Perry Harrison Ott, 89, of Crane died May 12.
He was a patriarch, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend of many.
Perry was born Nov. 8, 1923, and epitomized Tom Brokaw’s definition of “The Greatest Generation.” Growing up as a young child during the Great depression, leaving school in the eighth grade to work, serving in the Army during World War II (earning an American Theatre Service medal, European African Middle Eastern Service medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, Victory medal, Good Conduct medal and Rifle Expert medal), then saving his pennies driving log trucks for years so he could finally create a family legacy by purchasing the Spurlock Ranch at the tender age of 50.
After being honorably discharged from the Army, he met, and shortly after married Gladys Payne on Feb. 16, 1947. They raised four children who have also grown up to be wonderful parents and grandparents.
He will be remembered for being a “Gentleman’s Cowboy,” having a quirky sense of humor, befriending every stray dog that passed by and having amazing war stories that were told over and over again.
Perry is survived by his wife, Gladys; two sons, Dr. Gail Ott of Lake Oswego and Terry Ott of Crane; daughter, Susan Joyce of Ontario; two brothers, Don Ott of Eugene and John Ott of Days Creek; two sisters, Dorothy Thompson of Vale and Lela Troyer of Oakridge; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Dale Ott of Days Creek.
A graveside service was held Saturday, May 18, at the Spurlock Ranch in Crane.
Contributions in Perry Ott’s memory may be made to the Dollars for Scholars – Dale Thomas Ott Scholarship Fund and mailed to Susanna Dagler, P.O. Box 10, Days Creek, OR. 97429.
The online book for the family may be signed at www.lafolletteschapel.com
LaFollette’s Chapel was in charge of funeral arrangements.