John C. Hott, 71, moving, storage company owner

December 09, 2005

John Charles Hott, a former Charles Village moving and storage firm owner, died of stroke complications Wednesday at his Fort Myers, Fla., home. The former Perry Hall resident was 71.

Born in Fabius, W.Va., he left home at age 14 after completing eight years of schooling. He moved to Alexandria, Va., and began work as a tire changer for Smith's Moving and Storage Co. Family members said the man for whom Mr. Hott worked saw potential in him and encouraged him to go to business school.

"With hard work and determination he finished business school and rose through the ranks to become a branch manager for Smith's," said his son, Donald Joseph Hott of Severn. "He was a soft-spoken man and people trusted him with their possessions."

In 1971, Mr. Hott purchased the Baltimore Storage Co. at Charles and 26th streets. He ran it until partially retiring about 10 years ago and moving to Florida.

In 1995 he married Mary Baker.

Mr. Hott was a member of the West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department, the Movers and Warehousemen's Association of Maryland, the Mount Washington Club and the Charles Village Community Association.

Services will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road, Towson.

In addition to his wife and son, survivors include two other sons, Ronald Lee Hott of Colonial Beach, Va., and Gerald Allen "Jay" Hott of Severn; two stepsons, Scott Michael Baker and David Russell Baker, both of Baltimore; a stepdaughter, Lori June Dombrosky of Indianapolis; 11 grandchildren and one great grandson. His marriages to Joan Victoria Prock and Frances Muth ended in divorce.

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