Thurman Alson (Sam) Ott, 98, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, June 23, 2016. In his final hours, his loving family was at his side. He was a resident of Eddy Village Green in Cohoes, beginning September 2012.
He was the beloved husband of the late Clara Jackson Ott whom he married on August 16, 1941.
Born in Troy at the Samaritan Hospital on April 3, 1918, he was given the name of the doctor that delivered him. He was the son of the late Philip Joseph and Ida Mae Germond Ott.
Following his graduation from School 18 in Troy, his family of seven moved from Sycaway to Lansingburgh where he was a member of the graduating Class of 1936 at LHS.
Sam served his country in the United States Army, a Veteran of World War II. He was a sergeant under General Patton, serving with honor and compassion with the 90th Infantry Division in the European Theater of Operations. He served in four major campaigns, including the Battle of the Bulge, and later became a member of the local chapter of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge.
He was self-employed in the milk business, Ott's Dunshire Dairy.
Sam attended H.V.C.C. studying Electronics which he put to use repairing televisions as a hobby. Creative and inventive, he was issued a U.S. Government patent in 1973.
Over the course of his working life, he had a variety of occupations, employed by Dairylea, and was a Sales Representative for Investor's Diversified Services. He retired from the Hobart Corporation.
He has been a member of the former St. Mark's Methodist, the United Methodist Church of Lansingburgh, and the Cornerstone Community Church since 1940. Over the years he served as Lay Leader, Sunday School Teacher, President of the Men's Club, member of the Bowling League, and Communion Steward. He also enjoyed many summers with his family at his camp at The Methodist Farm on Crooked Lake.
With a positive attitude and a dry sense of humor, Sam enjoyed life every day. He loved his family, music, dancing and was a loyal Red Sox fan.
Sam is survived by his daughters, Lynn I. (Michael) Smith, Janis L. (Kevin) Kralovic, and Wendy S. (Michael) Corrigan; his grandchildren, Meghan L. (Matthew) Baltich, Kelsey J. Corrigan, and Graeme K. Corrigan; his great granddaughter, Katherine L. Baltich, his sister, Naomi Crandall (late Cornelius) and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, Claire, he was predeceased by his siblings, Mildred (Steven) Spiak, Arnold (Elizabeth) Ott, Ann (Wesley) Love, and his niece, Barbara Rochester.
Funeral service will be 11:00 am on Friday, July 1, 2016 at McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, corner of 109th Street and Third Avenue, Lansingburgh with Pastor Allen Siebold officiating. Burial with full military honors will be private at Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Calling hours will be on Thursday, June 30, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Sam may be made to House 22, Eddy Village Green, 22 Pasinella Way, Cohoes NY 12047.
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Eddy Village Green
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