Obituary of Leonard S. Bott
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Leonard S. Bott, 92, died on July 1, 2016 in his Morgantown home. He was born on February 10, 1924 to Matthias Whitfield and Lily Stobbs Bott in Blackhall Mill, Gateshead, England. He became a West Virginia resident at two years of age when his family immigrated to the United States.
He was proceeded in death by his wife of 54 years, Flora B. (Floyd) Bott; his parents, three brothers: Matthias Bott, Henry Bott, Robert Bott; and an infant child, Leonard “Lennie” Bott.
He is survived by his children: David (Donna) Bott of Westover; Barbara (Robert) Joseph of Bruceton Mills; and F. Jane Bott, of Meadowbrook. He is also survived by his five granddaughters, Rachelle (Bott) Beckner, Sara Bott, Joanna (Joseph) Reynolds, Jennifer Joseph and Morgan Bott; and five great-granddaughters, Belle and Lilly Beckner; Taryn and Karra Reynolds, and Hanna (Bott) Hunt.
Leonard was a Methodist and shared his faith by experiencing God’s creation. He was a fisherman, avid photographer and veracious reader. Since he became a West Virginia resident, Leonard cherished all of the state’s unique character and natural beauty. He had a passion for Pocahontas County, where he built a log cabin for his family. Many vacations and weekend trips were spent enjoying the state with family – from vacations at Watoga State Park to weekend trips to Grafton to ride the Chessire train to whitewater rafting on the New River. He attended the first Bridge Day and many thereafter.
He was a WWII veteran, serving in the Pacific in the Army. He graduated West Virginia University through the G.I. Bill with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Leonard was employed with the Internal Revenue Service for 35 years, where he received awards for high proficiency in his work. After retiring from the IRS, Leonard operated his own private tax service from his home.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to: www.wvflood.com
Friends may gather at McCulla Funeral Home 770 Fairmont Road, Morgantown, on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 from 5 pm until the 7 pm service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McCulla.com