Rick Otterson


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Posted Online: April 27, 2013, 7:59 pm
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Rick A. Otterson, 49, of Moline, took God's hand and went home to heaven on Sunday, April 21, 2013.
Visitation will be Monday, April 29, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline. A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Church, Moline. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family for a fund to be established.
Rick was born on May 29, 1963, in Rugby, N.D., the son of Robert S. and Marian A. Fronk Otterson.
He graduated from Rugby High School and attended the University of North Dakota. Rick later moved to Arizona where he met Debbie Alati. They married in 1988 in Rugby.
Rick loved sports and music of all kinds. It was hard to stump him on both subjects. He had a quick wit and never ending humor. He maintained many childhood friendships, was well-liked and fun to be around. Rick was looking forward to being on the river this summer, getting his fourth annual CD ready for the pontoon season. Prior to Rick's brief illness, he enjoyed working for Bob Herman at Quad City Spring in Moline.
In his generous nature and willingness to help others in any way he could, he, as a last gesture, instructed his eyes be donated to the Illinois Eye Bank.
Those he left with happy memories include his daughters, Kendra, Moline, and Jaimie; and son, Alex, both of Gilbert, Ariz.; granddaughter, Marlo; mother, Marian Otterson, Moline; sister, Nanci (Duane) Volk, Moline; brothers, Bobby, Austin, Minn., and Terry (Gerrianne), Dickenson, N.D.; special friend, Jen Anderson; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Rick was preceded in death by his grandparents; dad, Robert S. Otterson; and sister, Carol Lyn, who he just met in heaven.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at deroofuneralhome.com.












 



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