Jan Ott, 1937 – 2016

Ott, JanA memorial service was held Monday, July 25, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jefferson for Jan Ott, 78, of Jefferson.

The Rev Timothy A. Jones, pastor of the church, offered words of comfort. Soloists were Lisa Ott and Miranda Sebourn, accompanied by Mark Erickson. Honorary bearers were Jan’s great-grandchildren Trevor Ott, Carver Ott, Oliver Ott, Kaylin Ott, Lucas Ott, Cooper Ott, Nico Laubscher, Ruve Laubsher, Rylie Farnsworth, Everly Farnsworth, Krista Larson and Parker Ott.

Interment was at the Jefferson Municipal Cemetery.

The family was assisted by Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home of Jefferson.

Janet Elaine Ott passed away with her family by her side Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines after a brief illness.

Jan was born in Boone County on Oct. 15, 1937, the daughter of Floyd and Edna Knight. She was one of seven children. Jan attended school in Grand Junction, where her family lived on a farm.

Jan married Donald Ott March 27, 1954. They lived in Jefferson, and Jan maintained their home and raised their two sons, Doug of Jefferson and Mark (Michele) of Carroll.

In Jan’s younger years she enjoyed playing softball and bowling with friends. As she got older, she kept busy attending all six of her grandchildren’s activities. It was very rare that she ever missed an event.

Some of Jan’s other passions included following Iowa Hawkeye athletics, watching the Minnesota Vikings, drinking coffee with her sisters, playing Pinochle or any card game, and spending weekends camping. Jan loved to travel. She was able to visit all 50 states, with all but five having been on the motorcycle. Spending time with family and friends was what meant the most to her. It brought her so much joy to be around any of her 12 great-grandchildren.

Jan is preceded in death by her parents Floyd and Edna Knight, and siblings Roland “Sonny” Knight, Shirley Cummings, Dolores Davis, and Carolyn Muzney.

Jan is survived by her husband Donnie Ott; her sons Doug Ott and Mark (Michele) Ott; brothers Robert “Bobby” Knight and Donald Knight, both of Jefferson; her six grandchildren, Justin (Lisa) Ott of Nevada, Cory (Bridget) Ott of Dubuque, Jennifer (Dustin) Farnsworth of Adair, Chad (Tiffaney) Ott of Nevada, Katie (Nicolas) Laubscher of Carroll, and Jessica (Michael Larson) Ott of Grand Junction; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.


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