Byhre, Jr., Otto Victor of Minneapolis and formerly of Edina, passed away Thursday, October 3, 2019. He was born on April 20, 1934, in Starbuck, Minnesota. Otto graduated from Starbuck High School, class of '52, and the University of Minnesota. He served in the Army Security Agency in Korea, where he met and facilitated the adoption of his future brother. Otto was preceded in death by parents, Otto V. Byhre, Sr. and Agnes Sandvig Byhre, former wife, Karen Mersky, sister Marvel Walmann, brother Taik (Tommy) Lee, and son-in-law, Dean Lumbar. Survived by sister, Mary Carlson, children: Teresa (Dave) Deming; Deborah Lumbar; Todd (Lisa Maraist) Byhre; Daniel (Katie Moriarty) Byhre; Aaron (Verity) Byhre; grandchildren: Arianna, Aliza, David, and Kelia Deming; T.C., Matt and Luke Lumbar; Brandon, Nolan, Tatum, and Emma Byhre; Ella Byhre; Natalie and Sebastian Byhre. Otto had a multi-faceted career with numerous companies, including: Kodak, Cargill, Honeywell, First Bank System, Greater Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, State of Minnesota and Dougherty, Dawkins, Strand and Yost. He started his own company, Capital Decisions, Inc. in 1984 and spent the next 25 years focusing on public and private financings, including the Minneapolis Heart Institute Building, Seed Academy/Harvest Preparatory School, Minnesota Timberwolves, and the City of Minneapolis, in addition to providing financial consulting to Living Word Church. Otto's interests included a steadfast love of everything grammatically correct, family history, photography, politics, and creative writing he loved his Split Rock Writing workshops. He was significantly involved in community service, elective and appointive bodies, including: Minneapolis Urban Coalition, TCOIC, Edina ABC (A Better Chance), Edina School Board, Minneapolis Debt Advisory Committee, Edina Human Relations Commission, Pathways, Walker West Music Academy, African American Adoption Agency, Plymouth Church Board of Deacons & Adult Education Chair, and the Institute for New Americans Board. Otto was steadfastly devoted to human rights. As a type 1 Diabetic, Otto appreciated meeting Dr. Charles Best, a co- discoverer of insulin. Otto was initially given a life expectancy of 62 years. We are so grateful we were given those extra 23 years. A common sentiment shared about our dad has been his quick wit, kind and gentle spirit, and desire to make connections. Otto deeply loved and took great pride in his family. He enjoyed telling others that he had fourteen grandchildren. We loved our dad and Poppy dearly and will miss him greatly. A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 18th at 1:00 pm at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis. A reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Southern Poverty Law Center and The Advocates for Human Rights.
Otto Victor Byhre, Jr.
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