Norman Otterkill 87 of Bemidji and Bagley died on Friday, December 20, 2013 at the Tender Hearts Assisted Living in Blackduck, Minnesota of complications from Parkinsons Disease.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the Grace Chapel (10 miles south of Bagley, MN) with Rev. Karl Anderson officiating. Visitation will be on Friday from 6-8 PM with a prayer service at 8:00 PM at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bagley, MN and also one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Rice Lutheran Cemetery in Zerkel, Minnesota. Military rites will be accorded by the Irvin Blix American Legion Post No. 16 of Bagley. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted with the arrangements.
Norman was born June 7, 1926 in Duluth, Minnesota the son Ted and Inga (Klepp) Otterkill. As a youngster he moved to Rice Township south of Zerkel. At the age 14 he moved to St. Paul, Minnesota where he graduated from Murray High School in 1943. Norman served a tour of duty in the United States Navy. After his tenure of service he worked with his father doing plastering and drywall in St. Paul. In 1970 Norman moved to Bagley where he partnered with Weldon Nelson to form Nelson-Otterkill Construction. They were pioneers in building housing for low to moderate income families in northern Minnesota. Many individuals have benefitted from Normans determination and success in providing safe, decent, and affordable housing. They also formed Bemidji Management Co. Due to illness Norman was forced to retire.
Norman was married to Frances Olson and after many years they were divorced . He married Sandy Warrington and they were later divorced.
Norman enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with his family who he loved very much. He had a compassion for flying and owned his own airplane. He went on a mission trip and shared his plastering abilities with the people of Haiti. Norman had a passion for his land and spent many hours improving and enjoying it. Norman was a kind and caring individual.
He is survived by his- Daughter- Mona (Robert) Olson of Bemidji, MN
Son- Jim Otterkill of Park Rapids, MN
Step-daughter- Nicole Mickalson of Bemidji, MN
6 grandchildren and 5 step-grandchildren
14 great grandchildren
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The Otterkill family would like to thank Darlene Benson and staff of the Tender Hearts Assisted Living in Blackduck for the excellent care given to Norman.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Rice Lutheran Church.