Ronald J. Mott

Born: Thu., Jun. 11, 1936
Died: Mon., Jul. 17, 2017


Visitation

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Jul. 25, 2017
Location: Frist Funeral Home


Private Family Graveside service

12:00 PM Wed., Jul. 26, 2017
Location: Frist Funeral Home


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The turntables and CD players have been turned off for the final time.  The “Music Meister,” or “RM in the AM,” has left the studio.  All of those wonderful old tunes and stories have been silenced...no more “ear worms” many people had when he played fun or unusual songs.  He not only played so many of our favorites, he had stories about the songs, artists, and often movies associated with the music.  Unfortunately, for his family, friends, and so many people who listened to him for years, Ronn was taken from us by complications from a recent fall.  To say he will be missed is a gross understatement.  He was 81.  

In recent years, he not only continued to play songs on WAXI 104.9 FM on Sunday mornings, he also wrote opinion columns for the Tribune-Star.  Oh yes, he had opinions and would happily discuss his views with anyone who cared to participate.  Intelligent, well read, and an amateur historian, he was an expert on the Civil War and World War II.  He could discuss almost any subject and was occasionally referred to as a walking dictionary.  A powerful presence, he could command a room with his extensive knowledge of people, places and events.  

He was born in Hillsdale, Indiana and was a typical Hoosier basketball fan.   Having played basketball (and ran track) in school, he was an avid sports fan.  He loved watching his favorite teams...his grandsons’ Lacrosse games when he was visiting them in Canada, ISU basketball, IU basketball, all of the tournaments, the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, and the Green Bay Packers.  He was a 1954 graduate of Clinton High School.

Ronn is survived by his wife, Deanna Thompson Mott, daughter Kathryn Caris (Perry), grandsons Nicholas Caris and Alexander Caris, brother Gary Mott (Martha), neice Dawn Hughes (Jonathan), nephews DiLowell Mott (Sue) and Damon Mott (Deanna), step sons Bobby Thompson (Robin) and Jay Thompson (Dove), cousin and often sidekick on the radio, Doris Mae Frisse (David), cousins Juanita Gross, Levon Braydon and other family members.  He was preceded in death by a beloved daughter, Laura, his parents Marsonne and Forest Mott, grandparents James Martin and Cory Alice Seward Martin, and John and Mattie Mott, Aunt Etha and Uncle Pearl Jackson, and many other aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 25th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM and Wednesday morning from 10:00 until services at noon at Frist Funeral Home, 458 Blackman Street in Clinton, Indiana.  Burial will be in Thomas Cemetery in Newport, Indiana.

So, Ronn, we wish you love, peace, and an amazing journey as you are welcomed into the arms of the Great Spirit and reunited with your sweet Laura, your parents, grandparents, and other loved ones who have gone before you.  We hope somewhere you can hear “Old Blue Eyes” singing, I Did It My Way.  When you were born the mold wasn’t merely broken, it was shattered!  You were, indeed, one of a kind.  We thank you for entertaining us in so many ways during the 81 years you walked on this Earth with us.  

As for your family, friends and listeners, you have left a permanent, empty space in our hearts that can never be filled.  You truly are Unforgettable.  

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Gene Dick
   Posted Wed July 19, 2017
I am deeply saddened by our loss of The Mott Man as he was always the voice on the radio and a joy in person. He took my place at WPRS in Paris, Illinois back in 1953 and found his passion for radio journalism. What a career! I will miss his grand style and his robust conversations as we connected over the years at the Clinton High School Reunions. I was looking forward to seeing him at our 63rd this coming September. He has a special place in my heart and my prayers...but I feel certain he will be broadcasting in Heaven.

Suzie Crowder
   Posted Thu July 20, 2017
Ronn Mott will be missed as much or more than any mortal man! Have missed his newspaper commentaries lately - and his Sunday morning radio show on my way to Church! Both he and his wife were my customers at the Hallmark shop at Meadows Shopping Center when they lived on the south side! I always enjoyed talking with them. Ronn was also a good childhood friend of my husband's cousin, Johnny Ferguson, from Clinton. Love and prayers to the family!

Jack R. Rivera
   Posted Thu July 20, 2017
So sorry to hear of Ron's passing, he was a great guy, and friend. I have known Ron since grade school, and all through high school, the class of 54 will miss him, please accept my condolences.

Mae Williamson McDonnell
   Posted Thu July 20, 2017
Rest in Peace. My condolences to the family.

Dan Reynolds
   Posted Fri July 21, 2017
My condolences to Ronn's family and friends. God Bless you, Ronn.

Julie White
   Posted Fri July 21, 2017
So sorry we lost Ronn. My first boss out of college...it was great working top 10 radio with him and our wonderful crew that he put together. Ronn gave so many their very good start at a career and remained our cheer leader thereafter. Deanna and Kate, my condolences...I miss him too.

Scott Novotney
   Posted Fri July 21, 2017
Many thanks to you, Ronn Mott, for giving so many people something to look forward to each morning for so many years! Nearly every time I've heard a great, classic tune over the years, I've thought of you because I most likely learned the tune from you. I know many of us will continue to remember you through the music, trivia, and historical facts we associate with you. Sending my condolences and warm regards to your family.

John Ferguson
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
SADNESS FILLS MY HEART AS I DIDN'T GET TO SAY GOODBYE TO MY FAVORITE COUSIN, THAT MORE LIKE A BROTHER. WE WERE APART FOR MOST OF OUR LIVES, AS I LEFT WHILE HE WAS STILL IN SCHOOL AND HEADED TO HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA CHASING MY DREAM, BUT AFTER THREE YEARS, ENDED UP IN OKLAHOMA MARRIED TO A TULSA GIRL. THEN MADE A CAREER IN RADIO/TV BROADCASTING IN OKC. WELL, DURING THAT TIME, RON WAS GROWING UP, AND THEN DECIDED HE WAS GOING TO DO WHAT I WAS DOING, AND GET IN THE RADIO BUSINESS. WHEN I WAS GROWING UP IN CLINTON, RON TOOK OVER BEING YOUNGEST IN LINE OF COUSINS, LIKE I HAD BEEN. HE SPENT A LOT OF TIME AT OUR HOUSE BECAUSE OF MY MOTHER, NORA, HIS AUNT. HE WAS MORE LIKE ANOTHER SON. SOMETIMES THINGS WERE NOT ALWAYS THE BEST FOR HIM, AND HE LOVED MY MOM, AS SHE LOVED HIM. THEN AFTER I LEFT,HE WAS STILL AROUND, AND THEN HIS BROTHER, GARY HAD COME ALONG. WE WERE APART FOR ALL THOSE YEARS, BUT ALWAYS CONNECTED SOME WAY, AS WE GOT OLDER. IT ALWAYS MADE ME SO PROUD THAT HE WOULD TELL ME THAT I WAS AN INFLUENCE IN WHAT HE CHOSE TO DO, AND TO BE. HE WAS SO SMART, FUNNY, DEFINITELY HAD OPIONS, AND LET YOU KNOW, WITHOUT EVEN ASKING, WHAT THEY WERE. HE COULD JUSTIFY THEM MORE TIMES THAN NOT, AS HE WAS WELL READ, ENJOYED HISTORY, SO KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT OUR FAMILY HISTORY, THE CIVIL WAR AND WWII AS WELL. ALWAYS LOVED HEARING FROM HIM, BUT NOW REALIZE, I'LL HAVE TO CHECK IN ON MY WONDERFUL MEMORIES OF THOSE LIMITED, BUT CHERISHED TIMES WE SAW EACH OTHER, OR TALKED. HE WAS EXCEPTIONAL, AND SO PROUD OF HIM AND THAT HE WAS PART OF MY FAMILY, AND WE LOVED HIM GREATLY. I WILL, RON, MISS YOU VERY MUCH, AND EVEN THOUGH IT WAS NOT ALL THAT OFTEN, YOU WERE INDELIBLY ETCHED IN MY HEART AND MIND, AND WILL BE FOREVER MORE. GOD IS WAITING FOR YOU TO HEAR SOME OF THOSE STORIES YOU TELL. REST IN PEACE, MY DEAR, LOVING COUSIN. john ferguson

Gene Rump
   Posted Wed July 26, 2017
Ronn was the first person to give me a shot at my very own radio show! Not as an "announcer" but as a personality. He taught me the power radio could have. He inspired me and so many others! During my last conversation with Ronn he tried to talk me out of moving to KAKE in Wichita! I stayed there for 16 years! Thanks Ronn and fond memories !

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