (Sharon) of New Jersey, Susan (Jeffery) Muenchow of Silver Lake; brother-in-law William Graham of Howard Lake; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Thomas (Jamie) Kenney; Janice (Richard) Nybakke, Marjorie (Roger) Tews, Mary Ann (Duane) Arndt, Layne (Robyn) Kenney all of Hutchinson, Wanda (Kevin) Johnson of New London, Charlene (Mark) Hovorka of Bloomer, WI, James (Kerry Ann) Kenney of Rice Lake, WI, Michael (Sherry) Kenney of Buffalo Lake; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents Henry and Eileen Otto; sister Kathleen Graham; sister-in-law Deloris Otto; father-in-law and mother-in-law J. Ira and Helen Kenney.

Memorial Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.  Father John Hayes will be the celebrant.  Inurnment will follow at Holy Trinity Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Monday, June 21, 2021 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM with a Knights of Columbus Rosary recited at 6:15 PM followed by parish prayers at 6:30 PM at The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted.  Further visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 22 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the funeral home.

Honorary urn bearers will be Kaylee, Jack, Nathan and Heather.

Urn bearers will be Tyler Otto and Trent Otto.

Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.  On-line condolences can be made at

4 Guestbook Entries

  1. Roger and Marlene Hettver

    Colleen and Family; So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.

  2. Donna Karels

    Colleen so sorry for your loss

  3. Art Otto

    Colleen and family,
    I am so saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. He was very special to my parents, John and Elizabeth Otto, and I always enjoyed visiting with him. I regret that due to my wife’s poor health I will not be able to attend the services for Bob.
    Our condolences,
    Art and Jane Otto

  4. Reada Lukes

    Hi Colleen Both Mike and i are sorry for your loss , sending you Big Hugs and our prayers are with you and your Family


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