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James Frederick Ottesen

James Ottesen, 82 formally of Sunray, passed away Monday, April 11, 2022. Services are scheduled for 1 o’clock in the afternoon on Thursday, May 5, 2022, at First United Methodist Church with Pastor David McGaughy, officiating. Burial will follow at Lane Memorial Cemetery in Sunray under the direction of Beeson Morrison Funeral Directors.  The family will receive friends from 5 o'clock until 7 o'clock in the evening on Wednesday, May 4, at the funeral home in Dumas.

James was born on March 27, 1940, in Clarks Grove, MN to Clarence and Bernice Hanson Ottesen. James attended school in Ellendale, MN. James married Kathleen Sweeney in November of 1963 and to this union two sons were born. After the end of that marriage, James married Betty Holtz Evenson on January 9, 1970. Betty had four sons and the couple became instant blended family. To this union their only daughter was born. James and Betty were married for 41 years until her passing.

James was a farmer, pig farmer and truck driver in his early life. He was a founding partner of Evenson Trucking, the business he built with his wife and his sons, and worked until his retirement in 1992. He later went back to the trucking business as he truly loved to just be working.

James enjoyed the fellowship of family and friends.  He enjoyed traveling, fishing trips, golfing, and playing cards. James was an avid reader. He loved to read Louie L'Amour books and often traded books with his daughter in law. He also was an animal lover. He bred and raised dogs and had a passion for horses.

James was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Betty, son Kenneth Evenson, daughter in law Patricia Ottesen, grandson Christian Ottesen, two great grandsons: Alex and Benjamin Wheeler, a sister June Lageson and a brother Eugene Ottesen.

James is survived by one daughter Kristin and son in law Larry Myers of Amarillo TX, five sons: Michael Ottesen and wife Margarita of San Lorenzo, CA, Tim Ottesen of Spartanburg, SC, Alan and wife Julie Evenson of Fort Worth, TX, Jerry and wife Marcia Evenson of Dumas, TX, Robert and wife Debbie of Amarillo, TX, and his daughter in law Peggy Evenson of Canyon TX. His 17 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grand children. James is also survived by his six sisters: Phyliis Anderson, Marge Wobshall, Ruth Sather, Kathy and husband Paul Underland, Eileene Bergaland, Elizabeth and husband Rick Wangsness and one brother Merlin and wife Gail Ottesen.

Memorials may be made to BSA Hospice of the Southwest, 5211 SW 9th Ave Suite 100, Amarillo, TX 79106 or the First United Methodist Food Bank.

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Our condolences to all of Jim's family and friends. I will never forget the inspiration Jim gave to my brother and myself on the day of our father's funeral. We always enjoyed when he would come to visit us in Arizona. May he rest in peace.

Brad Sather May 5 2022 1:47 PM

My condolences to all of Jim's family and friends. May he rest in peace.

Jeff Sather May 5 2022 9:31 AM

Mike,Tim and Kristin my most sincere condolences!!!

Lety Galaviz Apr 23 2022 1:17 AM

Mike, Tim, Kristin and family, I am sorry to hear of your loss. I know he will be missed. May gain comfort through the love of God, family and friends.

Teina Sample Apr 20 2022 5:11 PM

A candle was lit in memory of James Ottesen

Jill Kehne Apr 15 2022 11:06 AM

To the Ottesen Family
Sorry to hear of your loss.
Prayers and thoughts are with all of you.
Rest in peace Papa James 🙏

Soaky Apr 14 2022 11:07 PM

Love this picture of the Jim I remember. He was the jokester just like our dad and I loved that. I will miss my big bother.

Liz Wangsness Apr 14 2022 10:41 PM

Uncel Jim , he will be sorely missed. We meet 47 years ago. He was a gentle gaint to me. He was very kind and could make me laugh at any time. I am so glad to have a wonderful relationship with him all these years. All the time in Minnesota and in California, I will miss and treasure Uncle Jim in my heart always.

June Smith Apr 14 2022 10:12 PM

I often thought Jim lots of memories working with him ,had to be the first ones up in the morning , but never went by a coffe shop rip

Jerry waldemar Apr 14 2022 7:30 PM