William Frederick Otterpohl, age 92 of Hartington, NE, died on Friday, May 23, 2014, at the Golden Living Center in Hartington.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 10:30 am at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with Rev. Jeffery Loseke officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery in Hartington. Visitation will be on Monday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm with a Vigil Service at 5:00 pm at the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the church.
Bill was born on April 24, 1922 in Lindsay, Nebraska to John and Mary (Ramaekers) Otterpohl. In 1931 he moved with his family to Randolph, Nebraska where he grew up. He married Alexia Margaret Gubbels on June 12, 1944 at Randolph. Bill and Lex, as they were known, farmed in the Randolph area for 14 years before moving to Hartington in 1958. They began Bill's Surge Service at their home until moving the business (now known as Surge Dairy Equipment) to downtown Hartington in 1967 with Bill's nephew and business partner, Edward Hosch, who at age 15 came to live with them in 1961. They retired in 1983 and Bill has been a resident of the Golden Living Center since September 14, 2007. Bill was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church and is a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus and was a former Grand Knight.
Bill is survived by his nephew and "son", Edward Hosch and his wife JoAnn of Hartington and their children, Robert Hosch and wife, Beth, and their children Addison, Colton and Lexi of Peoria, AZ; Rebecca Hosch of Omaha; sisters-in-law, Virginia Otterpohl of Sioux City, Iowa; Alma Otterpohl Bray of Denver, CO; Dorothy Gubbels of Columbus, NE; brothers-in-law, Earl Leinart of Omaha; Ken Silman of Aurora, CO; Brother Mark Gubbels FSC of Memphis, TN; Melvin Gubbels of Lena, WI; Tom Gubbels of Randolph and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lexi, on Nov. 17, 2005 at the age of 83, eight siblings, Veronica and Mathias Hosch, Dorothy and Paul Leiting, Robert Otterpohl, Grace Riley Leinart, Joseph Otterpohl, Mary Silman, Thomas Otterpohl, who died in infancy, John "Jack" Otterpohl, sisters-in-law, Althea Gubbels, Doris Gubbels, Patricia Gubbels, brothers-in-law, Isadore and his wife, Angela Gubbels and Michael Gubbels.
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Dear ED & JoAnn,
My sympathy and prayers for your loved one. I will not be able to come to the funeral but will be thinking of you.
LaVerne Kathol Sassen
Dear Ed and JoAnn,
What a lovely video tribute to Uncle Bill! The pictures of family and friends touch my heart. Thank you for sharing. Doug, Nancy and I will be making a memorial gift in our uncle's memory to Boys Town. May God bless you and comfort you.
With love, Christy Riley
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