Charles M. Ott, 85, of Lincoln passed away on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, IL.
Charles was born on April 20, 1932 in Lincoln, IL the son of Melby and Eugenia (Hurst) Ott. He married Marjory Reigert on October 23, 1954 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lincoln, NE. she survives.
Charles is also survived by his children; Terri Lee (Russell) Keith of El Paso, IL, Douglas Ott of Boise, ID, and Cindy (Mike) Buchwald of Manvel, TX; his brothers; Robert Ott of Rock Island, IL, William Ott of Camdenton, MO, and James Ott of Virden, IL. Additionally Charles is survived by his seven grandchildren; Kristoffer, Steffanie, Savannah, Steven, Samuel, Spencer, Sarah; and his two great-grandchildren; Everleigh, and Gabe.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Daniel Charles Ott.
Charles was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln. He was also a member of the Lion’s Club, Central Illinois Tourism Council, Logan Co. Tourism, Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Association, and the State of Illinois Bee Keeper Association.
Charles was a bee keeper for 60 years, and was bee inspector for the State of Illinois Agriculture Department for 34 years. He was the Abraham Lincoln presenter for the State of Illinois Tourism Department for 34 years; he also portrayed Abraham Lincoln doing trade shows in the United States, Canada, and London, England.
Charles was loved by his family and will be greatly missed.
Services for Charles will be held at 10:00A.M. Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln with Rev. Mark Thompson officiating. Visitation will take place from 4:00-7:00P.M. Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln. Burial at Zion Cemetery will follow the service. Memorial donations may be made in Charles’ name to Zion Lutheran Church & School.