Otto Willy Stricken

Galena Gazette
21 August 1952

Otto Willy, 72, a lifelong resident of Galena, who operated a blacksmith shop on Commerce street for many years, died suddenly Friday at 4:30 pm. while at work at the Dellabella Implement company on Main Street. Death was due to a heart attack.

Mr. Willy had been employed at the implement company for the last two years, since leaving his own business.

Funeral services were conducted at the Furlong Funeral Chapel Monday at 8:30 a.m and at St. Michael's church at 9 a.m. The Rev. Henry Morrissey conducted the Mass and the Rev. James Mulcaire of Hanover gave the sermon. Burial was in St. Michael's cemetery and casket bearers were Orrin M. Smith, A. W. Kuchemann, Arthur Dellabella, Ed Krogman, George Everet and Elmer Collins.

Mr. Willy was a blacksmith from the age of 14. He first worked in his father's shop, then after his father's death, operated the business alone.

He was born in Galena October 17, 1879 and lived here all his life. In 1908, he married the former Elizabeth McGough at St. Mary's church.

Mr. Willy was foreman of the Galena Fire Department's engine company No. 2 for many years and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society of St. Michael's.

Survivors, in addition to Mrs. Willy, are a son, Joseph; a brother, Edward; and a sister, Emma.

Submitted by Tim Doser