Ronald Otterness, 72, of Cedar, died April 1, 2011 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Ronald Earling Otterness was born Feb. 15, 1939 in Willmar to Earl and Margaret Otterness. Ronald was raised in Minneapolis. On November 17, 1956 he married Sandra Williams. Ronald served in the Marine Corps from 1956 – 1958. After his military service they moved to Cedar where they have since made their home. Ron was employed in the railroad industry and was a UTU Union member for 50 years. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Oak Grove. Among his interests were working with wood and building projects.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. Ronald is survived by his wife, Sandra; seven children, Ronald Otterness, Gregory Otterness, Deborah (Ernest) Mortensen, Laurie (Edward) Yanta, Robert (Cheryl) Otterness, Michael (Tammy) Otterness, Susan (Delroy) Gehrke; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters; two brothers; and by many other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Oak Grove with Father David Blume as Celebrant. The cantor will be Emily Larson and Kyle Picha will serve as pianist. Pallbearers are Thomas Gehrke, Lars Mortensen, Chad, Jason, Michael and Robert Otterness. Burial will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6 at the Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel and also one hour before the service at the church on Thursday.