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Otto Paul Giese


Otto Paul Giese, 86, of Marion, passed away Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids. The family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the funeral home, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Jerry Springston. Burial will follow at Linwood Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.
Otto was born July 3, 1931, in Marengo, Iowa, the son of Otto W. and Bertha (Driller) Giese. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. On June 14, 1974, he was united in marriage to Betty Jean Kroeger; she preceded him in death in 1998. On July 7, 2001, in Anamosa, he married Barbara Gene (Rask) Kryger. Otto was last employed in the parts department at First Avenue Chrysler. He enjoyed gambling, going to the casinos and scratch-off tickets. Otto also enjoyed having a couple of beers with his buddies. He loved spending time with his family, and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Kryger-Giese of Marion; children, Richard (Shana) Giese and William Giese, both of Cedar Rapids, Kim (Kimberly) Cavros of Evans, Ga., Pam (Charlie) Brown of Marion, Cliff Kryger of Central City, Kelly (Lisa) Kryger of Washington Court House, Ohio, and Paul (LaNae) Cavros of Sioux Falls, S.D.; sister, Betty Schmidt of Daytona Beach, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren, with one more on the way; and his beloved cat, "Babe."
Otto was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; three sisters; daughter, Latricia; and first wife, Betty.
Memorials may be directed to the family in Otto's memory.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff at UnityPoint Hospice, especially Robin and Becky for the care and support they gave Otto during his final days.
Please share a memory of Otto at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.