Originally from Switzerland, Otto made America his home. The youngest of twelve children, he was born in Morschwill, Switzerland. He married Frieda in 1959, in Perth, Ontario, Canada and they came to the United States in 1962. In 1966, he established the Schmuki Dairy Farm which has been a successful family business for over 55 years. In 1991, he won the Ohio Conservation Award for his farm. He was a member of the Stark County Farm Bureau. The Bureau honored him in 2017 with the Distinguished Service Award. His passion was raising his beef herd and working on forestry projects. The family will be holding a private ceremony.