Memorial Services for Clifford O. Otterson, of Albert Lea, will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 20, at First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. The Reverend John Holt will officiate. Interment will be in East Freeborn Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be one hour before services at the church. Bonnerup Funeral Service is assisting the family. Military Honors will be accorded by Albert Lea Veteran's Organizations.
Clifford was born in Bath Township on January 24, 1934, the son of Omar and Sophie (Jacobson) Otterson. He grew up and attended school in New Richland, MN, and as a young man, farmed on the family farm. In 1952 Clifford moved to Albert Lea. He married his sweetheart, Margaret Sorenson on May 22, 1955, and to this union 3 children were born, Diane, Denise and Brian.
It was in these early years that he was proud to have built his own home, as well as two other homes and many other remodeling projects and additions for others. He was a skilled carpenter to say the least, all the while working full-time for Interstate Power Company. He served as operations manager of the gas department at Interstate before retiring in 1996 after 43 years. Clifford was a devoted member of First Lutheran Church serving on many committees and ushering for more than 40 years. Since 1972, he had been a proud member of the Sons of Norway and served in many capacities including President. Clifford had many interests and hobbies including word find, playing cards, and playing on his iPad. He liked to fish and hunt including family hunts at his brother Rolf’s cabin near Pine City. He was an avid bowler, enjoying league play in his early years. Clifford and Margaret enjoyed their trips and adventures together, including spending 22 winters in Arizona with sister Theresa and her husband Marlys and also their 3 trips to Norway to visit family. Clifford enjoyed camping and always provided his family with a summer vacation. Norway Beach on Cass Lake was his favorite and he also enjoyed the annual Jacobson reunion where he was able to visit with many relatives from the northern part of Minnesota.
Clifford always said he wanted to live in the home he built until he died. His wish was granted, as Clifford passed away at home on Friday, February 14. He was 86.
Clifford is survived by his wife Margaret, his daughters: Diane and husband Mark Sorenson of Hollandale, MN, Denise and friend John of Shieldsville, MN, son Brian and wife Jackie of Albert Lea; grandchildren: Michelle (Tom) Huffman of Clear Lake, MN, Tasha Otterson of Owatonna, MN, Cody (Tara) Otterson of Kansas City, MO, Brooke Otterson of Albert Lea; great grandchildren; Mathew Huffman, Emily Huffman, Landon Otterson, Everly Otterson; brothers: Dovain Otterson and special friend Darlene, Odean Otterson and wife Marge; sisters-in-laws and brothers-in-law Charlene Otterson, Ardene Otterson, Marlene Otterson, Donna Geuvara, Audrey Sorenson, Richard and Linda Sorenson, and Raymond and Glenda Olsen; many nieces, nephews and special relatives in Norway. He was preceded in death by his parents Omar and Sophie Otterson, brothers, Eugene Otterson, Raymond Otterson and his wife Bernice, Lloyd Otterson, Rolf Otterson, sister,Theresa Sorenson and her husband Marlys, and sister-in-law Lana Otterson.
Clifford was a gentle soul and a great husband and father to his family. God rest his soul!