Raymond L. Bottens

COAL CITY—Raymond L. Bottens, 84, of Coal City, passed away Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019 at the Joliet Area Community Hospice Home.
Born March 9, 1935 in Ripley County, MO,Raymond Leslie was a son of Everett N. and Lucy Irene (Gomer) Bottens. He was raised in Cherryvale, KS; graduated from Cherryvale High School with the class of 1953, and went on to marry Doris E. Alexander on March 14, 1954.
Raymond worked at Johnson and Johnson Personal Products in Wilmington for more than 30 years before retiring as a supervisor. He also worked for the Village of Coal City Park Board helping to maintain the town parks, and drove a school bus for the Coal City School District. Raymond's hobbies included elk hunting in Colorado, trap shooting and reloading. He also held a passion for woodworking, and was a member of New Hope Presbyterian Church in Coal City.
Raymond is survived by his wife, Doris; six children: Pam (Russ) Dunkel, of Stoughton, WI; Phyllis (Butch) Skubic and Patti Kuchar both of Coal City; Scott (Lori) Bottens, of Lilburn, GA; Dan (Laura) Bottens, of Lisle and Roger Bottens, of Plainfield; 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, two brothers, Edward (Elaine) Bottens, of Cape Coral, FL and Ronald (Kay) Bottens, of Elmhurst; one sister, Elizabeth (Carl) Sallee, of Mt. Vernon, MO; two sisters-in-law, Rita (Paul) Powell, of Nebraska and Elaine (the late Don) Alexander, of Kansas; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, grandson, Dylan Bottens; one son-in-law, Lou Kuchar; siblings: Hazel (James) Polchaire, Marion Bottens, Ruth (Chester) Rowe, Evelyn Bottens, Pauline (Robert) Cope, Opal (Charles) Hamilton, Robert Bottens and James Bottens and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Nadine (Charles) Weis, Yvonne (Loel) Hornback and Donald (Elaine) Alexander.
Green flameless cremation services have been accorded. The family will receive friends for a memorial visitation on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 N. Broadway Street, in Coal City from 9:30 a.m. until the time of memorial service at 11 a.m.
Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Raymond's memory to Joliet Area Community Hospice, 250 Water Stone Circle, Joliet, IL 60431.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the great neighbors on West Third and Fourth Street for their friendship and support over the years.
Family and friends may sign the guest book, upload photographs or share Raymond's memorial page online by logging onto: www.ReevesFuneral.com/notices/Raymond-Bottens Green flameless cremation services and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City.

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