Lloyd B. Ott Jr. of Manhattan passed away on Easter Sunday, April 8, 2007.
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Lloyd was born in Lewisberg, W.Va., on Dec. 26, 1921, to Sarah and Lloyd Ballengee Ott. He enjoyed many summers working on his grandparents' farm.
He attended North Carolina State University on a football scholarship and studied civil engineering. After his freshman year, his friend, Carl Fitchett, invited Lloyd to go with him to Montana to work on a farm. They thought it would be a great way to keep in shape for football. In June 1941 they headed to Montana driving a 1931 Model A Ford. Dr. W.J. Hartman was expecting one young man to help with the summer work but he put them both to work. Those were the days of stacking hay with a beaver slide, cleaning out irrigation ditches and chicken houses by hand and milking cows. Most of the fieldwork was done with horses.
By the time they returned to North Carolina, Lloyd had fallen in love with the farmer's daughter, Mary Hartman. She was teaching school in Twin Bridges and had been home for the summer.
The next year, Lloyd joined the Marines and took officer's training courses at Duke University. He also played football for Duke. The day he became a second lieutenant, July 26, 1944, he and Mary were married in Quantico, Va. The following year, Lloyd was sent to the South Pacific on the aircraft carrier USS Boxer.
In May 1946, when he was discharged from the service, Lloyd came to Montana to farm with Dr. Hartman and later took over the farm. He spent many years milking cows and built up a premium herd. The dairy barn burned down on a very cold night in January 1968, and that ended the dairy business. He increased his pig production and added some beef cows and later raised sheep.
Lloyd was a member of the Belgrade Federated Church, which later became the Belgrade Community Church. Lloyd was an elder and served on the church council. He was a member of the Gideons and the Lions Club and local farm organizations. Lloyd will be remembered for his good-natured disposition and never having a bad word to say about anyone.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, in 1999, after nearly 55 years of marriage; his mother, Sarah Ott in 1993; grandson, Sean Terrence Theisen in 2003; and his son-in-law, Donald Belfi in 1985.
He is survived by his children: Bill Ott of the family farm near Churchill and his wife, Cheryl and sons, Eric and Nicholas; his daughter, Marie Ott Theisen of Nampa, Idaho, and her daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Todd Ricketts and their two boys Canyon and Ridge of Winnemucca, Nev.; Kathleen Robinson and her husband, Steve of Butte and their son, Dayne of Belgrade; and Andy Ott and his wife, Terry and their sons, Brandon, Brenton and Bryan Haysom; and by his sister-in-law, Helen Hartman Beeler; and niece, Carla Reinke of Seattle, Wash.
A memorial celebration of Lloyd's life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Belgrade Community Church.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Apr. 11, 2007