E. Keith Bottles

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E. Keith Bottles
December 17, 1927 - May 25, 2015
The Reverend E Keith Bottles went home peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, May 25, 2015 surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren.
Keith was born on December 17, 1927 in Harrison County, Indiana to wonderful Christian parents Emery and Emma Bottles. He is survived by his wife, Joan, of 63 years. 3 children Debra, Stephen and Mark (Geri) and three grand children, Jacob, John and Rachel, all of Boise. Brother Russel of Florida and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Ruth Tirey and brother Harold Bottles.
Keith graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee in 1951. He graduated from Nazarene Theological Seminary and was ordained a minister in the Church of the Nazarene in 1954. He continued further graduate work at Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Keith served as pastor in Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois and Oklahoma. He was elected as District Superintendent of the Chicago Central District and served for 15 years. In this capacity, he supervised the planting of over 30 non-English speaking ethnic churches. He worked training over 500 counselors for the Billy Graham Chicago Crusade. In 1997 he retired and he and Joan moved to Boise Idaho to be with family.
Keith's identity was not grounded in what he did, but in his walk with his Lord and Savior. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. Additionally, he led his family as he showed Christ to them every day. Although he will be greatly missed, we know that his reward is that of a good and faithful servant. He was a devoted disciple of Christ which led him to give himself away to others. What will easily be remembered for years to come is his faith, and the hope to which that faith pointed.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 29th at 10:30 am at Boise First Nazarene Community Center 3852 N. Eagle Road Boise Idaho. The family will greet friends immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to the Boise Rescue Mission.

Published in Idaho Press Tribune from May 27 to May 29, 2015