Richard Lee Botz
Richard Lee Botz, 71, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 13th, in Pueblo, Colorado. He was born November 15, 1942 in Abilene, the son of Harold and Gwendolyn (Mustard) Botz. Growing up in the Manchester Community, Richard attended local schools and graduated from Abilene High School. In 1961, he entered the Army and served as a Corporal in the 6th Missile Battalion, 60th Artillery. After his discharge in 1964, Richard was employed by Lockheed Martin in the aerospace industry where he worked on the Saturn 5 moon rocket and the NASA Cassini spacecraft. He was an avid sports fan with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Jayhawks being his favorite teams.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Cleason. He is survived by his daughter Michelle (Lester) Moore of Port Townsend, Washington. He is also survived by his aunt, Maxiene Perkins of Abilene, Kansas and his uncle, Jack (Masel) Mustard of Corpus Christi, Texas.
Graveside services will be held 11:00 A.M. Thursday, February 20th, at the Prairiedale Cemetery north of Talmage with interment following. The family suggests memorial contributions in his name be made to the Richard Botz memorial fund, to be designated later. The family will receive friends 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, February 19th, at the Danner Funeral Home.