OTT, John J., 90 of Plant City, Florida, entered into eternal rest on January 13, 2013. He was born in Bronx, New York on March 22, 1922. He was a Veteran of the United States Navy having served for 20 years, including service aboard the USS Brooklyn (CL40) where his ship received the Navy Combat Award during the African Campaign in 1942, and aboard the USS A.J. Luke (DE527), a destroyer escort. He served another 20 years with the Federal Government and retired in 1982 as a data manager. He was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, and always cared for others who couldn't do for themselves. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Catherine; children Mary Ott Wood (Art) of Plant City and the Honorable John E. Ott (Karen) of Birmingham, Alabama; and granddaughter Abby Ott of Louisville, Kentucky. While living in New York, John was active as a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He was also President of the Florida chapter of the USS Brooklyn for 10 years. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 16 from 2-4 p.m. at Hopewell Funeral Home, 6005 CR 39 S, Plant City. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, January 17 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church, 1104 North Alexander Street, Plant City. Interment with military honors to follow at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Johnnie B. Byrd Center and Research Operating Fund, ATTN: Holly Lisle, 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, MDC70, Tampa, Florida 33612. Expressions of condolence at www.hopewellfuneral.com
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Published in TBO.com on Jan. 16, 2013