Jerome Norval Otteson
August 7, 1926 - August 17, 2012
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Jerome Norval “Jerry” Otteson, age 86, passed away on Friday, August 17, 2012, at Cherry Meadows. He was born on August 7, 1926, in Starbuck, Minnesota, the son of the late Norval and Clara (Sandvig) Otteson. Jerry was united in to marriage Bernice Myhra in 1949; she preceded him in December of 1963. He then…

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Joseph Houge left a message on May 2, 2013:
i am still taking his advice. Thank you Mr Otteson
Larry and Jeanette Riechers left a message on August 28, 2012:
Jerry was a friend, a mentor and an inspiration. We loved his good humor and optimism. He was truly unforgettable.
Nancy Bethe left a message on August 26, 2012:
You don't know me, but I would like to extend my sympathy to you. In 1968, Mr. Otteson came to my home after seeing my engagement notice in the Post Crescent and I purchased a complete set of Cutco from him, which I still have to this day. He was such a nice man. I remember him well.
Ann Battison and Peter Cain left a message on August 21, 2012:
To all of Jerry's many friends and family members, we offer our most sincere condolences. As a friend of Toni, I had the good fortune to meet Jerry several times both in London, Ontario and in Appleton. He was a kind and very generous host and no one laughed harder than he did about the story of my bargain running shoes that were two different sizes. I know from Toni and from reading the comments here that he touched many lives in a profoundly positive way, and that is a great legacy for anyone to leave behind. He will live on in the memories of those who knew and loved him.
Linda Robbins left a message on August 21, 2012:
Dear Toni & family, Thinking of you during this difficult time. Please accept my sincere condolences..Linda.
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Louis ClarkIV left a message on August 21, 2012:
Like many, I came to know Mr. Otteson late in life through Rotary. He led by example and made time for others. He was truly a gentleman and a scholar. As one who read a piece or two he penned, I would be remiss if I failed to recognize his beautiful sense of humor. Mr. Otteson was one of a kind, and he will be missed by many.
Rev. Harvey Kandler left a message on August 20, 2012:
Dear family of Jerry: I'm a Kaukauna Rotarian and Jerry came to our club representing various aspects of Rotary. Every time that he was with us, he picked up the spirit of our meetings and when he spoke to us we knew that we could continue and we could get the job done. There were a few times when our small club was ready to hang it up, but Jerry said, Don't quit, and he handed out his cards to each of us showing this pelican being choked by the frog as he tried to eat it, with the poem on the back side, "Don't Quit". Jerry's life and witness was one of not quitting; and he can now be assured now that his perseverance in the faith and in the Lord of our faith will result in resurrection! So, family of Jerry, don't quit...believe to the end of your days, and live that belief like this patriarch of the family has done and inspired many others to do. For all the saints who from their labors rest, thanks be to God! Kaukauna Rotarian, The Rev. Harvey Kandler
Jerry Ellefson left a message on August 20, 2012:
Jerry Otteson will leave a big vacuum in our lives. Not only because he was such an uplifting spirit, or a happy Norwegian, or a legendary Cutco salesman. But as a good friend with whom we enjoyed many happy times. He and I enjoyed playing 500 as partners and was the best I ever knew. Because at one time we looked alike and had similar names we were sometimes mistaken for each other. Like the time I sang a solo in church and he was complimented and took the credit. He always laughed about that. I'll miss you Jerry
Don and Marte Muelrath left a message on August 20, 2012:
Remembering a great guy and many fond memories of times shared and lessons learned from him.
Bev & Rick Fenzl left a message on August 20, 2012:
It was a privilege to know Jerry and to learn from him. Of course, we loved everything about him, after all, he was Norwegian!
Glenn & Dixie Guthrie left a message on August 20, 2012:
We saw you at St. Paul's on the 11th in such good spirits & now you are making everyone in Heaven laughing at your one-liners!Hope you had a good flight there. We treasure your book & will miss our dear friend. We cannot attend your going away party, but will keep you in our prayers always. Much Love, Dixie & Glenn
John Whelpley left a message on August 20, 2012:
Jerry You brought a smile to the faces of possible a million people with your positive attitude and you humor. Thank you. You made me a better person for knowing you, and heaven just gained a new star. Good bye my friend until we meet again.
Mary Heinecke Poulson left a message on August 19, 2012:
I am saddened to learn of Jerry's death. But I am sure wherever he is he is smiling. My husband John and Jerry used to exchange jokes after the church service at Trinity and Jerry and I continued that tradition with less frequency and with emphasis on Norwegian jokes. I regret that I will be out of state and not able to attend the funeral service. Blessings on Jerry's family. Mary Heinecke Poulson
Scott Cameron left a message on August 18, 2012:
I have many great memories of Uncle Jerry. He was always the most fun guy in the room. He was warm, funny, and 100% authentic and one of a kind. We will miss him. Scott Cameron and Family
Cameron Wensel left a message on August 18, 2012:
Great Uncle Jerry will be missed by many! He always had a joke to liven up the party and made each of us feel special. Using my Cutco knives makes me think of him often. I will remember him best for pointing to his Cutco pin on his lapel and saying "this is my Cutco pin, isn't it sharp?" My love & thoughts go out to the girls. I wish we all lived closer so we could attend to share the memories. Love, Cam
Laney Luna left a message on August 18, 2012:
My Uncle Jerry made every family gathering more fun. He made me feel special and loved. I am so thankful for all the memories of great times shared with him. The "King of Norway" and then some!
Ken & Barb Kleczka left a message on August 18, 2012:
To Jerry's Family, You have our sympathy. Jerry was one terrific guy. He knows I considered him as a Father. I've known Jerry 1965. My whole family would visit him, my Mom, my daughters Kim and Kari. They have almost as much Cutco as I have, thanks to Jerry who first sold me Cutco in 1965 when I was in High School. He was always so kind and gentle and I'm glad Kenny and I got to visit him a few days before he had his operation. I warmed him up a can of Campbells's Chicken Noodle Soup and he ate most of it with crackers on a paper toweling as his place mat. Yes, I did the dishes for him too that night. I loved to bake him rhubarb pies and deliver them to Appleton to him. We are really going to miss him. I love Jerry just as I do my family. That was the last thing he said to me on the telephone when he asked me if I got my birthday card from him, of course it said I couldn't open it until Aug. 11th. He said "I love you and pray for me." Love ya, Barb & Ken Kleczka
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