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Olaf Otteson Nov. 30, 1916 - June 24, 2011

BELGRADE -- Olaf E. Otteson (Ole), 94, of Belgrade, died Friday at Belgrade Nursing Home.

The service is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Crow River Lutheran Church in rural Belgrade.

Burial will be at the church cemetery.

Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Johnson Funeral Home in Belgrade and continues for one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church.

Olaf Edward Otteson (Ole) was born Nov. 30, 1916, in Burbank Township, the son of Anfin and Bertha (Hanson) Otteson. He grew up on the family farm in Colfax Township, and graduated from a country school near his home. His dad died when Olaf was young, and he took over the farm with his brothers on the original Hanson homestead.

On May 12, 1956, Olaf was united in marriage to Edith (Hookom) Hanson. They purchased a farm near his family home and continued to work with his brothers until his retirement in 1998. In 1999 he moved to an apartment in Belgrade, where they lived until it was necessary to move into the nursing home.

Olaf was a member of Crow River Lutheran Church. He was a past president, trustee, and deacon there and a head usher for many years. Olaf was also the chairman of the Colfax Township Board for 24 years. In Olaf's younger years he was a very good baseball player, bowler and he loved to throw horseshoes.

Olaf will be remembered for his knowledge of cattle: it was unsurpassed. His favorite card game was euchre, and he was a good player. He liked to keep the game moving, so if he tapped his finger on the table, it meant you should hurry and bid your hand. Like a good Norwegian, he loved his coffee. He spent many happy hours just visiting with family and friends over a cup of coffee. Some of his most precious time was spent watching his grandchildren grow; he said no money could ever replace their value to him.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Edith; son Glenn (Vicki) Otteson of Belgrade; stepson, Gary Hanson (Georgia Martinson) of Brooten; six grandchildren;10 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Roy, Paul, Archie and Lloyd; and sisters, Ida Nelson and Bernice Otteson.