Otto Richard Groenewald Jr.

May 21, 1961 ~ July 20, 2022 (age 61)


Otto Richard Groenewald Jr., 61, of Burlington, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at the Big Hollow Recreation Area.

Born May 21, 1961, in Ottumwa, IA, he was the son of Otto Richard and Marcella  Groenewald. On March 3, 2001, he married Collette in Oakland Mills Campground in Henry County, where the couple served as campground hosts. 

He was a 1979 graduate of Burlington High School.

He was a US Army Veteran.

Otto was a retired Staff Rep for AFSCME. He and Collette were campground hosts at Big Hollow Recreation Area for many years, welcoming guests and assuring everyone had a great experience.

Otto was a rock hound. He enjoyed nature, camping, and especially loved sharing bad jokes on a daily basis. 

Survivors include his wife, Collette Groenewald; mother, Marcella Groenewald; daughter, Shayla Grobe of Morrison, IL; daughter, Cory Collins of Littlefield, TX; eight grandchildren; Hunter, Tea, Lyndsey, Katelyn, James, Jasper, Johnathon, and Jacob; three great grandchildren; Jaycee, Kinslee, and Laynie; one brother, David (Sherry) Groenewald of Burlington and several nieces and nephews.

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 1:00 PM at Big Hollow Campground, 152nd Avenue, Sperry, IA 52650. 

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Celebration of Life
July 30, 2022

1:00 PM
Big Hollow Recreation Area
18853 152nd Ave.
Sperry, IA 52650

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