October 21, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012 11:00AM Urbana United Methodist Church
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 2-4pm & 6-8pm
Gary Lee Botkin, 70 of Urbana, departed this life and went to his eternal heavenly home, Sunday, October 21, 2012 in Vancrest Nursing Home surrounded by his family.
He was born June 30, 1942 in Urbana, Ohio and was a 1961 graduate of Urbana High School; where he played football and sang in the choir. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force. Gary was the owner and operator of Botkin’s Flowers. His grandfather, J.G. Botkin, started the flower shop and greenhouse business in 1900. He was a devoted follower of Jesus Christ and a member of the Urbana United Methodist Church. Gary was a longtime member and past president of the Urbana Lions Club and served as president of the Champaign County Board of MRDD. He was a dedicated little league and pony league baseball coach for many years. He shared his love of the game with many young men and with his ability to coach, his teams would win championships.
Gary was an avid sports fan, particularly the Ohio State Buckeyes and Green Bay Packers. He enjoyed bicycling on the Simon Kenton Trails and playing cards. He especially enjoyed time with family and friends and celebrating birthdays and holidays. He will be sadly missed by his family who respected him for his love of all people.
Survivors include; his wife, Lorraine Botkin of Urbana, his son, Wayne (Tricia) Botkin of Springboro, his daughter, Kimberlee (Bill) Edwards of Urbana, his granddaughter, Audrey Edwards; his brother, Thomas (Ann) Botkin of Ocala, FL. and numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Gary is preceded in death by his parents, Theodore R. and Mildred J. (Crego) Botkin; a granddaughter, Laura Edwards; a sister, Joyce (Fred) Curtis and his beloved dog, Franzi.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 in the VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana.
Celebration of Gary’s Life services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 25, 2012 in the Urbana United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim Lillibridge and Mitch Pollic, Chaplin of Heartland Hospice, officiating.
Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery, Urbana.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Urbana United Methodist Church, 238 North Main Street, Urbana, OH 43078, to Radio Station WEEC, 2265 Troy Road, Springfield, OH 45504 or to The Simon Kenton Pathfinders, P.O. Box 91, Urbana, Ohio 43078. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.