James A. Hall

Norman C. Otto

Barron, Wisconsin

Norman C. Otto, 86, Barron, Wis., passed away Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, at Monroe Manor, Barron.

He was born Jan. 21, 1928, to Louis and Ellen (Hinger) Otto at La Crosse. In his early childhood, Norman spent many years in La Crosse and Onalaska before the family moved to Barron.

On Jan. 4, 1946, he enlisted with the United States Navy to serve his country during World War II. He was a fireman aboard the USS Skagit and the flag ship USS Appalachian, where he also took part in the nuclear bomb test “Operations Crossroads” at the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands on July 1, 1946.

On Aug. 7, 1950, he married Ruth Wolworth. Norman enjoyed hunting and fishing but especially enjoyed the great family times camping. He was a member of the Barron/Maple Grove Fire Department and retired after 22 years of service to the community. He also was a longtime member of the Barron American Legion Post 212.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are daughters Sherri (Vern) Hanson and Beth (Todd) Seeger; sons Mike (Cindy) and Gary; sisters Carolyn (Sid) Johnson and Joann (Jim) Buelow; a sister-in-law Dona Walworth; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Iris Nelson and brothers-in-law Harold Nelson and C.M. (Buck) Wolworth. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, from United Methodist Church, Barron, with Pastor Mary Ann Conklin officiating. Visitation will be held an hour prior to services.

Interment will be held at 1:45 p.m. Thursday at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery, rural Spooner. Cremation Society of Wisconsin is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.cremationsociety-wi.com