Robert Carl "Bob" Ott, Sr., 71, born on October 11, 1952, passed away peacefully at his home in Copperas Cove on Friday, January 5, 2024. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend, as well as for his vibrant personality and dedication to helping others.
Bob had a diverse career path. After completing his General Education degree, he enlisted in the Army and was stationed at Fort Hood, TX. Following his military service, Bob worked for the Department of Labor at Fort Hood for several years before transitioning to other forms of employment. Eventually, he returned to Fort Hood as a counselor and remained there until his retirement.
Throughout his life, Bob demonstrated an unwavering commitment to caring for others. He possessed an innate desire to do what was right and always went above and beyond for the people around him. His compassionate nature touched the lives of everyone he encountered.
Family was of utmost importance to Bob, and he treasured the bond he shared with his loved ones.
Bob met the love of his life, Faye Marie (Hardenbrook) Ott, while working at Fort Hood. Through thick and thin, they supported each other wholeheartedly in their respective endeavors and shared a deep commitment to making a positive difference in the world.
He maintained an especially close connection with his grandkids and cherished the time spent talking to them on the phone. Their relationships were founded on love, support, and a shared commitment to one another.
Education played a significant role in Bob's life, and he pursued knowledge relentlessly. He earned his associate's degree from Central Texas College and continued his education at the American Technological University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree. Bob's dedication to learning allowed him to thrive both personally and professionally.
One of Bob's most remarkable qualities was his ability to bring joy into any room he entered. Almost everyone loved him for his infectious sense of humor and charismatic personality. He was known as a jokester who could lighten any mood and bring laughter to those around him. Watching others smile brought him immense happiness.
In addition to making people laugh, Bob had several hobbies that brought fulfillment to his life. He enjoyed gardening vegetables, finding solace in nurturing plants that yielded abundant produce. Crime shows and news programs were among his favorite things to watch, allowing him to stay informed about current events. Playing electronic slot machines provided moments of relaxation and excitement for Bob, while smoking cigars and spending time with animals brought him peace and contentment. He was also an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.
Bob's proudest accomplishment was his faith in Christianity, which gave him the strength to be sober for 30 years. His unwavering belief in God allowed him to overcome challenges and become an inspiration to others facing similar struggles.
Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Donald Ott and Margaret (Besore) Ott, his brother, Jeffery Ott, and his grandson, Matthew Spicer. He is survived by his devoted wife of 31 years, Faye; four sons: Donny Ott and wife Carissa, Bobby Ott and wife Nicole, Michael Hopper and wife Theresa, and Troy Hopper; his two daughters: Robin Black and husband Bill and Tera Spicer and husband David; his sister, Deborah Pratt; ten grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and his beloved dog, Missy, who brought him immense joy during the later years of his life.
Bob will be remembered for his zest for life, infectious laughter, genuine kindness toward others, and unwavering dedication to his family. His memory will forever live on in the hearts of all those fortunate enough to have known him. May he rest in eternal peace.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation to your local VFW.
A special thank you to family and friends for their support and care.
Arrangements are under the direction of Sabrina Young at Young's Daughters Funeral Home and Bereavement Center. A memorial service is expected at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery; date forthcoming.