Otto E. Stoa born at Victor, Marshall County, N.D., October 27, 1891, was the youngest of seven children. His parents were zealous in giving him a Christian training. After his confirmation he went to college, two years at Austin, Minn,, one at Valparaiso, Ind. After his father’s death, in 1912 he was his mother’s main help. In 1915 he entered into marriage, Miss Petra Golie of this vicinity became his wedded wife. He rented his mother’s farm for two years. For some over half a year he had rented his father-in-law, Mr. A. E. Galies’ farm. Being summoned into service last July 22, he once respined to the call and departed that same day for Camp Dodge. After a few weeks he was promoted to take up higher form of work at Camp Grant, where he was taken suddenly ill and died last Sunday morning, September 29.
His mother, three brothers, three sisters, wife and child are here with us today, mourning his loss. May the good Lord comfort the bereaved family.
A tribute from the Red Cross nurses reads in part as follows: He was a fine man beloved by all his fellows and will missed by them. While he did not get to the front, his will was as fine as that of those who actually meet the enemy and the example of patriotism that he gave will put his name always on the roll of those who gave their all for their country. Camp Grant, Ill.