Walter W. Otterson, age 80, formerly of Kindred, ND died Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at Innovis Hospital, Fargo, ND.

Walter was born on December 18, 1929 in Section 2 of Barrie Township, in rural Kindred, ND to Julius and Theoline Otterson.  He was baptized and confirmed at Kindred Lutheran Church where he was a member until his death. 

In 1948 Walter graduated from Kindred High School and went on to attend Wahpeton Science School.  He served our country in the US Army during the Korean Conflict from 1953-1955.  He married Lila Mae Bogart of rural Milnor, ND on June 21, 1959.  Walter and Lila Mae made their home on the Otterson homestead where farming and raising cattle was his livelihood.  He worked at Kindred True Value from 1980-1988.  Walter served for many years as Treasurer of Barrie Township and was on the board at Kindred Lutheran Church.  Walter married Avis Nelson November 25, 1994 and moved to Fargo, ND.

Walter is survived by: wife, Avis, three children: Carol Dellinger, Dallas, TX, Ruth Ann Pederson (James), Inver Grove Heights, MN,  David (Sheila) Otterson, Blooming Prairie, MN, 6 grandchildren: Blake Dellinger, Dallas, TX, Jennifer Pederson, Daniel Pederson, Inver Grove Heights, MN, Brooke Otterson, Marie Otterson, Trevor Otterson, Blooming Prairie, MN. Step-children; Keith Nelson (Bonnie), Kindred, ND, Kreig Nelson, Fargo, ND, Dale Nelson (Marilyn), Wahpeton, ND, Chad Nelson (Susan), Fargo, ND and Dawn Helle (Steve), Waconia, MN, 6 step grandchildren and 6 step great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by his wife Lila Mae Otterson, parents Julius and Theoline Otterson, and brother Arnold Otterson.

Memorials preferred to the Kindred Lutheran Church, Kindred, ND

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  1. Chandler ArizonaWally was a fine person. Both of us had his and Lila Mae’s children in school as students. A great family! May God give you all peace knowing Wally is in God’s hands.

  2. Coon Rapids MN
    Dave, Sheila, my sincere condolences. I know how difficult this must be, and few sons are as close to their father as you have been. I am so very sorry I cannot be there for the memorial, too far and I have a family commitment or I would.

  3. Naperville ILRuth Ann – Gloria and I send are heartfelt condolences to you and the family at this difficult time. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Ruth Ann and the entire Otterson Family,
    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. We hope your memories will bring you comfort during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  5. Buxton ND
    Carol, Ruth and David,
    We were sadden to hear the passing of your dear father Wally. He was such a devoted father, grandpa and dear friend to so many people. Now, your Dad can rest in peace and knowing that your Mom Lila Mae was there to help him through the journey is comforting. He will be well missed and known for his big, warm smile. Our prayers are with you and sorry we cannot be there to console you but know that we are praying for you.

    Nancy,Robyn and Michaela Nettum

  6. Westfield Center OHDavid – we are all so saddened to hear about the passing of your Dad. Without even ever meeting him – I know that he was a wonderful compassionate person, because you are a reflection of your Father. He was a very special person – being a farmer and serving in WWII – reminded me of my own father. – a WWII vet and farmer raising Black Angus. It’s a difficult time for you and your family but I know that the sun will shine again and you’ll have lots of rainbow memories. You are loved and hold a warm spot in many of our hearts. God Bless You All – Deej.

  7. Medina OHTo the Otterson Family, We are sorry to hear of Mr. Otterson’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. One of our most precious blessings in life is the relationship we have with our parents and we know the pain you are feeling over your father’s loss. But please remember that he will always be with you in spirit, in many precious memories, and in God’s safe keeping until you meet again in Heaven.

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