Age 89, Crane, Oregon, died Sunday, May 12, 2013, at St Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon. He was our patriarch, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a great-grandfather, a brother and friend to many. Perry was born November 8, 1923, and epitomized Tom Brokaw’s definition of “The Greatest Generation”. Growing up as a young child during the Great Depression, leaving school in the 8th grade to work, serving in the Army during WWII (earning an American Theatre Service Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Rifle Expert Medal) then saving his pennies driving log trucks for years so he could finally create a family legacy by purchasing the Spurlock Ranch at the tender age of 50. After being honorably discharged from the Army he met and shortly after married Gladys Payne on February 16, 1947, they raised four amazing children who have also grown up to be wonderful parents and grandparents.
Perry was preceded in death by his son, Dale Ott, of Days Creek. He is survived by his wife, Gladys; two sons: Dr. Gail Ott, of Lake Oswego; Terry Ott, of Crane; his daughter, Susan Joyce, of Ontario; two brothers: Don Ott, of Eugene, John Ott of Days Creek; two sisters: Dorothy Thompson of Vale; Lela Troyer, of Oakridge; ten grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He will be remembered for being a “Gentleman’s Cowboy”, having a quirky sense of humor, befriending every stray dog that passed by and having amazing war stories that were told over and over again. We all love you and appreciate you as a human being. Dale, I guess you finally have a hunting partner.
Contributions in Perry Ott’s memory can be made to the Dollars for Scholars - Dale Thomas Ott Scholarship Fund and mailed to Susanna Dagler, P.O. Box 10, Days Creek, Oregon 97429.
Graveside service were held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2 p.m. (Pacific Time) at the Spurlock Ranch. (56100 Crane-Venator Lane, Crane, Oregon).
You can sign the on-line guest book for the family at www.lafolletteschaple.com LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements.