*In the Dec. 15 edition of the Custer County Chief, memorial information was incorrect. Please note that a memorial for Mr. Ottun has been established to the Berean Church Grace Fund (which helps people in the community with certain needs) or to 750 AM, KMMJ, ‘Keeping Minds on the Message of Jesus.’ The Custer County Chief apologizes for this error and any confusion it may have caused.*
Gaylord Berent Ottun, 74, of Round Valley, passed away at the Jennie M.Melham Hospital Dec. 6, 2011, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Gaylord was born May 30, 1937, in Round Valley, to Berent and Annie (Olson) Ottun. He lived most of his life in the Round Valley Community, attending Round Valley School District 66, and graduating in 1956 from Sargent High School.
At a special service at the Round Valley schoolhouse in 1955, God convicted him of his need for a Savior, and at 18, Gaylord accepted Christ and committed his life to following the Lord. He was active in Pioneers for Christ and was involved in the Homeward Trail Bible Camp as well as the American Sunday School Union. Later, he and his wife helped with the opening of the Evangelical Free Church in Sargent.
While in high school, Gaylord was a runner and excelled in track. He also took great delight in his nieces and nephews and loved them dearly.
August 21, 1970, Gaylord was united in marriage to Anita Kelley at Sumner. They had four children who were Gaylord’s main source of enjoyment. The Round Valley community was their home until 2010, when they moved to Sargent.
Gaylord enjoyed raising cattle as well as fishing, guns, photography, and motorcycles. He was intrigued by electronics and for years enjoyed visiting with people from all over the world on his amateur radio. Gaylord was so friendly that he would strike up conversations with everyone he met.
He loved to fix things and learn how they worked and just enjoyed tinkering. Going on scenic drives was special to him. He was proud of his Norwegian heritage, and liked learning of his ancestry. He instilled a sense of patriotism in his family. More importantly, however, he modeled for his family a love for the Lord.
Gaylord was preceded in death by his parents, Berent and Annie Ottun, and his brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Irene Ottun. Survivors include his wife, Anita of Sargent; children, April (Kory) Kitt of Sargent, Philip of Round Valley, Rhoda (Fred) Woods of Burwell, and Sterling (Gwen) Ottun of Agana, Guam; brother, Darrel (Sheila) Ottun of Round Valley, and sister, Donna (Delbert) Jacobsen of Norwich, NY. Grandchildren include Karina and Annalise Kitt, Maria Ottun, and Isannah Woods. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Six years before his death, Gaylord commented that “The only thing that really matters in life is that you have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.”
Memorial services were held at the Berean Church in Broken Bow with Pastor Larry DeMoss officiating. Burial was at Round Valley. A memorial has been established to the Berean Church Grace Fund (which helps people in the community with certain needs) or to 750 AM, KMMJ, ‘Keeping Minds on the Message of Jesus.’
Published in Custer County Chief, Dec. 15, 2011