Jerry Allen Otterstad, 75, of Willow Island, Nebraska, died August 1st, 2017 in Bellevue, Nebraska.  
  He was born August 27th, 1941 in Joice, Iowa son of Norris and Ida (Helegeson) Otterstad. Jerry grew up in the Joice area and graduated from Joice High School. 
  Jerry married Diann Wirtjes on August 28th, 1966 at Elk Creek Lutheran Church in rural Kensett, Iowa. To this union three children were born Tammy, Travis and Tarah. They farmed and fed cattle in Joice, Iowa until they purchased a feedlot near Cozad, Nebraska in 1971. 
  Jerry enjoyed professional  basketball especially the Lakers and Magic Johnson and the Cavs and Lebron James. He had a love for cattle, he enjoyed show cattle and visiting with the people in the show cattle business. He loved raising and feeding cattle. 
  He is survived by his son Travis and wife Jill of Tuttle, Oklahoma; two daughters Tammy and husband Joe Martinez of Tampa, Florida and Tarah and husband Rene Takougnadi of Papillion; four Grandsons Zachary, Jared, and Justin Martinez of Tampa, Florida and Didier Takougnadi of Papillion; one step granddaughter Tiffani Pruitt of Tuttle, Oklahoma.
  Jerry was preceded in death by his wife Diann Otterstad in 2015, and his parents Ida and Norris Otterstad.
  Visitation was held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska on Friday, August 4, 2017. 
  Funeral Services were held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Saturday, August 5th, 2017 at 1:00 pm with Pastor James McCrickard officiating.
  Burial followed in the Cozad Cemetery, Cozad, Nebraska.
  Memorials may be directed to Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel to help with services, 620 10th St, Gothenburg, NE 69138.   To sign the online guest book, go to