William Kirk Lott, AKA "Bill" "Child"
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December 7, 1947
July 29, 2012
Bill passed away July 29, 2012, on the Emigrant bicycle trail with his family and friends, doing what he loved.
Bill is survived by his loving wife Julee and daughters Corey and Morgan, all of Sparks. He is also survived by his brother David of Washington, D.C., sisters Nancy (John) Paulsen of Truesdale, Iowa, and Kitty Reid, of Denver, Colorado, and many other close family members and friends. He will be particularly missed by the local off-road recreational and racing communities. He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, and brother-in-law Donald Shaw.
Bill was born on December 7, 1947, in Spencer, Iowa, to Cleo and Mary (Kirchner) Lott. He grew up in Peterson, Iowa, and graduated in 1966 from Sioux Valley Community High School in Linn Grove, Iowa. Following high school, he enlisted in the Army National Guard while attending Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa. His unit was activated during the Vietnam conflict, but he spent his service based in Colorado and Washington.
In 1971 he moved to Reno to attend the University of Nevada, from which he graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics and business. He married Julee (Jude) Felt on August 23, 1975. Together they have owned a small VW and off-road auto parts and accessories store, Fibercraft Inc., since 1981. Bill and Jude were partners in business as well as best friends. They enjoyed camping together, building off-road buggies and race cars, and all forms of outdoor recreation.
From the beginning Bill was fascinated with all things mechanical. He began working on model cars as a boy and before long he was building muscle cars and drag-racing them, setting several track records at the Humboldt County Dragway in Iowa. After moving to Nevada he began racing dirt bikes and eventually got into racing off-road cars in the local Valley Off Road Racing Association (VORRA). He also enjoyed driving sand dune buggies—the Lott family took many a trip to sand dune parks in Nevada, California, Oregon, Idaho, and Utah. Bill had a special love for classic Volkswagens and fiberglass buggies. He and Jude were members of the Meyers Manx buggy club.
In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to
or FAST-aid (www.fast-aid.org), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial, educational, and personal assistance to injured racers undergoing recovery and rehabilitation from motor sports racing incidents.
A celebration of life will be held in the Paradise Ballroom at the Atlantis Casino in Reno on Saturday, August 4, 2012, at 1 p.m.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on August 1, 2012