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November 23, 2020

10/28/2020 10:08:00 AM
Celebration of Life for Otto and Dorothy Boehm Nov. 7 in Buffalo Center

Otto Victor John Boehm, 98, of Buffalo Center, Iowa, passed away Oct. 22, 2020 at The Timely Mission Nursing Home in Buffalo Center, after residing there for the last 3 1/2 years.
Otto was born at home on June 11, 1922 in Kossuth County, Iowa, the son of William and Gertie Janssen Boehm. He attended country school and dropped out of school in the seventh grade to help his family during the depression. Otto worked for a number of farmers for board and room, with the money he earned going back to his family.
Otto married Dorothy Krull on Jan. 25, 1946 at The Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They lived in Buffalo Center while Otto worked at the Farmers Coop Elevator in Buffalo Center. When the chance came for him to rent a farm and live his dream, he didn't turn it down. The opportunity to purchase his own farm came in 1957. He moved the family to Lakota, Iowa.
Otto was a jack-of-all-trades and was very creative at fixing or repairing. Otto didn't miss many farm sales. If there was one in driving distance, he was there. He didn't need a buyer number, just his initials, "OB."
In 1987 Otto and Dorothy said it's time to move to town. So Buffalo Center was home. Their son, Duane, moved onto the farm.
Otto is survived by two sons, Daryl (Arvilla) Boehm of Racine and Duane (Annette) Boehm of Lakota; four grandchildren, Megan (Shawn) Erickson of Stewartville, Tyler Boehm of Stewartville, Cory (Bobbie) Boehm of Racine, and Erin (Jason) Olson of Stewartville; 13 great-grandchildren, Brock, Brody, Braedon and Braxton Erickson, Gavin, McKenzie and Caden Boehm, Corbin, Dawson, Easton and Britton Boehm, and Ashlyn and Brenna Olson; a sister, Rosena Nerdig of Buffalo Center; a brother, Robert (Gracile) Boehm of Zeeland, Michigan; a stepsister, Carol Jo Schmitz of Greeley, Colorado; sisters-in-law, Elaine Boehm of Buffalo Center, Joan Boehm of Greenville, South Carolina, Viola Krull of Waverly, Iowa, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, beloved wife, Dorothy of over 74 years on April 25, 2020; brothers, Fred (Jean), Carl (Gretchen), Pauline (Harold Eisenhauer, Irene (Edward) Winter, and brother-in-law, Harvey Nerdig.
Otto not only had "big hands," he had a "bigger heart!"
Due to circumstances, a private family service will be held.
A Celebration of Life for Otto and Dorothy Boehm will be held on Nov. 7, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. at the Heritage House in Buffalo Center. For everyone's safety and health, masking and social distancing are required and appreciated.

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