Evald Ottosen

Evald “Walter” Ottosen died peacefully at home on 10/6/2020 in Lenoir City, TN at the age of 85.

     Walter is survived by his wife, Anne Marie; son, Kristian and his wife Melissa; granddaughter, Emily; and three brothers in Denmark.

     Walter was born on 4/10/35 in Denmark.  He married Anne Marie in 1967.  After moving to NJ, Walter began working for Mobil Chemical Co. for 35 years.  Over the years, the couple welcomed one son.  Kristian remembers him as a kind and caring father who encouraged him to pursue his goals.

     Walter was accomplished at carpentry and gardening.  He was an active and dedicated member of the church and often volunteered at community events.

     A memorial service is scheduled for 11am on 10/12/2020 at Grace Lutheran Church in Knoxville.  Pastor Elseroad will officiate the ceremony.  All are welcome to attend and celebrate Walter’s life.  Condolences can be made at https://www.dogwoodcremations.com/evald-ottosen/.  The family would like to thank the caregivers at Covenant Hospice for their care and dedication.

Posted in Obituaries.


  1. Dear Anne Marie, Kristian, Melissa, Emily and family:

    Please accept our deepest sympathy and sadness over the loss of your wonderful family patriarch. Laraine and I will miss him dearly, and his legacy will be a constant reminder of his special outgoing personality, engaging kindness, and genuine hospitality, which we will always be thankful for! Although we only knew him a few short years, he made us feel like we knew him all his life. —

    Walter was a most thoughtful, considerate, ethical, energetic and upbeat person. –A man, (according to the Irish proverb), “who always counted his joys instead of his woes; and counted his friends instead of his foes.” He was just a very special guy, who loved his life and lived it to the fullest! –Always a smile, always a wave, and always engaging. —In short, always “The Real Deal” and we were so privileged to be his friend!

    And so, we would like you to know that Walter’s loss is especially personal to us because we were so fortunate to experience his unique friendship and camaraderie. —He was a true “giver” and never a “taker” who treated us, and so many others as family! –We will never forget him for that, and the many happy times we all had together.

    When in his company, you couldn’t help notice how everyone always seemed to respond to Walter so positively, and we’re sure these qualities had to be a permanent part of his DNA. —It’s called “The Right Stuff” and its God-given!

    If he were here with us today, he’d want everyone to know how much he appreciated their friendship; and remind each of us that we might all try harder to live our lives to the fullest, and always keep a sense of humor, just like he did.

    In closing, our friendship with Walter was a pretty special gift at the right time, because he truly was, the “Real Deal”! –A warm, sincere and genuine guy who made us feel so good to be in his company! —And, today we’re quite sure, everyone will remember him, exactly that way!

    God speed and Rest in Peace Walter.

    Sincerely, Laraine and Phil Walpole

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