Charles Edward Ott, 66, passed away unexpectedly from a heart condition June 14, 2018 in his McCloud, California home.
Charles was born in Redding, California May 6, 1952. His family roots are in Oklahoma. He was proud of his Native American heritage and was a card carrying member of the Choctaw Nation.
He grew up in Redding, graduated from Enterprise High School and married the pastor’s daughter, Beverly Parks, in November 1970.
He joined the Air Force during the Vietnam War. He loved helping children and teens and after the Air Force started a Christian School at Hillside Church (known back then as Twin View Church).
He and Bev became Camp Administrators of Mt. Lassen Assemblies of God campground for six years. During that time he became an Ordained minister and pastored a small group of churchgoers in Mineral.
In 1989, he moved back to Redding to work as a teacher at Bethel Christian School and received his BA from Simpson College. He became a principal and teacher at Word of Life Christian School in Burney for two years until he moved to McCloud to become the Pastor of Calvary Christian Center where he pastored for 24 years til the day God called him home.
He recently retired from 20-plus years at the US Postal Service. He was actively serving on various boards in the McCloud community and was the Chaplain of the McCloud Fire Department.
If you got a chance to talk with him, you probably never forgot him. As he would often say, “Ott” is the name you “ought” to remember. He lived his life serving and loving others.
Chuck was happily married to Beverly for 47 years.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly; daughter Amanda and son-in-law, Carson Estes, brother, Rod Ott; sister, Terri Eggebraaten; grandchildren: Brooke, Aiden, Carson, and Halley; and other family and friends.
A memorial service will be held June 30 at 11 a.m. at McCloud High School.
In lieu of flowers donations in Chuck’s name may be made to Teen Challenge, Redding; Convoy of Hope; Rural Compassion or Calvary Christian Center.