Elton K. “Ott” Gingrich, 87, of Big Rapids, passed away on March 16, 2017 at the Brook surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Reed City, the son of Royal E. and Faye (Ulrey) Gingrich.
Ott graduated from Reed City High School in 1947. He graduated from Ferris Institute in 1951 where he starred in football, basketball and golf. Ott spent his retirement years promoting Ferris. He earned a master’s degree in Education from Michigan State University. He served as principal at Caro High School for 25 years. Ott loved people and served in many community organizations.
He is survived by Helen (Fairman) , his wife of 66 years, four children; Patrick (Sue) of Diamondale, Mary (Jon Donnell) of Sarasota, FL, Carrie (David Christianson) of Carmel, IN and Peter of Scottsdale, AZ, three grandchildren, Josie, Gunnar and Elton plus one great granddaughter, Lu.
Ott was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Carroll Gingrich.
A memorial service for Ott will be announced in the Pioneer for a date later in the Spring.