Joseph Kenneth Ott

Joseph Kenneth Ott, 68, passed away Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, in his home.

He was born Oct. 30, 1948.

Survivors knew him as cherished father of Michelle (John) Grotts; adored grandfather of Morgan Grotts; treasured son of Elizabeth Ott; dear brother of John (Delene) Ott, Steve Ott, Barb (Dennis) Kleine, Tim (Ann) Ott, Deb (Steve) Tyree and Chuck Ott; wonderful uncle and great-uncle to many; and friend to many more.

Joseph was preceded in death and remembered as beloved husband of Margaret Ott; son of Ray Kerschner; stepson of Ed Ott; and son-in-law of Charles and Rosemary Paterson.

Joe grew up in Tiffin. He graduated from Divine Word Seminary High School in Perrysburg, attended Divine Word Seminary College in Epworth, Iowa, and went on to achieve a bachelor’s degree from Saint Louis University in general studies. He worked for Little Sisters of the Poor, DePaul Hospital, Missouri Department of Social Services – Division of Family Services, Ticor Title Company, First American Title Company and Missouri Department of Insurance amongst others. After retiring, he volunteered to assist with tax preparation through American Association of Retired Persons.

His memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 5020 Rhodes Ave., St. Louis, MO, with greeting time for family and friends at 10:30 a.m. Friends and family will gather after the service.

Your thoughtful contributions to The Rose Foundation, 2702 Bloomfield Drive, St. Louis, MO 63129; Siteman Cancer Center, CB 1204, 7425 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63105; or International Institute of St. Louis, 3401 Arsenal St., St. Louis, MO 63118 are appreciated.