Clarence “Corky” Robert Ott, Jr., 84, of Bridgman, passed away on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at his home in the care of his family.
A funeral service will be held at 11 AM Monday, January 6, 2020 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 9650 N. Church Street, Bridgman with Reverend Edward A. Meyer officiating. Friends may meet with the family from 2 - 4 PM, Sunday, January 5, 2020 at Pike Funeral Home, Boyd Chapel, 9191 Red Arrow Highway, Bridgman. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery, Bridgman. Memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church PO Box 26, Bridgman MI 49106, Hospice at Home 4025 Health Park Ln., St. Joseph, MI 49085 or Humane Society of SW Michigan Yeager Family Pet Shelter 5400 Niles Road, St. Joseph, MI 49085. Online condolences accepted at www.PikeFH.com
Clarence was born Friday, May 31, 1935 in Sawyer, Michigan, the son of the late Clarence Robert and May Josephine (Woodrick) Ott, Sr. Clarence married Annette Krumrie on August 10, 1957. He graduated from MSU with a degree in Electric Engineering. He was employed with Bendix Missiles in Mishawaka, Indiana for 7 years. In 1994 after 30 years, Clarence retired from Whirlpool Corp. He was an Advance Development Engineer in the Laundry Group. He also owned several patents. Clarence was the chairman of Old Timers Banquet. He enjoyed fishing in Wisconsin, hunting deer, duck and goose, playing horseshoes, cards and bowling. He also played the accordion and ukelele. He was an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers and anything MSU. Corky was a devoted family man. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, Sawyer and was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Bridgman.
Clarence is survived by his wife of 62 years, Annette; son: Brian (Cheryl) Ott; daughters: Linda Ott, Cheryl (Chris) Strefling and Susan (Alan) Foster; 14 grandchildren: Amiee (Andrew) Clay, Kelly Gast, Alex (Abbey) Gast, Gina (Brian) Rzetelny, Elise Ott, Steven Clarence Ott, Stephanie (Kristian) Woods, Patrick (Angela) Binkley, Michael Catania, Katie (Raymond) Zordell, Breanna (Benjamin) Adams, Matthew (Melissa) Foster, Nathan (Emma) Foster and Timothy(Sara) Foster; 22 great grandchildren: Ezra, Eliza, Colt, Takiya, Macey, Rylie, Charlie, Michael, Faith, Natalee, Henry, Daniel, Valerie, Cheyenne, Haley, Ethan, Emmett, Benjamin, Wyatt, Otto, Margo and Gabe; brother: Donald (Carolyn) Ott; sister: Lavera Lawrenz and Marlene (Earl) Anderson.
He was also preceded by two great grandchildren: Vernon and RJ; four sisters: Edna Scharnowske, Doris Nitz, Darlene Frank and Arlene Smiley.