Breck pioneer dies at 86 |

Breck pioneer dies at 86

Daily News staff report

Services were held May 11 for Herman L. Otterson, a longtime Breckenridge resident who died May 6 at the age of 86.

Otterson was born July 14, 1918, to Amber and Oscar Otterson of Laramie, Wyo. The family moved to Breckenridge in the early 1920s. Otterson attended Slate Creek elementary school in the Lower Blue, graduated Breckenridge High School in 1936, worked in the Country Boy Mine and on the construction of Loveland Pass after high school. He then enlisted in the Navy, for which he served from 1940 to 1945. After his stint in the service, Otterson worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Denver, but continued to visit Breckenridge on weekends. He opened the first coin-operated laundry on Main Street in Breckenridge in the 1960s.

Otterson was a member of the Masonic Lodge.

He is survived by sisters Sena of Dillon and Elizabeth of Washington; daughters Phyllis and Joyce of Arvada and Mary Jane of Ohio; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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