Robert Stephen Botkin (Bob) went home to be with the Lord on July 22, 2013 at the age of 80 after a rich and fulfilling life. Born September 10, 1932 in Carthage, IL., Bob moved with his family to Winter Haven, FL where he met the love of his life, Sue, in the ninth grade. They married in 1956 and had 57 wonderful love-filled years together. Bob graduated from Winter Haven High School in 1950 and proudly served his country for five years in the United States Army. Graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in civil engineering, Bob later pursued a career as a Real Estate Broker. A resident of Fort Lauderdale since 1960, Bob was an avid tennis player, a member of the Kiwanis Club, and a longtime and very active member of First Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder and volunteered every Monday for over 20 years cooking for the needy and homeless. As well as being exceptionally artistic and creative, Bob's sense of humor brought joy to all and his keen memory amazed his friends and family. Bob was a dedicated servant of his Lord and a devoted husband, father and grandfather who deeply and generously loved his family, especially his "Susie." He loved being a father and never missed any of Steve's or Brad's many athletic events. In addition to his wife, Sue, he is survived by his two sons Steve (Sally) and Brad (Jill) Botkin and four grandchildren, Susanna, Maggie, Betsy and Matt who dearly loved their Poppy. A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 26th at 2:00pm; First Presbyterian Church, 401 SE 15th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale 33301. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in honor of Bob to the Music Ministry of First Presbyterian Church.
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Published in Sun-Sentinel on July 24, 2013