LeRoy A. Bott, 85, died Tuesday (May 26, 2009) in La Crosse, where he had moved to Rush County Nursing Home. 



LeRoy A. Bott, 85, died Tuesday (May 26, 2009) in La Crosse, where he had moved to Rush County Nursing Home. 
He was born on June 12, 1923, in Alexander to John Adam and Sophie (Foos) Bott.
He graduated from Alexander High School in 1941.
He attended York College in York, Neb., graduating in 1945 with a bachelor of arts degree in vocal music. At York College, he met Esther Johnson, who became his wife on Aug. 6, 1944. LeRoy completed his master of divinity degree at Bonebrake Seminary (now United Theological Seminary) in Dayton, Ohio in 1948. 
Rev. Bott served churches across Kansas in the United Methodist Church, including Earleton-Urbana from 1947 to 1950; Beloit from 1950 to 1953; Pittsburg from 1953 to 1959; Wichita- Westside from 1959 to 1971; Hays District superintendent from 1971 to 1976; and Newton-Salem from 1976 to 1985.  
Rev. Bott was honored to be elected a clergy delegate to six general conferences, five jurisdictional conferences and one World Methodist Council. 
He served on the executive committee for the proposed building of Friendly Acres (now Asbury Park). He was in service on the Board of Trustees from 1959 until 1982.  
Other boards and service during his ministry include: Board of Trustees for Hadley Regional Medical Center in Hays (now Hays Medical Center), Board of Trustees for Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, board chairman of Lakeside UM Center in Scott City, Board of Trustees for Camp Webster in Salina, United Christian Ministries in Higher Education at Fort Hays State University, Board of Pensions, Board of Missions and Board of Ordained Ministry. 
After retirement in 1985, Rev. Bott served as a national trainer for the AARP program of Reminiscence, traveling the United States teaching people how to tell and assist others in telling their life story.
He also was the Kansas West Conference ombudsman for 10 years. It was his responsibility to represent the retired ministers and spouses in business of the conference.  
Family was very important to LeRoy, and he looked forward to spending time with his loving family and many friends. He especially looked forward to catching up with his coffee group at the Breadbasket. LeRoy was a great friend and enjoyed counseling other ministers and parishioners in his ministerial career. He was known for sound guidance and his gentle humor. 
He is survived by three sons, Ervin and wife Denise of Newton, Kenneth of Wichita, Terry and wife Brenda of Paola; a daughter, Charlotte Rathke and husband Eric of Hays; a brother, Carl Bott of Dighton; a sister, Ruth Ann Wright of Monmouth, Ill.; nine grandchildren; and six great grandchildren 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther, in 2004 and his parents.  
Memorials may be left with Salem United Methodist Church of Newton. 
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday with the family receiving friends from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Petersen Funeral Home Newton. 
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Salem United Methodist Church in Newton with The Rev. Sherry Clemons presiding. Burial will follow in Restlawn Gardens of Memory in Newton.