June 18, 2019


Otmar “Ott” Fischer, 97, of Algona, Iowa, died Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at Algona Manor Care Center.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 20, at St. Cecelia Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Cecelia Church. Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 21,  at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Templeton, Iowa.

Oakcrest Funeral Services of Algona is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Ott’s name to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 4150 Westown Parkway St. #203. West Des Moines, IA 50266.

Otmar “Ott” Edward Fischer was born on June 21, 1921, in rural Roselle, Iowa, a son of Frank and Kate (Bierl) Fischer. Ott and his family later moved to a farm near Templeton where he completed his eighth-grade education while helping his father on the farm. He was also an assistant mail carrier and later moved to Carroll and took employment with Heider Manufacturing Co. In 1945, Ott enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country as a medical technician.

Ott was married to Colette “Cookie” Venteicher on Nov. 26, 1945, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Willey, Iowa, by the Rev. H.J. Dries. Ott was stationed in Tacoma, Washington, during World War II.

He was honorably discharged in 1946, and then together, Ott and Cookie returned to Carroll. Following their return, their daughter, Paula, was born in 1947 and later their son Kenneth was born in 1949. Ott and Cookie moved to St. Benedict and operated the grocery store, tavern and post office. Due to Kenneth’s cystic fibrosis diagnosis, Cookie and her children moved to Tucson, Arizona, in 1953 while Ott traveled back and forth while still operating the grocery store, tavern and post office. In 1954, their third child, Randy, was born. He, too, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. They lost both sons to cystic fibrosis.

In 1966 they moved to the Amana Colonies and operated a store and café in South Amana. They then built a car museum in the Colonies and enjoyed all the tourists.

In 1978 they moved to Algona. After a tornado hit the town, they opened a woodworking and refinishing shop and dearly loved to work with wood. In 2000, they decided to retire and sold their shop, but were not happy in an apartment so they built a new home and again went back to work.

Ott had many diverse hobbies and interests. He loved to play cards, go to auctions, was a great cook, and had a flair for storytelling. He was a firm believer in giving and sharing his talents with others, and enjoyed doing it. With his “people person” attitude, it could be said Ott never knew a stranger. Most importantly Ott was a dedicated family man to his wife and children. Ott also had a strong faith. He was a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, and a member of the American Legion.

Ott is survived by his daughter, Paula K. See; three granddaughters, Carrie (Wayne) Hester of Mount Pleasant, Theresa (Jason) Fisher of Washington, and Becky (Ben Mitchell) See of Seattle, Washington; five great-grandchildren, Tyler Wade of Winfield, Randy (Kaitie) Wade of Winfield, Katie Wade of Iowa City, Chloe Fisher of Washington and Nathan Hester of Mount Pleasant; great-great-granddaughter, Taylor Ann Wade of Winfield; great-great-grandson, Junior Wade of Winfield; sister, Dorothy (Frank) Youngblood of Tacoma, Washington; special friends Carol Ludwig, Brian and Kari Brace; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Colette “Cookie” Fischer; two sons, Kenneth Fischer and Randy Fischer; and siblings Johnny Fischer, Hilda Steffes, Clarence Fischer, Catherine Pelfresne, Leonard Fischer, Mary Dentlinger, and Rita Ferden.