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Michael Orvin Otterness

June 18, 1949 - March 3, 2022

Michael Orvin Otterness was born June 18, 1949 in Caledonia, Minnesota to Orvin and Evonne (Treangen) Otterness.  He graduated from the Mabel-Canton High School in 1967 and then moved to Los Angeles, California where he joined the United States Marine Corps on August 30, 1967.  Mike was stationed in Vietnam for thirteen months, Japan for eighteen months, and the remaining time in California until his discharge on September 3, 1971.  He then moved back to Minnesota where he attended the Winona Vocational School for welding. In 1973 he married Darlene Halvorson.  They had moved to Texas and were later divorced IN 1995.  In 1999 he moved back to Minnesota where he worked at McNeilus in Dodge Center until retiring in 2011.  In 2016 he moved to Spring Valley where he was a resident at Spring Valley Living.  He enjoyed driving his Miata and Mustang and spending time with his family. Mike was a member of the American Legion Post 299 in Mabel since 1972.

Mike died Thursday, March 3rd at Spring Valley Living at the age of 72.                         

Mike is survived by his daughter Jennifer (Donald) Hooker; granddaughter Lexie; sisters Susan (Larry) Erickson, Diane Otterness (Bob Abraham), Joy (Steve) Afdahl, and one brother Lonnie (Stephanie) Morken, and many nieces and great nieces. He was preceded in death by his father Orvin Otterness, mother Evonne Morken, and brother Randy Otterness.

A Celebration of Life will be 11am - 3pm, Wednesday, March 9th at the Mabel American Legion in Mabel, Minnesota. Inurnment will be 1pm, Thursday, March 10th at the Minnesota State Veteran's Cemetery in Preston.

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