Dale was born to Harry and Arlene (Lichtenberg) Otto on May 26, 1939 in Cherokee. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Galva. Dale graduated from Galva Community School in 1957 and helped his father farm the family farm. In addition to farming, Dale worked at Hy-Grade and drove truck for Christensen Brothers, Inc. until he retired in 2001.
Dale married Karen Anne Krick on Oct. 25, 1959. That union was blessed with four children, Traci, Brian, Jamie, and Daniel.
Dale later married Marcia Kelly Oct. 21, 1978 in Storm Lake.
Dale loved nature, wildlife, and restoring Ford tractors. He was an avid fisherman and hunter in his younger years. During his later years, he enjoyed sitting on his porch watching boaters, fisherman and wildlife; and spending time at the family farm pond having "weenie roasts".
Survivors include his wife, Marcia of Storm Lake; his children, Traci Billings of Bellevue, Neb., Brian Otto and significant other Brenda Blum of Schleswig, Jamie (Shelley) Otto of Bellevue, Neb., and Dan Otto of Meriden; step-children Kevin Kelly of Storm Lake, Shannon (Michele) Kelly of Storm Lake, Kitty (Randy) Kelly-Gronenthal of Platte Center, Neb., Pat Kelly of New Orleans, La., and Mike (Diane) Kelly of Sioux City; his sister, Marlene Otto of Des Moines; 27 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two aunts, numerous friends and a very special nursing staff.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Arlene, and his step-father Marvin Hunt.