William Otterson

William Peter Otterson, 75, passed away at Astoria Health and Rehabilitation Center, Winter Haven, Fl on June 1, 2017. 

We have lost a wonderful, caring man who was released from a prolonged period of declining health. All who knew him rejoice in the memories and grieve in the loss of this “one of a kind” gift to us. He spent a good share of his life working with volunteers, something that was near and dear to his heart. In everything he did, the drive to improve the lives of others was paramount. He was fiercely loyal to the Green Bay Packers, loved to travel, and was always primed with a good joke, a ready smile, and a hearty laugh.

He was born January 11, 1942 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, graduating from Memorial High School in 1960. He worked for First Wisconsin Bank from 1960-71, and First Federal Savings and Loan from 1971-1979. From 1979-1984, he worked for the American Lutheran Church Northern Wisconsin District as Stewardship Director, also working from time to time with the National Office. In 1984, he was recruited by Aid Association for Lutherans to work with volunteers, which meant a move to Columbus, OH, and another move to Maumee, OH in 1987. From 1990-2002, he worked with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as a Resident Stewardship Program Director, retiring in 2002. For the last ten years before moving to Florida, he was a courier for Signature Bank, Toledo, OH.

He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-five years, Sally Roth Otterson; his children Mark (Karen Holewinski) Branford, CT; Peter (Keri Singstock) Burnsville, MN, Craig (Missy Falk) Helena, OH; Amy Picar (William) Davenport, FL and his seven grandchildren: Preston, Jake, Mackenzie, Madison, Jack, Owen and Oliver. His parents, Clarence and Mirelda Otterson, and his sister, Barbara Rosentreter, preceded him in death.

He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and later Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, and in Toledo, he was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and Holy Trinity Lutheran. He was blessed by Christ; his first person portrayals of the Apostle Paul transported you to the first century and stirred the spirit in all who witnessed his faith in our Lord and Saviour.

A service celebrating Bill’s life will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 30, at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1120 Cedar St., Eau Claire. Reverend Josh Toufar and Reverend Jim Page will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. The family asks those gathered to wear their Packer attire as a testament to Bill’s great pride in the Packers!

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