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Paul F. Ott

July 4, 1920 - December 2, 2014

OttPaul F. Ott of Gaston, OR died peacefully at home on December 2, 2014.

A Celebration of Life following Chapel Services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, December 13, 2014 in the Gaston Community Church (Formerly Gaston Congregational, United Church of Christ) at 202 Church Street in Gaston.

Paul Ott was born July 4, 1920 at his parents’ farm on Springhill Road. In Gaston, he attended the local school and met the love of his life, Wanda Margaret Hess. Paul and Wanda married May 12, 1940 in Stevenson, WA. Initially they lived in Sisters, OR where Paul worked in a dairy and Wanda finished high school. They worked hard and spent time with friends and riding horses.

Paul and Wanda returned to Gaston in 1942 making it their lifelong home, raising three children Bill, Donna & TeriLyn. In 1944, Paul was drafted and sent overseas during WWII. To support their young family, Paul farmed turkeys with Wanda and worked at the Stimson Saw Mill in Scoggins Valley.

In 1950 Paul purchased the farm from his parents’ estate, running a Grade A dairy as well as a successful farming operation. Paul was never afraid of hard work to “get ahead”. In 1951 Paul and Andy Zagelow formed a small logging group operating for several years.

By 1960, Paul was once again raising turkeys on the family farm. In 1965, Paul began farming onions at Wapato Lake. He partnered with George Beeler to share equipment and building space. He also served as the Water Master and Secretary/Treasurer for the Wapato Improvement District.

In 1993, Paul retired from actively farming to focus on family, travel and hobbies. He was a longtime member of the Gaston Community Church, Gaston Couples Club, the Elks, 4n8ers Square Dance, Plus Knights Square Dance, Flutterwheels Square Dance and Eager Beavers Dance Clubs. He was also an active member of the ASC Committee, Oregon Onion Growers Association and Forest Grove High School FFA Advisory Committee.

In his retirement his special interests were horticulture, raising and driving miniature donkeys and horses, dancing, playing cards, traveling, making bird houses, and spending time with family and friends. He was talented with all things agricultural, building friendships, and fixing/repairing/engineering and creating tools in his shop.

He was preceded in death by his wife Wanda in 2008, after celebrating more than 68 years of marriage, by his parents, Carl Joseph Ott and Josephine Elizabeth Wallenkamp Ott, his brother Carl Ott, sisters Elizabeth Dyrud, Anna Hart, Theresa Brown and son-in-law Pastor Paul Carter.

Paul is survived by son and daughter-in-law Bill and Lynda Ott of Sammamish, Washington; daughter and son-in-law Donna and Rick Goshong of Eugene, Oregon and TeriLyn Carter of Gaston, Oregon; grandchildren Kindra and Clark Brown of Eugene, Oregon; Stacy Drake of Kenmore, Washington; Andrew and Christine Ott of London, United Kingdom and Selina Carter of Gaston, Oregon along with five great-grandchildren, beloved nieces and nephews, and a multitude of extended family and friends.

Remembrances may be made to New Life Christian Fellowship in Gaston or the Gaston Rural Fire Department.

To send the family condolences visit www.fuitenrosehoyt.com

Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home in Forest Grove is in charge of the arrangements. 503-357-2161

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