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Obituary: Ambrose Lee Otteson


Lee Otteson, a gentle hard-working man, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, March 19, 2003.

Lee was born Dec. 20, 1919 in Huntington, Utah to Leo and Elizabeth Guymon Otteson. He graduated from Granite High in 1938, and enlisted into the Air Force in 1942, serving in the 19th Reconnaissance Squad Long Range Photo in North Africa and the Middle East during World War II for three years and re-enlisted and served in the Army Reserve for six years.

While on leave from his military service he met Fern Payne from Sigurd, Utah they were married on Oct. 23, 1942, later was solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. They recently celebrated their 60th anniversary. He was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He retired from Pyke Manufacturing after 43 years of dedication to his work. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and most of all he loved to play a great game of cards with family and friends.

Lee is survived by his dear wife Fern, children: Dennis (Debbie) Otteson, Murray; Craig (Donna) Otteson, McKinney TX; LeAnne (Warren) Taylor, Kearns; 12 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; sister Virginia Howard, N. Salt Lake; preceded in death by parents, five brothers and sisters (Melrose, Darrel, Carol Jordison, Rosabell, Dixie Nielsen), and two grandchildren (Stephanie and James Taylor).

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Mon., March 24, at the Millstream Ward, 3400 S. 1100 E. Salt Lake City. Friends and family may call Sun., March 23, at Memorial Estates, 5850 S. 900 E. from 6-8 p.m., and on Monday, March 24 at the church from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Interment will be at Redwood Memorial Estates Cemetery, 6500 S. Redwood Rd.

Special thanks to Jennifer Shaw and the many others at Hospice, for their tender loving care and help through the last days of his life. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of Lee Otteson to CNS Hospice, 6949 Highteck Dr. Salt Lake City, Utah 84047.