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home : obituaries : obituaries September 14, 2014


1/29/2014 11:42:00 AM
Otis Sigler

Otis L. Sigler, 98, of Rice Lake and formerly of Cameron, passed away on Friday, January 24, 2013 at Our House Memory Care in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Otis was born on January 6, 1916 in Barron, Wisconsin, the son of William and Myrtle (Massie) Sigler.
Otis graduated from Barron High School in 1933. From 1936 until 1939 he lived with relatives in the Chehalis, Washington, area while working in the logging industry.
Upon returning to Wisconsin, he began farming on the home farm in the Town of Sioux Creek. On December 18, 1946 he married Hazel Clarissa Lowe in Cameron. Otis and Hazel continued to farm, milking a herd of registered Holsteins with the Shady-Corner prefix. During those years he was also a Pride Seed salesman and a member of Barron County Farm Bureau.
Due to health reasons, Otis sold his herd in 1970 and the farm in 1971. The family moved to Cameron. He spent nine years working for Koser Iron Works in Barron, retiring in 1980.
Otis loved baseball and softball both playing on teams in his youth and watching the games throughout his life.
As a young man, he enjoyed snow skiing and even a little ski-jumping. Over the years he pitched horseshoes on leagues and in tournaments, never missing an opportunity to spend a few hours fishing and he looked forward to deer season each year.
After he retired he was able to do some traveling, including visits to Hawaii, Alaska and the Panama Canal.
Before moving to Our House Memory Care in 2007, he was a faithful volunteer at Pioneer Village Museum. He loved helping with projects and talking with the visitors. He was especially fond of being there on the spring days when area elementary students came on their field trips. Otis was a lifelong member of the Advent Christian Church in Chetek, where he held various positions on the church board over the years.
Otis leaves behind to celebrate his memory his daughter, Elaine Molls, Cumberland; son-in-law, Roman Molls Jr., Almena; grandson, Michael Lee Molls, Cumberland; nieces, Carol Gehler, Barb Huset and Susan Reeves; and nephews, Doug Haugestuen and Bob Lowe. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Myrtle (Massie) Sigler; his wife, Hazel; brother, Neal Sigler; nephew, Don Lowe; a brother in infancy, Bennie; and a sister in infancy, Eva.
Funeral services for Otis will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Advent Christian Church in Chetek at 11:00 a.m. Otis' family will greet visitors on Friday, January 31, 2014 at Burnham-Ours-Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Chetek from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and then again the next morning at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. Otis will be laid to rest alongside his wife, Hazel, at Lake View Cemetery in Chetek in the spring.
Following the service please join the family for fellowship and lunch in the church basement. The Burnham-Ours-Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Chetek has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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