Ted E. Mottaz, 84, of Columbia, died Wednesday Jan. 23, 2019, at his home.
The family will hold private services at a later date. Pickering Funeral Home in Mexico is handling the arrangements.
Ted was born in Fulton, Mo. on Aug. 13, 1934, the son of Theodore R. and Inez A. (Theissen) Mottaz. On April 1, 1999, in New Orleans, La., he married Marilyn J. Wassom who survives.
He was a graduate of Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, Mo. and he also studied at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Ted was a veteran serving in the US Army.
Ted spent 30 years with Ted Mottaz Chevrolet in Vandalia. He went to work with his father in 1954. After his father died in 1975 he continued to operate the dealership until it closed in 1983. He then spent 13 years working for Joe Machens Ford in Columbia and finally retired in 1996.
Ted enjoyed spending time with his family and his two favorite fur babies, Bailey and Bentley. Years ago he was active in Boy Scouts and the Vandalia Jaycees. He organized and continued to support the first Brick Skidding event, now called “Prairie Days” that is held each September. He was a MU Tiger Football Fan. He attended church at Woodcrest in Columbia.
In addition to his wife his survivors include one daughter, Paige Robinson; two step-sons, Shawn P. Kirby and wife Rachel, and Bryan M. Kirby and wife Laura; two sisters, Ann M. Kohl and Rose Heim; two grandchildren, Stephen Mottaz and Jordan Robinson; three step-grandchildren, Chad and Chase Kirby and Hunter Bethell; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Ralph W. Mottaz; one son, Ted P. Mottaz; and one grandson, Andrew J. Robinson.
Memorials may be given to the Wounded Warrior Project. (woundedwarriorproject.org)
Paige, so sorry for your loss. Sending many hugs for you & your Family. - Christy Early
Ted Mottaz was a good man and friend. It was a pleasure to work with Ted. - Ken Redders
We are so sorry for your loss, will keep all the family in our prayers! - Altha Cheney Gillenwater, Tony, and Austin Shade
Dear Ann Kohl, I send my sincerest condolences for the loss of your brother. With thoughts & prayers, David L. Schulze - David Schulze