Gerald Ott Print
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 18:34

A little beer and some dish soap added to a regular solution.
    That was Gerald Ott’s secret to getting his lawn to look so good.
    “He was just particular,” his wife Clara said. “He always had it mowed just right. He kept it looking very nice.”
    Mr. Ott took great pride in his perfect lawn, but his wife never joked around with him or asked why he was putting a little beer on the grass.
    “No, because the grass was always nice and dark green,” she said. “It looked nice and that’s what people always wondered, what he did to keep it looking that nice. He did that a couple of times a year.”
    Mr. Ott, 90, died Thursday, Nov. 9, following a 10-plus year battled with lymphoma.
    He was born on May 13, 1927, to Michael and Marie Dreckmann Ott.
    Mr. Ott was a medic in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After his service, he worked for Hummel and Downing Papermill in Milwaukee, then went to work at  Wisconsin Electric Power Co. for 36 years, retiring in 1988.
    On April 22, 1950, Mr. Ott married Clara Biever at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington.
    The couple later moved to Green Bay to be closer to family.  They were members of St. Jude Catholic Church, where Mr. Ott was an usher for many years and was known as the “smiling usher.”  
    Mr. Ott also enjoyed bowling in leagues, woodworking and camping.
    Survivors include his wife Clara; children Michael Ott of Green Bay, Susan (Steven) Barnes of Green Bay and Ann (Peter) Seidenstricker of St. Pete Beach, Fla.; grandchildren Nathanael (Stacy) Barnes, Katherine Barnes, Aaron (Kristine) Barnes, Mary (William) Campbell, and Jay (Elizabeth) Seidenstricker; five great-grandchildren; and two step-great grandchildren.
    Mr. Ott was preceded in death by his parents Michael and Marie;  sister, Marcella (Tom) Eberle; sisters-in-law Celia (Gilbert) Duarte and Esther (Robert) Hermann; and   brother-in-law Harold (Margaret) Biever.
    A Mass of Christian burial at St. Jude Catholic Church in Green Bay was held Wednesday, Nov. 15, followed by entombment at Fort Howard Memorial Park.
    A memorial has been established in Mr. Ott’s name to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
    Blaney Funeral Home handled the arrangements.