Macoupin County Genealogical Society - Jarid Ott Obituary and Memories of Jarid from Friends

Jarid Ott, Corresponding Secretary

Memories from Friends

Jarid Ott

Jarid L Ott, 73, of Staunton, IL, passed away at his home on Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 6:13 pm. He was in the company of his wife and daughters. He was born August 20, 1941, in Litchfield, IL to Robert A Ott & Nigel B (Coalson) Ott. He married Judith K (Paris) Ott on September 2, 1961 at St. Michael's the Archangel Church in Staunton, IL.

Mr. Ott worked as a Civil Engineer for the State of Illinois and the engineering firm of Sverdrup and Parcel in St. Louis, MO for several years. In 1975, he made a complete career change and worked for Metropolitan Insurance for the next 31 years, retiring in 2006.

At the time of his death, Jarid was the Corresponding Secretary for the Macoupin County Genealogical Society and had previously been involved with the ITS Trail Organization. Jarid enjoyed many hobbies, among them traveling with Judy, spending time with his three grandchildren, working in his yard and Cardinal Baseball.

He is survived by his spouse of 53 years, Judith Kay (Paris) Ott of Staunton, IL, daughters, Cynthia (Michael) Peters, Kimberly (Richard) Garde, grandchildren, Victoria Peters (Matthew Valdez), Rachelle Garde (Ross Bellm), & Zachary Garde. Jarid was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at St Paul's United Church of Christ, Staunton, IL from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Funeral services are Friday, April 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM at St Paul's United Church of Christ, Staunton, IL with Pastor Debbie J Atkins officiating. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Livingston, IL. Memorials are suggested to Siteman Cancer Center, Fight The Fight or Macoupin County Genealogical Society.

Memories from Friends:

Cindy Leonard, writes,
"I was thinking about some of the stories I could tell about Jarid.  He first made contact with us when we celebrated our 25th anniversary. He soon after joined our group and spent probably the first year of membership sitting back and observing our group. I would have to go back in the Searchers to see just when he became our Corresponding Secretary. He did so much more than that job description. Among the things I think of is the time he decided it was time to hang all the framed pictures in the genealogy room to give us more shelf space on top of the cabinets.  He was the “ramrod” of that project and he and Chuck and our son-in-law Tim measured the walls and the size of each picture we were going to put on the walls. In about a week, he came back with a drawing of the walls and which picture went in what spot. And that is what you see today.  He created an Excel file of our library collection and added new publications as they arrived. He and several members had the discussion about newsletters being sent to members electronically like other organizations have started to do. Of course our group has several members who do not use computers and so we still need to send out for awhile. I was just informed by the family of our first president that she is no longer able to see to read the quarterlies. I’m wondering if it is time to resurrect my off the wall idea of putting them on voice recordings for that very reason. Oh well, lots of memories of Jarid and his impact on our group. I told some friends last nite that I may have to put an ad in the newspaper for a new corresponding secretary……."

Dwayne Wrightsman shares:
Jarid received old photos and documents found in Washington State and asked if anyone knew about the family involved.  I emailed him and told him that the photos and documents were those of the Gibson family, especially those who went to Washington each year to harvest apples.  I advised him to see Velma [Gibson] Hamilton in Virden, which he did, after he prepared a wonderful display of the photos and returning all the items to Velma.  At that time, Velma and her husband Dave Hamilton were already in their late 90s (or early 100s), but they were very happy to meet Jarid and to see the items that had been lost for many years.  A few years later both Velma and Dave died, but I believe their daughter Phyllis might still live in Virden.  I have a copy of the photos that Jarid put together and think (hope) I stored them in my computer.  Would that be what you are looking for? Click to read about Jarid's visit to the Hamilton residence.
Jarid returns Gibson Family documents to the family.

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