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Howard C. Gotti, age 87 of Kirtland, passed away July 29, 2018, at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Hts. He was born December 6, 1930 in Struthers, Ohio.

Howard was a pilot in the Air Force during the Korean War. He then worked in the lighting business of General Electric for 37 years. During his career, he managed the start-up and operation of a lighting factory in Bogota, Colombia, directed engineering factory audits and developed new manufacturing processes. Howard loved to travel and play golf and was an avid fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team.

Survivors are his wife, Mary Beth Gotti; children, Greg and Gary Gotti, Gina (Robert) Zahn, and Geoffrey (Cindy) Gotti; 8 loving grandchildren; 13 loving great-grandchildren; and his sister, Sister Alice Gotti of the Sisters of Divine Providence in Pittsburgh.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Alice; and his siblings, Daisy, Alice, Jane, Alice Martha, Frank and Robert.

A memorial service in memory of Howard will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, August 4, 2018, at St. Gabriel Church, 9925 Johnnycake Ridge Rd., Concord Twp., OH 44060. The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Howard, contributions may be made to The Cleveland Clinic Foundation - Dept. of Fund Development W/3, One Clinic Center, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44197-9717.

Arrangements entrusted to the Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 8466 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH 44060.

Please offer condolences at www.brunners.com.