Otto G. Rahn, 90, Long Prairie

Otto Rahn, 90, Long Prairie
Otto Rahn, 90, Long Prairie

Funeral Services were held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday March 13th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Long Prairie for Otto G. Rahn, 90 year old resident of Long Prairie who passed away of cancer on March 7, 2012 at CentraCare Nursing Home. Rev. Noah Wehrspann officiated and burial took place at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Long Prairie.

Otto was born in Long Prairie, September 15, 1921 to August and Adelia (Niemeyer) Rahn. He helped his family farm until his marriage to Gladys Hardin in May 1944. He moved, with his new bride, to Doc Elver’s homestead where he farmed for ten years. Otto enjoyed farming because he loved animals, especially horses. With his farming experience he then worked at the Long Prairie Milling Company for eighteen years, until the company was sold. Following that, he was employed for thirteen years as a janitor at the Todd County Court House and retired in 1991. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and served as an usher. He enjoyed traveling and made several trips as a tag along with the Long Prairie Marching Band as well as traveling on his own to many other states. One of his hobbies was raising sweet corn in his back yard. Otto’s one dollar bag of corn will surely be missed. He said he had what other farmers only wished they had, a full line of operational equipment for raising his corn, his 1939 Allis Chalmer tractor, plow and cultivator. Otto also enjoyed spending time with his family and meeting with his friends for coffee at the local restaurants, sharing his quick wit and good sense of humor. Otto’s devotion to his family, his generosity and his positive outlook on life will be greatly missed.

Otto is survived by two daughters and their spouses, Shirley (Norman) Haberkorn of Long Prairie, Cheryl (Ron) Chan of Anchorage, AK, one son and his spouse Mark (Linda) Rahn of New Prague, MN; four sisters and their spouses Edna (Robert) Peterson of Edina, MN, Lydia (Leonard) Posch of Little Falls, MN, Delaine Peterson of Richland, WA, Deloris (Kenneth) Mielke of Bloomington, MN; brother and sister-in-law Arnold and Florence Westerberg of Long Prairie, Donna Hardin of Minneapolis, Betty Schuster of Cottage Grove, MN; eight grand children, eight great grand children, and many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Gladys; four brothers, Harold, Edwin, Leonard and Donald; and one sister Hilma.