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Lloyd Sandford Otterson

Obituary Information

Service Details


Date: Wednesday
February 21, 2018

Time: 4:00-7:00 P.M.

*and for 1 hour prior to the service at the church

Location: Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home
Blooming Prairie, MN


Date: Thursday
February 22, 2018

Time: 1:30 P.M.

First Lutheran Church
Blooming Prairie, MN

Blooming Prairie Cemetery
Blooming Prairie, MN

*Honors provided by the
Blooming Prairie Honor Guard




Lloyd S. Otterson, age 85 of Rural Austin, Minnesota, passed away Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin. Lloyd Sandford was born March 8, 1932 near Geneva, Minnesota in Bath Township, Freeborn County.  He attended Freeborn County country school.  At age 15 Lloyd went to live and farm with Kermit (Gladys) Kvenvold until joining the service.  He entered military service in the United States Army on January 16, 1951 during the Korean War.  Following his honorable discharge on December 16, 1952 he returned home.  He was united in marriage to Charlene Lester on October 4, 1957 at Geneva Lutheran Church.  Lloyd and Charlene lived in Freeborn, Minnesota before moving to Austin in 1963.  In October of 1968 they moved to the farm they purchased north of Austin. In his early years Lloyd worked as a butter maker in Clarks Grove and Otisco.  He later worked as a mechanical tradesman for various businesses before starting his own mechanical business.  In 1970 Lloyd began a long career with Farmstead Foods (formerly Wilson Foods) in Albert Lea, and retired in 1989 after 18 years of service.  His true passion was farming; he loved working in the fields, raising cattle, and baling hay.  He was a member of the Albert Lea American Legion Post #56 and the Albert Lea DAV Glaydon Iverson Chapter #16.  Lloyd was always eager to help family and friends whenever needed, and enjoyed tractors, the outdoors, and tinkering. 

Lloyd is survived by his wife Charlene of rural Austin; children Sharon (Gary) Fisher of Owatonna, Dean (Jolene) Otterson of Hartland, Renae (Ron Thomas) Brackey of Albert Lea, LeAnn (Ralph) Miller of Owatonna, Linda (Mark ) Crom of Albert Lea, Lori (Matt) Jordison of Blooming Prairie; grandchildren Cathleen Miller (Aaron), Nathaniel Fisher, Katie Jo Elmer (Chad), Elizabeth Fisher (Robert), Matthew Miller (Katie), Nicholas Otterson, Andrea Crom, Christy Crom, Caitie, Colby, Cydney and Corbin Pathammavong, Colin Jordison, Abby Jordison; great-grandchildren Aubrey, Bryce, Hailey, and Abraham; brothers Clifford (Margaret) Otterson, Dovain (Darlene) Otterson, Odean (Margie) Otterson; many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents Omar and Sophia Otterson; father-in-law and mother-in-law Lloyd and Annie Lester; siblings Eugene Otterson, Raymond (Berneice) Otterson, Theresa (Maryls) Sorenson, Rolf Otterson; sisters-in-law Lana Otterson, Marie Guerrero; great grandson Corey Fisher; son-in-law Randy Brackey.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota with Pastor Heidi Heimgartner officiating. Interment will follow in the Blooming Prairie Cemetery with military honors by the Blooming Prairie Honor Guard. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at the Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home, and for one hour prior to the service Thursday afternoon at church. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

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