James Leroy Bottorff, 78, of Seligman, Mo., died Saturday, March 26, 2011, at his home. He was born October 30, 1932, at St. Paul, Minnesota, to Orval Benson Bottorff and Edith June Stein Bottorff.
He was a member of the School Safety Patrol in St. Paul during 1946-47. He was a retired Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, where he was a mail clerk, serving in Japan, Korea, made two secret missions to Vietnam and received the Air Force Commendation Medal. He was a drug abuse program director in California; worked for Banton Funeral Home in South Dakota as a mortician, ambulance driver and floral designer. He was a Presidential Aide to Richard Nixon and served in the Congress of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.
He worked for the Johnson, Arkansas, Police Department and Washington Co. Sherriff's Office. He was a law enforcement office for the city of Seligman, Mo., Mayor Pro Temp, museum curator, alderman, and worked in the emergency management office. He had several pawn shops, gun shops, flea markets and auctions in the area, and was a member of the Rogers American Legion Post #100.
He was a Lutheran and is preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, James Leroy Buttorff Jr.; and one sister, Patricia Parks.
Survivors are his wife, Beverly, whom he married December 2, 1992, of the home; three sons, Allen Bottorff, of Middleton, Wisconsin; Mark Bottorff, of Jamestown, California; and Ty Bottorff of Rogers, Arkansas; five daughters, Mary Lee, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Kim Hoagland, of Goodman, Missouri, Sherry Gideon, of Anderson, Missouri, Becky Flesner, of Oskaloose, Iowa, and Carey O'Brien, of Pineville, Missouri; one brother, Dean Bottorff, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; 19 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Cremation arrangements are by Sisco Funeral Home of Pea Ridge.
A memorial service is set for Thursday, March 31, at 5 p.m. at Sisco Funeral Home Chapel in Pea Ridge with full military honors by Rogers American Legion Post #100.
Memorials may be sent to Beverly Bottorff, 7375 Fawver Street, Seligman, MO 65745.
Online condolences may be made to siscofuneralhome.net