Charles Frederick Ott NEW PALTZ-Charles Frederick Ott, 78, of New Paltz, N.Y., passed away on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, at Health Alliance-Broadway, Kingston, N.Y. Born on July 30, 1937 in Cooperstown, N.Y., he was the son of Charles Frank and Esther Waterman Ott. He married Ann M. Baldwin on July 26, 1975 in Phelps, N.Y.. (Ann died on April 14, 2014.) A cerebral athlete, Fred played varsity baseball and basketball for New Paltz High School, where he graduated from in 1955. Before graduating from Union College in 1960, he played freshman basketball, varsity volleyball, and even won the college’s 1959 intramural badminton singles title. During his free time, he was an avid and exceptional bridge player. Fred was an asset to many throughout his life. He served five years as a navigator in the U.S.A.F., worked one year as the Assistant Dean of Students at SUNY New Paltz, and taught physics for eight years at Poughkeepsie High School spaced around an additional one and half years recall to the U.S.A.F. during Vietnam. He then worked 35 years as a Labor Relations Specialist with N.Y.S.U.T. Never one to complain, he gave us far more than he took. He served his country; he excelled at his profession; and, to the very end, in countless ways, he supported his family. Surviving are one daughter, Katherine, and her husband Donald Zehnder II of Westerville, Ohio; two sons, David F. and his wife Melissa Ott of Mansfield, Ohio, and Stephen Ott of Westerville, Ohio; a brother, William Ott of New Paltz, N.Y.; granddaughter, Ashley Marie Zehnder of Westerville, Ohio; grandson, John David Ott of Mansfield, Ohio; and fiancée, Barbara DeStefano of Port Ewen, N.Y. Relatives and friends may call Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Copeland Funeral Home, Inc., 162 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, N.Y. Funeral services with military honors will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be sent to The American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Va. 22312 or online at www.diabetes.org/donate
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Published by the Daily Freeman from Jan. 23 to Jan. 24, 2016.