Christopher Michael Bott was born August 7, 1959 in Danville, IL, and passed away on April 19, 2021. He was a devoted son of Thomas and Catherine Bott and a loving brother to five siblings who gave him many nieces and nephews he adored. He attended Bishop Schlarman High School and graduated from St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana where he met his best friend, Susie. They were a “Puma couple” and were married for 35 funfilled years. Together, they raised seven children: Colleen, Charlie, Andy, Jack, David, Jimmy, and Danny.
Chris was devoted to his family and his faith. He was active in several parish ministries, filming Mass for the homebound, serving as a Eucharistic Minister, volunteering with St. Vincent dePaul, and regularly attending Eucharistic Adoration. Chris attended daily Mass whenever possible and taught his children the importance of living their faith.
After 37 hard-working years in the transportation industry, Chris never passed a semi-truck on the highway without commenting. His colleagues appreciated his quick wit, incredible work ethic, and straightforward leadership. “You always knew where you stood with Chris.” was commonly heard by those who worked for him. Chris made many sacrifices to support his family, sending all his children to Sacred Heart of Jesus School, Archbishop Hoban High School and seven different universities. He continued to support his kids’ schools long after they had graduated. Papa had unfailing dedication to his family, while also modeling a life of service to those less fortunate. He loved playing sports and wrestling with all his kids, watching Notre Dame football, and reading the newspaper. Even when he was traveling across the country, he always made time to be at every game, concert, or awards ceremony for his kids. Dad loved to cook. His spaghetti and meatballs, chili, and Italian beef were classic Bott favorites. These recipes, made with love, live on through his kids. Chris was a wonderful role model who coached his kids and taught life lessons to everyone he met. He often said, “It’s the right thing to do,” and then did it.
He is survived by his mother, five siblings, wife, seven children, and eight beloved grandchildren, who will miss their Papa very much. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations made in his memory to Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Wadsworth or Elves & More at <https://www.elvesandmoreneo.org/>. Chris was an active board member of this organization with a mission to bring free bikes to underprivileged kids in the Akron area.
Visiting hours will be held at Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth on Thursday, April 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. Calling hours will close with a rosary. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, April 23 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 272 Broad St., Wadsworth. Facial coverings will be required at calling hours and Mass. The mass will be live streamed at http://www.shofjesus.com