Ralph Bottom 1924-2022
Ralph Leroy Bottom, 97, of Holton, passed away Thursday, May 5, 2022, at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka.
He was born Aug. 20, 1924, in the Buck’s Grove area of Jackson County, the son of Roy L. and Eva M. (Kroth) Bottom.
Ralph spent most of his life in the Havensville area and moved to Holton in 2010. He was a farmer and stockman. Ralph worked for Goodyear Tire Company for 30 years, retiring in 1983.
He married Isla Jean Figge on May 20, 1946, in Duluth. She preceded him in death on June 21, 2016, after 70 years of marriage. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Eva Bottom; three sisters, Lorah May Wyatt, Goldie Krebs and Wilma Ross; and two brothers, Vern and Albert Bottom.
Survivors include a son, Ralph “Eugene” Bottom (Linda) of Meriden; three daughters, Charlene K. Reynolds (Garold) of Topeka, Darlene F. Boeding (Joe) of Topeka and Linda A. Bottom of Lincoln, Neb.; a sister, Betty Smith of Beattie; a brother, Gene Bottom of Inman; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and one on the way.
Ralph’s wishes were to be cremated. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 10 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Family will greet friends one hour prior to service. Inurnment will follow in Buck’s Grove Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Jackson County Friends of Hospice, Buck’s Grove United Methodist Church or Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, please visit www.mercerfuneralhomes.com