Bernard J. “Bernie” Ottensmeier

Bernard J. “Bernie” Ottensmeier, 73, of Aviston, died Monday, June 9, 2014 at Breese Nursing Home in Breese, IL.  He was born December 24, 1940 in St. Rose, IL, son of Ben and Alvina (Poettker) Ottensmeier.

Bernie is survived by his siblings, Bernice (Wib) Kampwerth of Bartelso, IL, Norb (Dee) Ottensmeier of Breese, IL, Gene Ottensmeier of Trenton, IL, Mary Lou (Hank) Feldmann of Aviston, IL, Jim Ottensmeier of Trenton, IL, Pat Ottensmeier of Kennesaw, GA, and Charlene (Rich) Hesker of Mascoutah, IL; a sister-in-law, Rita Ottensmeier of Trenton, IL; a brother-in-law, Mike Kirkland of Alabaster, AL; and he is also survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, and his many friends.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Marcellus Ottensmeier; a sister, Dot Kirkland; and a sister-in-law, Paula Ottensmeier.

Bernie was a dairy farmer at heart. He was considered an expert in Holstein pedigrees and breeding to improve milk production. His herd won numerous awards at cattle shows and fairs. After selling his herd, he worked countless hours as a farm hand for many local dairy farmers. No matter the circumstance, Bernie was dedicated to his job rarely missing a shift; truly someone who you could count on…Loved those cows. Anyone who met Bernie felt his warmth and there was not a stranger that he did not meet. Bernie loved softball, spending much time both playing and coaching. He enjoyed listening to local music talent and if you were lucky enough to get asked, he would twirl you around the dance floor. He also enjoyed playing cards and visiting the local eateries around the county and formed lasting friendships.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Trenton, IL with Rev. Joe Rascher officiating.  Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Trenton, IL.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, June 16, 2014 at Hempen Funeral Home in Aviston, IL, and from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Trenton, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Clinton County Relay For Life or to the Donor’s Choice and will be received at the funeral home and church.