William A. Otto
November 29, 1953 – June 11, 2019
The family will receive friends on Saturday, June 15th from 10am to 11am at the West Center Chapel, followed by SERVICES at 11am. Memorials are suggested to Head for the Cure and Heron Haven.
William Alan Otto was born and raised in Havre, Montana. He had many aliases—Bill, Billy, Deetz and Mr. Boo Boo.
He developed his love for the great outdoors and all living (or dead) creatures at a young age. He was a wildlife biologist who worked for the Corp of Engineers for 35 years, retiring in 2018.
As a little boy, adults would ask him what he wanted to be when he grew up. Little boys usually say, “I want to be a police officer, fireman or doctor.” In a matter of fact voice, Bill would look up and say, “a paleontologist”. Most people would have to look it up as they had no idea what it was. For Bill, this was a lifelong passion.
Bill was also very resourceful, even at a young age. As a child, he watched the men in church pass the offering basket and thought that was a great idea to increase his savings. When company would come over, he would pass either his little green beret or fedora around to collect any spare change family friends would have in their pockets.
Bill loved all creatures large and small. When Cheryl and Bill were first married and a spider came to visit their kitchen, Cheryl went to smash it and he said, “spiders are our friends” and freed it. From then on in, that’s what their household did. He also instilled in his grandsons never to be afraid of “interesting creatures.” In fact, each time they found some bugs or creepy crawlies, they sent a picture to Deetz to identify for them.
Bill truly enjoyed spending time with his sons Chris and Hans. His camping trips and arrowhead hunts with them while they were children lead to yearly camping trips as adults. He cherished these times and loved his boys dearly.
Bill’s gentle, loving spirit will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Muriel Otto; his sister, Patty Otto and his brother, Art Otto. He is survived by wife, Cheryl Krieger; children Chris Otto (Lindsay), Hans Otto, Andy Krieger (Katie), and Kristi Krieger (Travis Smith); grandchildren: Frank, Pete, Gary, and Haaken; sister, Barbara Larson (Tom Gatz).
We invite you to join us for a reception and celebration of Bill’s life and to share your stories in the reception hall immediately following the service.