William I. Ott, Jr., age 78 of Pitman, NJ passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2012. Born in Mantua, NJ, he had been a resident of Pitman since 1959. Bill graduated from Pitman High School, Class of 1952 where he served as class Vice President and was a recipient of the Gold Star Memorial Award for athletics. Bill’s family farmed throughout South Jersey. After high school he enlisted in the Navy and later worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard where he retired in 1989 as Superintendent of Woodworkers. Bill enjoyed hunting & fishing with his sons and grandson and he was a member of the Delsea Beagle Club in Elmer and the Red Top Gun Club. He was also a member of the Mantua Masonic Lodge #95 for 50 years.
Husband of the late Norma B. (nee Jackson), he is survived by son, William I. Ott, III and his wife Carol of Alloway, NJ and their son William I. Ott IV., and son, Steven R. Ott, Sr. and his wife Annette of Wilmington, DE, and their children, Angela, Alicia, Maria, and Steven Jr. He was predeceased by his sisters: Catherine Schnee and her husband Ralph, and Ruth Cattell and her husband Art.
Relatives and friends may visit with the family from 6 - 8 PM Friday, December 7 and 10 - 11 AM Saturday, December 8 at Smith Funeral Home,47 Main St.,Mantua,NJwhere a funeral service will be held at 11 AM. Interment will be in Wenonah Cemetery. Contributions in Bill's memory may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 3 Eves Dr,Marlton,NJ08053. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.smithfhmantua.com.