Charles A. Botts Jr.


Charles A. Botts Jr., 90, born on January 15, 1929, to Charles A. Botts and Jeanette Wilson Botts, passed away April 7th, 2019, at home surrounded by family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Norma; son, Russell; two brothers, George and Robert Kennedy; and three sisters, Annabelle, Juanita and Jeanette. He is survived by four children, Charles (Flo), Terry, Debra (Steve) and Darla (Ron); and 15 grandchildren; as well as 29 great-grandchildren.
Charles attended State Laboratory High School until he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served as a military policeman transporting VIPs and prisoners, receiving the WWII Victory Medal and Army Occupation Medal.
He was employed at Merchant's Distillery and the Pennsylvania Railroad, Boiler Maker, Canteen, Stran Steel, Architex and Midland Glass as an industrial maintenance mechanic. He retired from the Vigo County Home.
He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Masonic Hamboldt Lodge #42, Scottish Rite and the Zorah Shrine, where he was a member of the director's staff and served as assistant director, which he made numerous trips to the Shriner's Hospitals transporting children, which was his great passion.
Charlie raced motorcycles professionally on dirt tracks, nationwide from 1949-54. During 1953 he was one of the top 10 professional racers in the country.
There will be a gathering at DeBaun Springhill Chapel on Tuesday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to noon with military services starting at noon. Per his wishes, there will be no formal services. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shriners Children's Hospital.
Published on April 12, 2019
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Donna Kay Wildes
Apr 14, 2019
So sorry to hear that Charlie passed. He was a special guy! I know that he will be sadly missed!