Our sympathies go out to anyone who has the additional burden of grief and loss during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are here to guide every family with their particular needs on an individual basis. Assisting you is our privilege and honor as funeral directors. You can be sure that we are here for you with uninterrupted service and attention, regardless of the cause of death, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Through the COVID-19 pandemic, we will work with bereaved families to create meaningful services that fall within the Iowa Governor’s State Public Health Disaster Emergency.
Please know that above all, we are committed to the families we serve. We remain focused on maintaining high standards and ethical practices as we serve the dead and bereaved with the health and well-being of our communities in mind as we move forward together in the coming weeks and months.
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home was established in 1943 when, upon the untimely death of Mr. A.G. Neal, Arlin Otteman of Sac City and Charles L. Farber of Lake City, purchased Mr. Neal's business.
In 1954, Mr. Farber and Mr. Otteman realized they could offer more efficient service with up-to-date equipment by serving several locations and utilizing the equipment between the various funeral homes. In addition to the original Sac City location, Farber & Otteman Funeral Homes were then established in Schaller, Storm Lake, Lake View, Newell and Wall Lake with the Odebolt location following in 1965.
When Mr. Farber retired in 1965, Mr. and Mrs. Otteman purchased his interest and operated the funeral homes for many years. In 1980 a corporation was set up which included Arlin E. Otteman as President; J. Richard Seger, Vice President; Roderick G. Sorensen, Secretary; and Ronald J. Nelson, Treasurer. All four owners of the corporation operated the funeral homes.