Joseph  Schott II
Joseph V. Schott II, 93, of Williamsburg, died Jan. 9, 2020 at Munson Medical Center, Traverse City surrounded by his loving family.
Joe was born Oct. 29, 1926 in Cincinnati, Ohio the son of Joseph V. and Sylvia Radel Schott.
He grew up in Terrace Park, Ohio and attended Terrace Park School.
On Sept. 17, 1949, he married Roberta Havemann in Terrace Park, Ohio.
Joe served in World War II, a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps and Air Force. He was crew chief of a P-61 Black Widow Nightfighter known as "The Great Speckled Bird".
Upon returning from the service in 1947, Joe went to work at Cincinnati Bell Telephone Co. (CBT) as a lineman/installer. He worked in various positions at CBT, including managing the security division and retired as a district plant manager with 36 years of service.
In 1986, he and his wife moved to Elk Rapids. For more than 30 years he was an elf with the mystery Santa who provided toys to the children of Cincinnati Children's Hospital..... even after moving to Elk Rapids he returned to Cincinnati to help Santa. When Joe was Commander of American Legion Post 237 he started the Children's Christmas Fund that still provides clothing and toys to children in need in the Clermont County, Ohio area.
Joe was also involved in many service organizations and positions within them: past Commander of American Legion Post 237, past president Kilgour Chapter Telephone Pioneers of America, 32nd Degree Mason, past Commander of Grand Traverse Bay Power Squadron, Telephone Pioneers of America, Milford Lodge No. 54, F. & A.M., Syrian Shrine of Cincinnati, Valley of Cincinnati Scottish Rite. Alongside community involvement, Joe had many passions that included: fishing, boating, chair caning, and woodworking. Joe also enjoyed NASCAR, Michigan State Unviversity, and University of Michigan Athletics.
Joe is forever loved by his wife of 70 years, Roberta H. Schott; children, Vicki (Bob) Rafferty, Jay (Barb) and Brian; grandchildren, Janae (Travis) Beuerlein, Josh (Amanda) Schott, T.J. (Anna) Rafferty, Jennifer Rafferty, Andy Schott and Kerry (Joe) Muddiman; great-grandchildren, Logan, Parker and Isabelle Beuerlein, Harper and Tobin Rafferty and Joel Schott.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph V. and Sylvia Schott; brother, Vernon; sister, Vivian Beiser; and great-grandson, Samuel Schott.
A memorial service and military honors for Joe will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. at the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. and last until the time of service.
Those wishing to make a donation in Joe's name are asked to consider The Children's Christmas Fund, PO Box 62065, Cincinnati, OH 45262 or Munson Healthcare Hospice, 1150 Medical Campus Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684.
Visit Joe's tribute page at
Joe and his family are in the care of the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on January 14, 2020


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