Troester, Otto 1895-1918
Posted By: S. Ferrall, IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 8/14/2015 at 21:25:23
The body of Private Otto Troester, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Troester, of Millville township, arrived here from England Saturday morning and was taken to the Wm. Bruening, Jr., home in this city, where funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon.
It was one of the most largely attended funerals ever held in this city, relatives and friends and world war veterans from far and near being in attendance. The body was laid to rest in the City Cemetery, where appropriate services were held, world war veterans also taking part in same. The sermon given by Rev. Welch was excellent and very fitting for the occasion. The choir and the Friedlein band also rendered several vocal and instrumental selections during the funeral services.
Private Otto Troester was born on August 28, 1895, in Millville township, Clayton County, Iowa, where he grew to manhood on a farm, and on October 2, 1918, he died in England of pneumonia, where he was in the service of his country. He was 23 years, 1 month and 4 days of age at the time of his death.
When the great war was on he responded to the call of his country, leaving Elkader on July 25, 1918 and going directly to Camp Gordon, Ga. He spent about six weeks in the training camp, when he was sent overseas.
The deceased was taken sick while on board the transport and was placed in a hospital immediately upon his arrival in England, which was about September 29, and where he passed away on October 2, 1918.
He gave his all, his life, for his country and will always be remembered and honored by all. He was a young hero who was held in high regard by all who knew him, and was a kind and true son, brother and friend.
Private Troester leaves to mourn his loss, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Troester, nine brothers, George, Fred, Gus, Louis, Henry, Herman, Earl, Alvin and Emil; two sisters, Louise and Ida, all of whom live in Jefferson township with the exception of his brother George who lives in Millville township; and many other relatives and friends.
Card of Thanks
We hereby wish to thank all neighbors and friends, who did so many kind acts for us during the burial of our beloved son and brother, private Otto Troester. We also wish to thank the American Legion, Rev. Welch, the choir, the Friedlein band, those who donated automobiles during the funeral and for the many beautiful floral contributions.
John Troester and family
~Guttenberg Press, Thursday, June 10, 1920
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