Arthur Paul Ott, longtime resident of Stevens County, passed away at home near Chewelah on April 30, 2013. He was 96. Arthur was born on October 28, 1916 in Ritzville to Albert and Elsie (Wellsandt) Ott,
Art grew up on a wheat farm near Ritzville, graduating from Ritzville High School in 1935. He and Dorothy Franson married on May 18, 1941 at her parent’s home on Crab Creek, north of Ritzville. They moved to what became known as West Acres farm near Addy in 1944 to begin a long and successful farming and ranching career. Art brought purebred black Aberdeen Angus cattle to the Colville Valley, and was very active with the Stevens County Cattlemen’s Association. He was active in the local Addy Grange, including singing and playing saxophone with the Melody Aces, the Elks’ Choraliers, and the United Church of Christ choir. Art also served as a director of Chewelah Grange Supply (CENEX).
After retiring from the farm in 1989, Art and Dorothy moved to Chewelah to enjoy golfing at Chewelah Golf and Country Club. Art treasured his “hole-in-one” trophy! A tireless worker and dedicated father, Art will forever be remembered for his loving heart and sunshine smile!
Art is survived by his five children, Curtis and Pam (McIntyre) Ott, Addy; Christine Ott-Hopkins, Bend, Ore; Merrill and Anne (Daugherty) Ott, Addy; Claudia (Ott) and Ed Machtmes, Addy ; and Sally (Ott) and Dusty Eckhart, Deer Park. He has 12 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Elaine (Ott) Kutschkau, Kennewick, and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Art was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; brother Robert Ott, and by a sister, Mildred (Ott) Danekas.
A celebration of life service will be held in the United Church of Christ, at 10 E. Webster Ave, Chewelah, WA at 11 A.M., Saturday, May 11, 2013, with reception following in the fellowship hall. A private interment will be held at the family niche at Colville Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Dominicare In-Home Support Services, Chewelah, or to any charity of your choice. Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com . Danekas Funeral Chapel is entrusted with the arrangements.