Melvin James Otto

1934 - 2019


Melvin James “Joe” Otto 85 of Erie, Michigan, went to be with our lord on Saturday May 18, 2019 in Regency Hospital of Toledo, Sylvania. He was born in Toledo, Ohio on May 12, 1934 to Edward and Althier Otto. He was a lifetime Farmer. He attended Ida High School through ninth grade. He thoroughly enjoyed farming, spending time in Florida with his wife, Brenda, and going to Flea Markets. He also enjoyed going to the Vegetable Markets, buying produce, and handing it out to people he did business with and those who couldn’t get out to go. He loved his Children, Grandchildren, and Great Grandchildren very much.


Joe always had a wonderful smile and everyone fell in love with his contagious personality from the moment they met him. He was a Patient, Kind, and Caring man and he loved to make others smile. Growing up, he worked many years on the farm helping his mom (Althier) and dad (Edward) raising milk cows for Cherry Grove Dairy and helping to deliver the milk. Later in Life, He loved growing tomatoes with his brothers on the farm and hauling them to Hunts, Red Gold, and Harbrow for over 45 years and also sold his tomatoes at the Detroit Market, where he was known as “ Tomato Joe”. He eventually switched to farming grains which included wheat, corn, and soybeans. He loved making lunch runs for the guys in the field.


He was preceded in death by parents Edward & Althier Otto; Daughter Michele Otto; and Brothers Kenneth and Norman Otto.


Survived by his wife Brenda (of 51 years); Sons Bryan (Kelly) Otto, John (Jessica) Otto; Grandchildren Morgan Otto, Austin and Alyssa Otto, Lena and Lacey Otto; Great Grandchildren Brayden and Braxton Baker.


Family and Friends may visit at the Capaul Funeral Home, 8216 Ida West Rd Ida, Michigan, Wednesday May 22nd, from 12:00pm to 8:00pm. He will lie in state on Thursday May 23rd, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1920 Lewis Ave Ida, Michigan, from 10:00am to 11:00am. Funeral Service begins at 11:00am. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle, MI. Following the burial, luncheon to follow at Prince of Peace church in the Gymnasium. Memorials may take the form of contributions to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, or Relay for Life.


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