Otis Milton Pieratt

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Services for Otis Milton Pieratt, 98, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 5, 2008, at Martin-Mattice Funeral Home of Emmetsburg. Gwenna Appel will officiate the service.

Visitation will be Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg.

Otis passed away on Thursday, March 27, 2008, in Mountain Grove, Mo.

Otis Milton Pieratt, son of Columbus "Lum" and Emma (Perry) Pieratt, was born January 6, 1910, in Hindsboro, Ill. He moved with his parents to Laurens, in early childhood. He received his education in country schools in Palo Alto County and then Laurens High School.

In 1936 Otis was united in marriage to Helen Ruth Drown at the Drown residence near Curlew. To this union two children were born. Otis and Helen farmed in Palo Alto and Pocahontas Counties for many years retiring from the farm in Booth Township in 1977. In 1985 they moved to Emmetsburg.

After Helen's death Otis was married to Vyonne Clark Backstrom in 2000 and they made their home in Spencer.

Otis was a past member of the Prairie View Church near Curlew, the Christian Church in Laurens and the First United Methodist Church in Emmetsburg. He was currently a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer.

He was also a member of the Palo Alto County Farm Bureau and the Canter Club. Otis enjoyed horses.

Otis moved to Missouri to be close to his daughter in 2006.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wives: Helen and Vyonne; two brothers: Ray and Junior Pieratt; and a sister, Mildred Alborn.

Otis is survived by his children, William Pieratt of Prineville, Ore., and Carolyn Schrock of Mountain Grove, Mo.; his stepchildren: Marilyn Moor of Spencer, Carol Hurley of Curlew, Jerry Backstrom of Spirit Lake, and Shirley Eriksen of Webb; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a sister, Mavis Wunder of Laurens.

Arrangements are being handled by Martin-Mattice Funeral Home.