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Bernard F. Ott, Sr.

Bernard F. Ott, Sr.

Wednesday, January 2nd, 1929 - Monday, September 21st, 2020
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Obituary

Bernard Francis Ott, Sr, 91, of Waco, passed away on September 21, 2020. Visitation will be Sunday, September 27, at Oakcrest Funeral Home from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The Rosary will be September 28, at 9:30 AM at St Louis Catholic Church followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.

Bernard was born in Cuero, Texas on January 2, 1929 to William James Ott and Annie Rose (Kahanek) Ott. When he was 7 years old, his family moved to Austin, then to Waco in 1940. He met Dorothy Dell Ganus at Sacred Heart Academy in 1942 and they started dating in 1947. He and Dorothy married at St. Mary’s Church on November 14, 1951.

Bernard began working in the accounting department of the Waco Tribune Herald in the late 1940’s and later transferred to the circulation department. In 1952 he joined the Texas National Guard and was called to active duty in 1953. He was stationed in Tokyo, Japan for 18 months as the Korean War was ending. He was discharged as a sergeant in March 1955. Following retirement from the Waco Tribune Herald in 1989 after 43 years of employment, Bernard worked at the Army and Air Force Exchange Services for five years. After retiring the second time, he enjoyed spending time landscaping his yard.

He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church and served on the Board for St Mary’s school as well as the Board for Reicher Catholic High School.

He was preceded in death by his infant twin sons, his parents, and his brother William Ott.

Bernard is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Dorothy, and their six children: Bernard Jr. and wife, Cynthia of Waco, James and wife, Margaret of Arlington, Rose Hutyra and husband, Jeff of Round Rock, Stephen Ott of Waco, Robert and wife, Rachel of Houston, and Brian and wife, Juli of Austin. Bernard leaves behind eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Ann Mary Hendrix and husband Floyd, and several nieces and nephews.

Bernard was a living portrait of commitment, self-sacrifice, and devotion. He loved his wife, Dorothy, dearly and set an enduring example for his children and grandchildren. He always put the needs of others before his own. Bernard enjoyed being surrounded by family, especially during holidays and Aggie football games.
Pallbearers are Andrew Ott, Christopher Ott, Christian Ott, Bryce Ott, Tyler Ott, Stephen Sparks, and Sam Moody.

For those wishing to do so, please send memorials in the name of Bernard Francis Ott, Sr. to Bishop Louis Reicher Catholic School, 2102 N. 23rd St., Waco, Texas 76708.

We would like to thank the staff at St. Catherine’s Center, Visiting Angels, Providence Hospice, and Providence Hospital.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, September 27th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    When
    Sunday, September 27th, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Location
    OakCrest Funeral Home
    Address
    4520 Bosque Boulevard
    WACO, TX 76710
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    SUNDAY, SEPT 27, 2020 Come and go viewing and visiting with the Ott family will be 3 - 5 pm Sunday, Sept 27, at OakCrest Funeral Home. Social distancing and masks required.
  • Service

    Monday, September 28th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Monday, September 28th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    St. Louis Catholic Church
    Address
    2001 N. 25th St
    WACO, TX 76708
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    Notes
    ROSARY SERVICE Rosary will be recited prior to the mass at 9:30 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church. Social distancing and masks are required. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL 10 a.m. Monday, Sept 28, at St. Louis Catholic Church (See map)
    Officiant
    Father Ryan Higdon
  • Interment

    Location
    Oakwood Cemetery
    Address
    2124 S. 5th Street
    WACO, TX 76706
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Kathy Miller

Posted at 09:32pm
Dorothy, I am so very sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed seeing Bernard and talking to him. I apologize for this note being late. I just heard today that he had passed. I also apologize for not being there for you Dorothy.
Kathy Miller
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Mel Ganus

Posted at 04:58am
Circa 1968? I’m the baby girl splashing with our dad, William Ganus, younger brother of Dorothy, brother-in-law to Bernard. I remember loving all my cousins and enjoying every chance we got to come visit y’all. The zip line in the backyard was a favorite we would always be eager to come back to. Sending you enormous amounts of love and gratitude for including us in the family!
 
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Mel Ganus Posted at 04:59am

duplicate - please remove this entry. Can’t tell if photo uploaded.
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Mel Ganus

Posted at 04:57am
Found this old photo from 1968 or ‘69. Cia hadn’t arrived yet. I’m the baby girl splashing with our dad, William Ganus, younger brother of Dorothy, brother-in-law to Bernard. I remember loving all my cousins and enjoying every chance we got to come visit y’all. Rides on the zip line in your backyard will always be favorite memories! Sending you all enormous amounts of love.
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Linda Senior Reed

Posted at 01:57pm
My father George Senior worked with Mr. Ott at the Waco Tribune and served in the National Guard. Dorothy and my mother were good friends. As a child I remember visits between our two families. My God provide peace and comfort. Your family is in our prayers. Linda Senior Reed
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Carolyn Redden

Posted at 09:36pm
I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for everyone.
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