Goshen News, Goshen, IN


January 29, 2014

Robert Wisseman Otto

BRUSSELS, Belgium — Robert Wisseman Otto, born July 19, 1935 in Grantsville, Md., deceased Dec. 31, 2013 in Brussels, Belgium.

He graduated in 1957 from Goshen College in Indiana with a degree in music and from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind., with a degree in theology in 1960.

In 1957, he married Wilda Cender. For five years he pastored at Oak Grove Mennonite Church in Smithville, Ohio, where their three children were born.

In 1965, Robert and Wilda were sent by Mennonite Mission Network first as missionaries, then served as “tentmakers” in Brussels. In 1967, Robert became pastor of the Brussels-East Church, where he served until 2007.

During his ministry he directed an International Student Home, taught Protestant Religion at secondary schools, served as hospital chaplain, and was member of several non-profit organizations including Brussels Mennonite Center, Bureau of Protestant Missions, Belgian Bible Society and the Protestant Social Center. Robert also sang with the Royal Protestant Chorale.

He leaves behind his wife Wilda; their three children, Michael of Odense, Denmark, Peter of Gland, Switzerland, and Laurie of Hostebro, Denmark; and 12 grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for April 16 at Springs Mennonite Church in Pennsylvania, followed by a burial of ashes at Springs’ cemetery.

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