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Herbert J. (Herbie) Ott

Herbert J. “Herbie” Ott, age 82, of Reedsburg, passed away on Monday, February 8, 2021 at St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo. He was born on September 26, 1938 in Wood County, WI, the son of Joseph and Anna (Matti) Ott. Herbie was a volunteer fireman in Auburndale before moving to WI Dells where he opened a body shop. He then bought Poor Nate’s Bar which he operated full-time from 1980, for over 40 years. He was a member of the Tavern League of Wisconsin and held various offices over the years. Herb sponsored a pool league for the bar and loved playing with the team.  In his free time, he raised buffalo, beef cattle and beefalos and enjoyed riding Harley Davidson motorcycles.  Most of all, Herbie enjoyed his many patrons and friends, who after five minutes with him, became like family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Harold, Bill and Andy Ott, and his sister Helen.

Herbie is survived by his children: Mark (Ruth) Ott of Neillsville, Ken (Christine) Ott of Apache Junction, AZ, Tari McCollough of Reedsburg, and Gary (Lori) Ott of Eleva; grandchildren: Richard (Rochelle) Ott, Jeremy (Jenni) Meddaugh, Jesse (Lisa) Meddaugh, Jacob Ott, Erica (Ryan) Ludwig, Lindsey Ott, Michael (Lacey) Fulk, Amberly Palmer, and Megan (Nick) Sosalla; great-grandchildren: Aleric, Damian, Cole, Katelyn, Carter, Issiah, Danielle, Athena, Parker, Greyson, Gavin, Garrett, Gunner, Gretchen and Gyler; brother Joseph Ott of Illinois; sisters Maryann Townsend of Texas, and Margaret Cada of Florida; many nieces, nephews, along with other relatives and friends.

A visitation celebrating Herb’s life will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2021 from 11:00-2:00 P.M. at the Farber Funeral Home in Reedsburg. There will be a larger gathering to celebrate his life later in the year.