POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Fred Helmut Otte, of Poughkeepsie, died Friday, June 17 after a nine-year battle with cancer. He was 91.
He was born Ernst Friedrich Folke Helmut Otte on Jan. 21, 1925 in Norrköping, Sweden, to Carlheinz and Erna (Mireau) Otte. He was 6 when his father died, and his family moved to live with maternal grandparents in Vienna, Austria, where he grew up. He obtained bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Vienna. He immigrated to the United States on Labor Day, 1949.
In 1950, he married Dorothy Hill. Working at various jobs in Reading, Pa., he continued his education and obtained a diploma for highway engineering from the Scranton Correspondence School. From 1958-63, he was employed by the Minnesota Highway Department in St. Paul as a computer programmer. Beginning in 1963 and until his retirement in 1987, he was employed by IBM in Poughkeepsie.
He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, the Steuben Society of America, Germania and numerous camera and hiking clubs, president of the Horseshoe Trail Hiking Club in Pennsylvania, a volunteer at the Samuel F.B. Morse home in Poughkeepsie and a cartographer for the State of New York.
An avid amateur photographer and lover of nature, he liked to swim and ride his bicycle.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Dorothy; his daughters Monica Otte DeMarco, of Maryland, Janet O’Rourke of Texas, Linda Broulik of Florida and Rosemary Lundy of North Carolina; his sons, William of North Carolina and Richard, of Poughkeepsie; 12 grandchildren; and his sister, Hilla Löwing of Sweden.
He was predeceased by his son, Peter Eric Otte, who died in 2011.
Calling hours will be held from 4-6 p.m. Thursday at St John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 55 Wilbur Blvd., Poughkeepsie, followed by a memorial service at 6 p.m. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St John’s. Arrangements are under the direction of the William G. Miller & Son Funeral Home, 371 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie.
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