Joseph Alfred Mott

Joseph Alfred Mott

Joseph Alfred Mott, age 88, died Tuesday, September 11, 2012 as the result of a farming accident. He was born in Milwaukee, on September 1, 1924. On June 5, 1948 Joe married Margaret Martin in Baraboo. Joe was a WWII Veteran, after returning from serving in Japan, he moved to Madison, WI and worked at Oscar Meyers for a short period of time before starting his 25 year career with Kroger’s/Piggly Wiggly Grocery Stories. He was the Manager in Dodgeville, Stevens Point and lastly at Richland Center’s Piggly Wiggly.

He and Margaret started farming in 1966 on a farm at the end of Buckhorn Rd in Richland Center. There, they milked cows, raised chickens, sheep, and horses. Joe and Margaret were foster parents for 100’s of children and many still part of their life today. He was a member of the Richland County Board for many years, Dayton Township Chairman for many years, Kiwanis, Mason, American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Joe loved to farm but he missed the public life so he bought and managed Dayton Hills Tavern for many years. Joe is well known for his latest venture, Joe’s Bar and Grill, sweet corn, chicken eggs and tom foolery. He loved to snowmobile, bowl, play euchre, ping pong, and yes, still played volleyball with the kids and grandkids. Many a young person learned to water-ski behind Joe’s boat. In May, Joe attended a Badger Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. to view the memorials. He highly recommended those who haven’t gone and can do so, to go. Joe had a love of people, serving them or helping them.

Joe is survived by his devoted loving wife of 64 years, Margaret Martin-Mott, Daughters: Carol (Blaine) Priebusch of Reeseville, Marjorie (Michael) Murphy of Seymour, Joanne (Ed) Welsh of Richland Center, Marcia Mott of Montana Son: Gary (Corrina) Mott of Richland Center.  19 Grandchildren; Mike (Keri Kellner) Winterfelt, Chris Winterfelt, Kristen (Chad) DeNure, Robert, Sean and Ryan Murphy, Michele (Jim) Russell, Jason (Rose Ann) Welsh, Justin (Lauren) Welsh, Tamara, Terry (Kristen Vest) Lohmiller and Daniel Lohmiller who is currently serving in Afghanistan. Brandon, Ashley and Darren Mott Heather (Matt) Wolfe, Alicia Milde, Daisha and Desiree Edwards, 8 Great Grand Children; Kayden and Cora DeNure, Paige and Max Russell, Alexander Welsh, Deven and Timmy Lohmiller, Lilianna Brandt.  Sister, Pat (Don) Lorenzen of Wisconsin Dells, Sister-in-law, Paulette Bender of Baraboo, many other relatives, and friends.  Joe is preceded in death by sister in-law and brother in-law, Eva and Lloyd Haas of Florida, brother in-law, Gordon Martin and brother-Richard Bender of Baraboo, and Son in-law Jim Stowell of Hillsboro.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 1:00 PM at the Pratt Memorial Chapel. Burial will be held at the Brown Cemetery at a later date. Military rites will be provided by the Local Military Memorial Honors Unit. Friends may call at the Pratt Community Hall on Friday, September 14, 2012 from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM. The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service of Richland Center is assisting the family with their arrangements. Online condolences can be made at