Gerry Allen Ott

1964 - 2021

South Bend


Gerry Allen Ott, 56, of South Bend, Indiana, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away unexpectedly at Saint Joseph Medical Center on Friday, March 12th.  Gerry is survived by his husband, Scott Wilson, 53; daughter Danielle Ott, 34; son, Jordan Ott, 32; and grandson, Paxton Holdeman, 8 all of Goshen. He is also survived by his mother, Suzanne Sharp Robinette in Bryan, Ohio; and 2 sisters, Connie Fox of Kalamazoo and Tina Miller of Kendallville.  Gerry grew up in Goshen, Indiana, and spent the majority of his life there, attending Goshen High School, raising a family and then working as a plant manager of Excel Rubber.  In 2011, he took on a new endeavor and opened Mishawaka Antiques with his husband Scott and that’s when he bloomed and came out of his shell. 

  It was the joy of everyone around him to see Gerry really come into his element in most recent years. His creativity and ability to create with his hands really flourished, and was evident in the furniture pieces, upcycled projects, and repurposed treasures he created. 

Gerry's heart and desire to experience life grew even bigger at the birth of his grandson, Paxton, who he loved to talk about and show off pictures of. He cherished Paxton, along with his fur babies, CJ and Gemma, who all turned him into a big softie and helped him show off his gentle spirit and generous heart even more. 

Travel and new experiences fueled Gerry. Whether it be a trip to New Orleans, Las Vegas, or even the casino, it was always fun to see how excited he would get. He truly had the appreciation for discovering new things like a child would. Seeing Gerry enthralled made those around him feel joy. He and Scott created many memories over their lifetime together. Their adventurous spirits complimented each other well, and when you saw the two of them arrive you knew a good time was going to be had. 

Gerry felt passionate about so many things: Notre Dame Football, animals, and most especially, his family and friends. Gerry always chose kindness. He always chose to be gentle. He always chose to see the best in people. And because of that, we are all better for knowing him. Witnessing Gerry take chances and choose happiness in his life has been an inspiration to so many. 

The void left by Gerry's absence is felt deeply, which is proof that he lived his life exactly how one should, full of love, free of regrets, and with a gentle heart ready to bring comfort to anyone. 

There are no words to say how much Gerry will be missed. His heart, his personality, and his energy were incredibly pure. He never wanted to hurt and only wanted to help the people close to him. 

He made a difference. 

“In one of those stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing when you look at the sky at night. And when your sorrow is comforted (time soothes all sorrows) you will be content that you have known me. You will always be my friend...I shall not leave you.”

No services will be held.  Hahn Funeral Home has been entrusted with handling the arrangements.

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Pat Eddy

March 22, 2021 3:58 PM

My prayers for the family who lost one of the nicest people I’ve been blessed to know. Gerry was always caring and willing to help if you needed it. He will be greatly missed.

Janet Ermis

March 21, 2021 10:31 AM

Scott, We were so sadden to hear about Gerry yesterday. when we stopped in. He was always such a delight to chat with. Hugs to you and his whole family.

Linda taylor

March 19, 2021 1:29 PM

Oh Scott I  just heard and am so very sorry. I have so many wonderful memories of our times together. You and Gerry treated me so special, full of kindness and love. He was a wonderful man, so sweet and genuine.  He will never be forgotten. Love to you Scott. You now have a special angel watching over you. 💙

Debra Gant

March 18, 2021 4:17 PM

Gerry was my boss for 15 years at Excel Rubber. He was a funny and fun loving guy, do anything for you and an all around sweet and cool person. I'm so so sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers🙏 for the family.

Pamela Showalter

March 18, 2021 2:01 PM

Although I did not know Gerry or Scott that well, I've meant them several times.  I got to know them through my sister Patricia Kaska,who thinks the world of these guys.  She has shared many great stories about them, I know they have helped her in many ways.  I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Gerry, I know this is a huge loss for Scott. I will pray for all of you.

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