1913-2012

Frank M. Botts, 98, of Bayard, Iowa, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Church of Christ in Bayard with Pastor Bob Rogers and Pastor Bob McKnight officiating. Friends may call at Johnson and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Coon Rapids after 5 p.m. Tuesday. There will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. followed by a Masonic memorial service. Visitation will resume after the casket is moved to the church at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. Online condolences may be left at www.johnsonandwoodhouse.com.

Organist for the service will be Alice Drake.  Casket bearers will be the board of directors of Farmers Mutual Insurance Association. Burial will be in Highland Township Cemetery near Bayard with military honors by the Bayard American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to the Stewart Memorial Healing Garden Fund and may be left at the funeral home or the church.  

Frank was born in rural Guthrie County to Joseph W. and Nora B. (Houghton) Botts on Sept. 4, 1913.  He spent his early life near Lorimor, Iowa, graduating from Guthrie Center High School in 1931. He married Maxine B. Freesh on Nov. 9, 1934, in Spencer, Iowa. He then worked on farms for two years, Green Bay Lumber Company for five years, and managed the Bayard Building Supply company from April 1942 to March 1943 when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in March 1943 and served in the United States and European Theater until January 1946. Frank was a carpenter from 1946 through 1949, then an insurance agent from 1949 to 1978. He was also a director at Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Association of Guthrie County for 55 years. He was a substitute rural mail carrier for 28 years then was appointed a regular carrier in 1978, retiring in 1982.  Frank was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Bayard Church of Christ, the Bayard Fire Department, and the American Legion.

Frank is survived by two nieces, Elaine Peebles and her husband Don of Clermont, Fla., and Jeanette Sargent and her husband Chet of Scranton; two nephews, Keith Reinhart and his wife Ruby of Scranton and Leslie Reinhart of Scranton; and two cousins, Bob Bailey and his wife Verlene of Perry, Iowa, and Wilma Long of Storm Lake, Iowa.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Maxine in 2008, and a sister Letha Botts.