Memorial for Preston Breckenridge Hott ’51
Springfield, IL—Preston Breckenridge Hott, 90, a long-time Springfield resident and educator, passed away from this life at 6:23 PM Thursday, December 20, 2018 in Fishers, IN.
Pres was born May 29, 1928, in Pana, Illinois, the son of John F. and Louise Abell Hott. He grew up in Assumption, IL, and graduated from Assumption High School. He then attended Millikin University, graduating from Illinois State University in 1950 Pres first taught in Mt Auburn, IL, before marrying Joanne Stublefield in Springfield on June 7, 1953. Together they moved to and taught in East Peoria, IL; later moving on to Springfield, where they both taught for many years in District 186. Pres taught at Feitshans High School, Edison Junior High and Springfield High School, where he served as a counselor, assistant principal, and then principal. He retired in 1983 from the district office as a curriculum director.
Pres and Joanne were active members of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), where Pres was a deacon, elder, board member, and choir member. Pres was also a member of the Vachel Lindsey Association, a docent at the Dana Thomas House, and a Red Coat at Memorial Medical Center. He also served on the Friends of the Lincoln Library Board. Pres was a member of Kedron Masonic Lodge, AF&AM, Mount Auburn, IL, Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Springfield, and Ansar Shrine.
Surviving are his wife, Joanne, of Fishers, IN; daughter, Lisa (Jeff) Powell of Westfield, IN; son, Joe (Mary Lou) Hott of Springdale, AR; six grandchildren, Eric (Ashley), and David (Leigh) Powell of Indianapolis, Ryan Powell of Orlando, FL, Michael Powell (Chance Woodward) of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Alan (Ashlee) Hott of Las Vegas, NV, and Rachel (John) Watterson of Lowell, AR; four great-grandchildren, Lilly and Charley Powell, and Casey and Mae Watterson; a brother, Tom (Lois) Hott of Decatur, IL; and six nieces and nephews, and dear friend and neighbor, Sharon Miller. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jean McCoy, and brother, Bill Hott.
Visitation, 1:30 to 2 P.M. Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at Family and Friends Funeral Home, Wingate, IN with funeral service beginning at 2 P.M.
A committal service will be at 1:00 P.M., Thursday, December 27, 2018 at Oak Ridge Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel, Springfield, IL. Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin, IL, is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, 700 S. Sixth St, Springfield, IL 62703.
Published in Print in The State Journal-Register from Dec. 22 to Dec. 23, 2018