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Otto L. Deichert

October 21, 1925 — June 4, 2023

South Sioux City



Otto L. Deichert passed away on Sunday, June 4, 2023 at the age of 97 in South Sioux City, Nebraska. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 16, 2023 at St. Michael Catholic Church in South Sioux City, Nebraska with Father Michael Keating as Celebrant.  Inurnment will be at the National Cemetery in Omaha, Nebraska at a later date.  Visitation, with the family present, will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 15th at Mohr & Becker-Hunt Funeral Home in South Sioux City, Nebraska.  Online condolences may be offered at  In lieu of flowers, a band scholarship fund is pending at the South Sioux City High School, and the family requests memorials be made to the family for contribution to the scholarship fund as soon as it has been established.

Otto was born on October 21, 1925, in Grant County, North Dakota to Harry and Suzanna (Kahl) Deichert. He was the oldest of seven living children. The family lived on a farm near Raleigh, North Dakota. Otto graduated from high school in Carson, North Dakota in 1943. Shortly after graduation, Otto joined the Sea Bees. After completely basic training, he was sent to Okinawa where he served for the remainder of WWII. Upon returning to the states, Otto enrolled at the North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton. He graduated with a degree in auto body trade in 1949.

On May 29, 1950, he married Rita Heid in Selfridge, North Dakota. Together they had two sons, Jerome and Rory.

Otto left the auto trade and eventually became employed with the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. After living in several communities in South and North Dakota, Otto and his family moved to South Sioux City, Nebraska in September 1963. Otto commuted daily to the Bureau of Indian Affairs offices in Winnebago.

Otto was a hard worker and loved his family. He often had secondary jobs to provide addition support for his family. After retiring from his job with the BIA in 1985, Otto began working at South Sioux Community Schools working with groundskeeping and filling in as a temporary custodian. He continued working in the schools until 2014 when he was 88 years old.

Otto enjoyed working in his yard and loved roses.

Otto is survived by his sons Jerome, Omaha, Nebraska; Rory (Mary), Gretna, Nebraska; grandchildren Alison (Steve), Andrea (Ryan), Evan (Cheryl), Valerie, Kathryn (David), and Meagan (Mark); greatgrandchildren Lauren, Sloane, Rachel, and Dexter; sisters Hilda (Joseph) Maichel and Cecilia Ranum: and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.-He was also a big brother to sisters-in-law Anna (Bob) Suker and Carol Slaughter.

He was preceded in death by his wife Rita, his parents, and brothers Nicholas, Adam, Anthony, and Leo Deichert.

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