Joplin, Missouri (formerly of Maysville)
Ivan E. Bottorff, 87, went to be with the Lord on Friday, January 20, 2017.
Ivan was born with a twin sister, Iva Lee, on August 14, 1929, to Joseph and Bernice Bromley Bottorff in rural Amity, MO, joining two older brothers, Carl and Harold. Sister Sarahmae would follow a few years later. He grew up attending Hopewell Baptist Church. Ivan attended and graduated from Maysville High School in 1947. Ivan graduated from the University of Missouri in 1951 and entered the Air Force, being discharged in 1953 as a Lieutenant. He went to work for the USDA, Agricultural Department. On April 7, 1956, he married Marlene Krehbiel from McPherson, KS, in the Eden Mennonite Church in Moundridge, KS. After retiring, he went back part time with the USDA until he had 40 years of service. Most of his service time was spent in Minnesota. His travels with the USDA took him from California, to Massachusetts, to North Dakota, to the tip of Texas as he filled in where needed. A lot of the time, his wife was also able to join him. Once he was retired, he and Marlene moved back to Missouri.
Ivan is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Bernice Bottorff, his brother Carl (Dorothy), his brother Harold (Lillian), and brother-in-law Bill Jameson. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marlene, their two sons, Kevin (Joyce) and David (Diane), and five grandchildren Lindsey, AJ, Jared (Laci), Zachary, and Samantha, and one great-grandson, Bradley. He leaves behind siblings Iva Lee and Sarahmae (Arlan) and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at Turner Family Funeral Home in Maysville, MO. The viewing will be held at 9:30am with the memorial service beginning at 10:30am. Burial will take place at the Hopewell Cemetery immediately following. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made in Ivan’s memory to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, Hopewell Cemetery, or the American Diabetes Association.