Jerome Norval Otteson

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“i am still taking his advice. Thank you Mr Otteson ”
1 of 17 | Posted by: Joseph Houge - greenwood village, CO

“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...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Nancy Bethe - Appleton, WI

“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...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Cameron Wensel - Anaheim, CA

“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...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Rev. Harvey Kandler - Kaukauna, WI

“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. ...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Scott Cameron - Whangarei

“Dear Toni & family, Thinking of you during this difficult time. Please accept my sincere condolences..Linda. ”
6 of 17 | Posted by: Linda Robbins - London

“Jerry was a friend, a mentor and an inspiration. We loved his good humor and optimism. He was truly unforgettable. ”
7 of 17 | Posted by: Larry and Jeanette Riechers - WI

“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...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Louis ClarkIV - Eagan, MN

“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...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Ann Battison and Peter Cain

“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...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: John Whelpley - Olean, NY

“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...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Jerry Ellefson - Hudson, WI

“It was a privilege to know Jerry and to learn from him. Of course, we loved everything about him, after all, he was Norwegian! ”
12 of 17 | Posted by: Bev & Rick Fenzl - Lexington, KY

“Remembering a great guy and many fond memories of times shared and lessons learned from him. ”
13 of 17 | Posted by: Don and Marte Muelrath - Napa, CA

“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...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Glenn & Dixie Guthrie - Asheville, NC

“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...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Mary Heinecke Poulson - Appleton, WI

“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...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Laney Luna - Belton, TX

“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...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Ken & Barb Kleczka - WI

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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 was married to Donna Cameron on April 3, 1965, in West Fargo, North Dakota. Jerry worked for Cutco Cutlery for over 60 years, hosting one of his last sales just weeks ago. He was a sales representative doing door to door sales, moving up to division manager and motivational speaker for the company. Jerry was a member of Rotary for 28 years, on the board of directors of Villa Phoenix for 13 years, a member of Sons of Norway, and very active for many years at Trinity Lutheran Church where he was a member on several boards. Jerry was once named the Monopoly game Champion of Wisconsin. His real passion was traveling the world; it was a great hobby of his, visiting different countries.
Jerry is survived by seven daughters, Debby Mark Rehak Otteson, Redgranite, Heidi Kenneth Kalz O'Brien, Port Clinton, OH, Becky Van Gompel, Little Chute, Lori Quistad, Satellite Beach, Fla., Toni Robin Pitman, London, Ontario, Canada, Stacey Otteson, Appleton, and Patti Jo David Walter, Two Rivers; there are 12 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, one sister, Doris Bakken, Minnesota, further survived by nieces, nephews and dear friends. Jerry was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice and his wife Donna, infant daughter Laurel, son-in-law, Bruce Quistad, infant grandson, Chase Weiland, and one infant brother.
Memorial services for Jerry will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 21, 2012, at Appleton Alliance Church, 2693 West Grand Chute Blvd, with Rev. Dennis Episcopo officiating. Friends and family may call on Monday, August 20, 2012, at Wichmann Funeral Home, 537 North Superior Street, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. A memorial is being established.
Online condolences may be expressed at
The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of Jerry's dear friends who supported Jerry over the past few months. Thank you to the staff at St. paul's Home in Kaukauna, the ICU nurses at Appleton Medical Center and all the staff at Cherry Meadows. Your wonderful care, comfort, and support will never be forgotten.

Wichmann Funeral Homes
537 North Superior St

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