Joshua Paul Ottman, 36, of Oronoco, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, June 30, 2012, from complications of Type 1 Diabetes.
Joshua was born Sept. 7, 1975, in Rochester, to John and Mary (Walker) Ottman. Joshua worked with his brother at Ottman Excavating, Inc.
He loved to be outdoors, hunting morel mushrooms in the spring, fishing and hunting, and enjoyed riding and racing ATVs. He was a true kid at heart and enjoyed having fun. His smile would brighten even the worst of days. He took life as it came to him with a positive attitude and a bright smile. He was a hard worker and was always there to help.
He loved animals — especially his longtime canine companion, Frisbee, who was usually at his side.
He lived his short life to the fullest, always caring for others with kindness in a true spirit of happiness.
Joshua is survived by his father, John Ottman of Rochester; his mother, Mary Ottman of Oronoco; his brother, Jason (Sara) Ottman of Rochester; his sister, Jennifer (Brad) Murphy of St. Charles; his three nephews, Jack, Jonah and Westin; as well as both grandmothers, Wilma Walker of Rochester and Jeanne Bergan of Wabasha.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, at Pax Christi Catholic Church, 4135 18th Ave. N.W. in Rochester. Burial will follow in Oronoco Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, July 2, at Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Homes, and one hour prior to services at the church.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N.W., Rochester, MN 55901. (507) 289-3600 www.ranfranzandvinefh.com