John Otto was a big man with a big heart. You always knew where you stood with John. He had no trouble speaking his mind always in a kind, respectful manner. He loved his family with all his heart and took comfort in knowing the love of God.
John was born February 13, 1958 in Milwaukee to the late James and Lorraine (Larsen) Otto. On June 2, 1979 he married Donna Hernigle in Milwaukee. They moved to Wausau and raised two sons, John and Jason. For many years John drove semi for several different trucking companies. He then worked at Crystal Finishing. John enjoyed teaching his sons and grandchildren how to hunt, fish and camp. They especially enjoyed family outings at the cottage on Windpudding Lake.
Survivors include his wife, Donna, two sons, John and Jason (Rachel) all of Wausau, three grandchildren, Josh, Jayden and Jamison, two brothers, Jeff (Cathy) of Tomahawk, James (Sherry) of Harshaw, two sisters-in-law, Theresa Otto of West Bend and Karen Otto of Shorewood, and aunts, uncles and cousins. He was further preceded in death by two brothers, Thor and Terry.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 6, 2018 at Immanuel Baptist Church, 5100 Hummingbird Rd., Wausau. Reverend Robert Love will officiate. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Thursday at the Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce St., Wausau and at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services.