Ernest Henry Otterpohl


August 4, 1933 - October 11, 2016


Ernest Henry Otterpohl was born August 4, 1933 on the family farm near Gann Valley, SD to Henry and Agnes (Larson) Otterpohl. He was baptized at Kimball Lutheran Church. He attended Victory Buffalo School and Peishing West Winge School through the eighth grade.


As a young man, Ernie worked on the family farm. Later, Ernie worked in construction on Big Ben Dam in Chamberlain, SD and he helped build Interstate 90. He drove semi truck and mail truck. 


Ernie enjoyed volunteering at the church. He helped Pastor Berggren by mowing the lawn for the church. He also mowed and cared for the Norwegian Free Lutheran Cemetery in Pukwana. While Ernie was driving the mail truck near Sioux City, Iowa, he met Linda Benson while she was working at her family’s restaurant. They were married on June 29, 1979, at New Home Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Ernie and Linda lived in Davison County throughout their 37+ years of marriage. 


When they moved back to Mitchell, Ernie worked as a mechanic and attendant at several gas stations until retiring in 1985. 


Ernie is survived by his wife of 37 years, Linda Otterpohl, and daughter, Emma Otterpohl; two sisters: Adelaide Maiden and Ramona Wendelboe; and many nieces and nephews. 


He is preceded in death by his son, Thomas; parents, sister, Lois Sweet; nephew, Calvin P. Sweet; nephews-in-law, David Wendelboe and David McBrayer.


Friday, October 14, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, October 15, 2016
11:00 AM
Zion Lutheran Church
620 East 3rd Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Norwegian Lutheran Cemetery
Pukwana, South Dakota

Posted by Betty North on October 17, 2016
God be with U all
Posted by Bethany Wendelboe on October 16, 2016
What a wonderful man and uncle, he was loved and will be missed by so many! Love and prayers to Linda and Emma. I will miss him calling me "Beth-Honey"...
Posted by Rachel Soulek on October 15, 2016
Ernie never had a negative thing to say! I was very sorry to hear this disheartening news. Linda & Emma-you're in my thoughts.
Posted by Vern, Dawn, Bree, and Matt Schrader on October 14, 2016
Thoughts & Prayers are with you in this very difficult time.
Posted by Rocky Von Eye on October 14, 2016
Praying for Linda and Emma. God grant these two wonderful ladies peace and strength.
Posted by Orville Sweet on October 14, 2016
I am going to miss him very much.
Posted by Charolette Suess on October 13, 2016
I will always love you Uncle Ernie. You were a very special man and a great Godfathers. We will be deeply missed.
Posted by Kris Borah on October 13, 2016
Love and prayers for strength. See Friday.
Posted by Linda McBrayer on October 13, 2016
Posted by Vicki Johnson on October 13, 2016
Prayers go your way
Posted by Betty keegan on October 13, 2016
So sorry prayers go your way
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