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John Botkin

John Chenoweth Botkin went home to be with the Lord on June 18, 2014. John was born April 25, 1926, in Ansted, West Virginia. His parents were Frank W. and Thelma Rule Botkin. He was raised in Charleston, West Virginia and graduated from the Stonewall Jackson High School. John is survived by his wife of 65 years Ruth Gunter Botkin; sister Virginia Smith ,Columbus, Ohio; brother Edward Botkin, Nitro, West Virginia; nephews Steve Smith, Westerville, Ohio; Roger Smith, Upland, Indiana; John M. Botkin, Nitro, West Virginia; Joe Botkin, North Carolina, and niece Linda Tiberi, Upland, Indiana. John is also survived by his in-laws: Ruby Gunter Smith, Lynco, West Virginia; Edsel and Marie Gunter Dancy, Lee Summit, Missouri; Danny and Jean Gunter Ball of Conroe, Texas; Leroy and Sue Gunter Dodson, Moore, South Carolina; and Ronald and Judy Gunter, Shady Spring, West Virginia. John was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Thelma Rule Botkin, his in-laws Bill and Emma Gunter and Ernest Gunter. During World War II John served in the US Navy on the destroyer USS Waters in the South Pacific. He was both a signalman and gunner. From his ship John saw the USA Flag hoisted on Iwo Jima. After returning from service John started his sales career in Charleston. He also attended Morris Harvey College (University of Charleston). John and Ruth moved to Conroe in 1968. They previously had lived in Charleston, West Virginia; Columbus, Ohio; Livonia, Michigan; and Westerville, Ohio. John was an elder at First Presbyterian Church of Conroe where he served on the Session and participated in the Stephen Ministry. John was a salesman and plant manager for the Hedwin Corporation for twenty-five years. He served as treasurer for the Conroe Bass Club and fished with his "buddies "on many east Texas lakes.

John was a Thirty-second Degree Mason and was Created Knight of the Red Cross, a Knight of Malta and Dubbed and Created a Knight of Valent and Magnanimous Order of the Temple, Knighted June 18, 1988. John was presented by the Arabia Temple, the Certificate of Appreciation for his participation in the Shriner Hospital Benefit in support of The Shriners Hospital for the Cripple and Burned Children. In 1980 he was presented an award for serving with distinguished leadership as President of the Shriner's Arabian Motor Corps. The Corps travelled throughout the USA and participated in many parades. John was a volunteer worker at the Shriner Circus for twenty years. John was outgoing and never met a stranger. He had a great sense of humor and would eagerly lend a helping hand. John will be remembered for his love of God, family, and country. He was much loved and will be greatly missed. Memorial service and interment will take place at the Palm Gardens Cemetery, Matheny, West Virginia. The family wishes to thank his care givers at the Regent Care Center of The Woodlands and his Heart to Heart Hospice care givers. Memorial gifts may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Conroe, 2727 N. Loop 336 W, Conroe, TX 77304.


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McNutt Funeral Home & Crematory
1600 Porter Rd Conroe, TX 77301
(936) 756-2724

Published on yourconroenews.com from June 18 to July 1, 2014
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