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Otto Clarence Tofte, 80, of Sykeston, was called home on November 2nd, 2019 at St. Alexius hospital in Carrington, ND.

Otto was born on August 9th, 1939 in Grand Forks, ND to Clara (Moldeseter) and Ingvald Tofte. Otto grew up in Grand Forks, ND attending Central High School and then the ND State School of Science to become an electrician.

He worked as a mechanic performing auto repair as well as bodywork and made eyeglasses for a time.  In 1961, Otto joined the Army Reserve where he trained to become a medic achieving the rank of Sergeant. Most of his career was spent repairing surveying instruments and various office equipment. He married Patricia Neumiller on January 11, 1969 in Sykeston, ND. They started their life together in Fargo, ND, where they had seven kids.  In 2002, Otto and Patricia moved back to Patricia’s hometown in Sykeston, ND.  He continued working at Bremer Bank in Carrington, a job he truly enjoyed.

Otto loved building things. He built his lake cabin (along with his father) and he and his wife’s home south of Fargo. He also loved fixing things, often bringing home soon-to-be treasures he picked up from basically anywhere. He spent a great deal of time enjoying a variety of interests with his wife, children and grandchildren including camping, road trips and lake cabin visits. His favorite hobby by far was trains. His love of trains started when he was a kid and grew to a point where he built his own small scale train driving it every summer in Itasca, MN for almost 20 years. You would invariably find him with a camera in his hand and a photo album in the other, so he could capture new special moments with family and friends while being able to show you all the others he enjoyed.

Otto is survived by his wife, Patricia (Neumiller) Tofte, his children Jason Tofte, Jennifer (Eric) Garland, Sara (Jason) Anderson. His seven grandchildren, Emma, Paige, Kayli, Olivia, Claire, Ashtyn and Amelia. His two brothers, Lloyd (Esther) Tofte and John (Mary) Tofte and his beloved dog, Holly.

Otto was preceded in death by his parents and his four children.

Visitation will be Thursday, 12:00PM-2:00PM at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington.

Funeral Service will be held Thursday, November 7, 2019, 2:00PM at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington.


Posted Condolences:


  1. Otto I am talking to you, we have been best friends and we worked together side by side for almost sixty years. Otto, you and I solved a lot of world problems over coffee and I will really miss you. Some day we will have coffee together again. Your friend, Don.

  2. Pat and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May you be comforted as your friends surround you in thought and prayer.

  3. Otto my old friend, I will miss you

  4. My sympathies to the entire family for your loss. I am grateful for the days when my office was at the WDAY building and we often took coffee breaks together when we worked evenings. We shared some good laughs as he told stories about growing up with his brothers (3 brothers = trouble), one of which (Lloyd) is my brother-in-law. His storytelling manner reminded me so much of listening to his mother, Clara, whom I enjoyed dearly.

  5. Dear Tofte Family,

    We are deeply saddened by the loss that your family has encountered. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. We feel honored and blessed to have known Otto. He was truly a blessing to his family and friends. We wish you comfort and peace of mind as we continue to pray for you.

  6. I have so many wonderful memories growing up with Jenny. Otto and Pat were my other set of parents. They always welcomed me into their home like I was one of the kids. This is such an incredible loss, I don’t have words to describe. He was loved by me. Sending my deepest love and sympathy to the entire family and friends. You will forever be in my heart.

  7. The Metoyer Family offers our deepest condolences and prayers to the family during this difficult time. We met Mr. Otto a fews years back. He always had a warm greeting for my wife and me. Rest in peace Mr. Otto

  8. Pat and family – so sorry to hear of your loss of Otto. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

  9. Otto was one of the truly good guys I worked with over the years. He came to work every day, did his job very well and took care of the customers. He also did a lot of the extra things around the building. Drank a lot of coffee in their shop over the years, those were good times. So glad I was able to see him at his 80th BD not long ago. We lost a good one.

  10. Pat and family sorry for your loss. Prayers to you all.

  11. Pat Jason Jen and Sara. We are so saddened by the loss of our dear friend Otto. I was just going through picture albums and so enjoyed our vacations together. Even though you moved away, you were the friends we have always been able to count on. We love you all and hope you find strength in God’s love. Rest In Peace Otto! Our dearest friend.

  12. So sad to hear this, I miss you my friend, we sure had lots of giggles, I will be thinking of you and your family my blessings and prayers forever, forever your buddy Sheila ❤️❤️❤️

  13. Pat…my heartfelt condolences to you and your family on Otto’s passing. Those days of the guys working together is long past but I always remember Bob speaking so highly of Otto’s ingenuity, dry humor, and dedication. I also remember you so well from those christmas parties of yesteryear. It’s been 8 years now that Bob has been gone and I can’t tell you it gets easier as the years pass and your life’s partner is no longer there for you, but kids and grandchildren help ease some of that. Again, I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless you and your family.

  14. Pat,
    I am so sorry to hear about your husband! Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Thinking about you and praying for the comfort and peace that only God can give. Take care dear friend.

  15. Pat and family–So sorry to read about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  16. Cousin Pat and family,

    I am sorry for your loss. I had a nice visit with Otto, on the Lake Hiawatha bridge, last August. He lived an interesting life, and the two of you created a wonderful family together. May God Bless you and your family.

    Love, Dean and Cheryl

  17. Paige Jennifer & Eric,

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are thinking of you at this difficult time.

  18. Don Josund. Houston Engineering Retired.Chieif Surveyor… you fixed me out out a lot of problems. That’s why I got to retire! Thanks! Lauryl, co-worker, of Otto, Don Josund’s wife… it took a while but you let me scavenge stuff from your shop so I could fix stuff, as long as I left your Tools alone ! Don Olson can vouch for me! Thanks for lessons learned!

  19. Pat and family we are so sorry and shocked to hear that of Otto’s passing. I really appreciated getting to visit with Otto a short time ago. He was a very special person . He will be missed but also fondly remembered. Our thoughts and prayers for your family.

  20. Jenn, Eric & Paige,

    The Wilson Family offers our condolences and prayers during this extremely difficult time. We enjoyed seeing them on their walks when they came down and I was always amazed at all the things your Dad could do.

    Rest in peace Mr. Otto

  21. Pat.

    So sorry to hear about Otto. He was one of the good guys! I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Take care!


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