Wayne A. Ottman age 86 of Menomonie, formerly of Elmwood, passed away on Thursday November 19, 2020 at The Neighbors of Dunn County.
Wayne was born August 1, 1934 in Red Wing, MN. He was the son of Vernon and Helen (Bartlett) Ottman and grew up in the Ellsworth area before moving to Elmwood just before High School and graduating from Elmwood High School 1952. Wayne served in the U.S. Air Force and then in the Air Force reserves serving a total of 8 years and was honorably discharged. While in the Air Force he was a lifeguard at the Pensacola beach in the Gulf of Mexico… ( Wayne proudly told others that he was a "pilot" in the Air Force… he would then follow up saying " they would tell me to pile it here and pile it over there and he did it!)
Wayne married Ellen Wohler in 1960 and they later divorced. Wayne later married Faye (Turner) Loop in August of 1969. Wayne and Faye made their home in the Township of Spring Lake, on Cady Creek where they enjoyed the country life. Wayne worked at The Creamery in Elmwood and later drove semi and hauled milk for Mid America Dairymen in Baldwin until he retired.
Wayne enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, gardening, and woodworking and spending time with family and friends, having a few beers and telling a lot of jokes. His motto was, “laughter is the best medicine” in which he carried with him every day of his life… His Children and Grandchildren will always cherish the memories of the many Christmas Eve's at their home, full of love, laughter, dancing and his unforgettable Oyster Stew!
Wayne is survived by his daughters, Mandy (Russ) Phillips of Menomonie, Grandchildren Marisa, Rocky, Renae, Rusty and Rhonda. Sandy Ottman of Cameron, Grandson Robby, Sons, Bradley Ottman of Durand and Larry (Brenda) Loop, of Chippewa Falls; Granddaughter Brenda, Grandsons (Carol) Aaron, Eric, and Dustin, Granddaughters Nicole, Jennifer, , Mikayla and Breanna. Granddaughter (Peggy) Jean, and Grandsons Mark, Shaun and Harley. Several great grandchildren and one great-great grandson; two sisters, LaRita Williams of Chippewa Falls, Dorothy (Eldon) Woods of Cottage Grove, MN; Brother and Sister in law, Warren and Daisy Turner, Sister in laws Betty Turner and Karen Turner, and several Nieces, Nephews and a special cousin, Lin (Arby) Linder.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Faye in 2006, his daughters, Carol Trainor and Peggy Loop, Several dear brother in laws and sister in laws that he was very close to.
Due to Covid 19, services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and may be sent to his daughter, Mandy Phillips
N7905 551st Street. Menomonie, WI 54751