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Arthur L. Ott

December 29, 1930 January 1, 2007
Arthur L. Ott
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Peoria- Arthur L. “Buzz” Ott, 76, of Peoria died 3:59 am January 1, 2007 at his residence surrounded by his family. He was born December 29, 1930 in Hillsboro, IL. to Chester and Ella Blanche Young Ott. He married Emma Lou Ifft on August 14, 1955 in Fairbury, IL. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Dr. Hal (Gay) Ott of Ellensburg, WA., and Bill (Joan) Ott of Peoria; two brothers, Kenneth (Ann) Ott of Peoria and Jim (Betty) Ott of Hillsboro; two sisters; Nona (Ed) Ware of Hillsboro and Mary Jo Kenney of Hillsboro; six grandchildren, Emily, Jeffrey, Isabella, Anders, Anna and Jeremy; fifty nieces and nephews in Peoria and Hillsboro. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Royce Jack Ott and Larry Ott, and his sister, Eloise Carter. Ott, a 1949 Hillsboro High School graduate, was point guard for two state-tournament basketball teams. His senior year, he was also the captain of the ‘49 Hiltopper team that advanced to the championship game of the IHSA state tournament before losing to Mt. Vernon. In his junior year, Ott was named to the Champaign News-Gazette All-State second team, and in his senior year earned first team All-State honors. After high school he attended Bradley University in Peoria where he played college basketball and captained the Bradley Braves both his junior and senior years. In his senior year at the university he earned the honor of Most Valuable Player. Ott was a member of the 1950-51 team that finished with a record of 32-6 and advanced to the National Campus Tournament championship game. Ott graduated from Bradley University in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Since his graduation, he has been inducted the Bradley University Hall of Fame. Following graduation, he served two years as 1st Lieutenant in the United States Marines Corps. stationed in Korea. After coaching basketball, football, and baseball at Lawrenceville and Hillsboro High Schools, he moved his family to Peoria and became Administrator at Highview Nursing Center from 1960 until 1984 when he became Administrator at Riverview Retirement Center and Home Health-Circle of Life until retiring in 1995. He then became part owner of Illini Golf with his son Bill. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He also was a member of the Elks Club, Bradley B Club and was an avid golfer. Cremation Rites will be accorded. Memorial services will be Friday at 11:00 am at Trinity Lutheran Church. Pastor James Bettermann officiating. Visitation will be Thursday 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Wright and Salmon Mortuary. Further visitation will be one hour before services at church on Friday. Private burial of ashes will be in Oakgrove Cemetery in Hillsboro at a later date. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Concordia Lutheran School or Bradley Braves Club. Tributes and online condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com.

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