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Joseph Dominic OttingSeptember 22, 2017
Joseph Dominic Otting, 70 years old of Bernard, Iowa went to be with the Lord on Friday, September 22, 2017 in Dubuque.
Visitation will be Sunday, October 1st, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. followed by a Memorial Service at 1:00 p.m. at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque, Iowa. During the service, friends and family are invited to share personal stories about how he touched your life.
A Funeral Mass will be officiated by Father Don Hertges, Monday, October 2nd, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church Otter Creek, 17486 Bellevue-Cascade Road in Zwingle, Iowa. Military Honors and Burial will be 1:00 p.m. at the Rock Island National Cemetery on Arsenal Island.
Joe was born September 30, 1946 in Dubuque, Iowa to Joseph P. & Della (Cox) Otting and grew up on the Otting family farm in Bernard, Iowa. He was a good man that loved his family, his garden and his country. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War in Danang March 1967 - March 1969. He received a National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with One Bronze Star and a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was a Journeyman Pattern Maker by trade but his heart was to be out in nature. He realized a life-long dream when he built his home on the farm where he grew up and spent his final years tending to the most amazing garden that inspired many to start their own gardens. He forever touched people’s lives with his kind spirit and positive, easy-going attitude. He will be treasured in our hearts for how much he blessed us with his love and will always be remembered for being “a really good guy”. May the Lord welcome him home into Paradise where he will have the most incredible garden to enjoy for all eternity.
He is survived by his children and their spouses Kelli (Marty) Otting, Terrence (Diana) Otting, Joseph C. (Monika) Otting, Amy (Michael) McConnell. Grandchildren Ian (Ashley) Otting, Olivia Otting, Tristan Otting, Matthew Silva, Kylie McConnell, Kaelyn McConnell. Great-Grandchildren Gracie and Charles Otting. Siblings Patricia Iniguez, Terrance (Concheeta) Otting, Mary Rose (Randy) Mazure, Karen (Randall) Roundy, John “Don” Otting.
Preceded in Death by parents Joseph P. and Della (Cox) Otting. Brothers Francis J. Otting, Timothy J. Otting
God bless you and thank you to all of his family, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, friends and caregivers who loved and cared for him.