Mr. Ott was born on August 6, 1927 in Eel River Township in Allen County, a son of Thomas Lawrence and Laura Pearl (Fisher) Ott, and spent his formative years on the family farm there. He graduated from Huntertown High School, and was engaged in farming there until 1980 when he sold the farm to his son and moved to Churubusco. He retired in 1987 as a machinist and fork lift operator for Dana Corporation in Fort Wayne after 38 years.
He was a member of the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, east of Churubusco. In his leisure time he enjoyed Angus cattle, fishing and spending time at the lake in the summer, wintering in Lakeland, Florida, and most especially loved and enjoyed his wife and family.
On May 28, 1948 he was married in Wolf Lake to Phyllis G. Bender. She preceded him in death on August 30, 2009.
The surviving relatives include his children, Judy (Roy) Langdon of Sheridan, Larry (Christina) Ott of Albion, and Jerry A. (Pamela) Ott of Churubusco; eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and spouse, he was preceded in death by a sister, Jessie Dice Johnson; and by four brothers, Everett Ott, Herman Ott, Russell Ott, and Howard Ott.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 29, 2009, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Larry Smith, pastor of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Monday from 3 to 8 p.m., or one hour prior to the service Tuesday morning.
Interment will be in the Eel River Cemetery, south of Churubusco.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, 13733 Wesley Chapel Rd., Churubusco, IN 46723.
To leave a condolence for the family in Mr. Ott’s memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.
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