Wayne Bothun, 81, of Montevideo, passed away Tuesday Oct., 8, 2019, at CCM Health. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Montevideo. .
Wayne was born in Granite Falls on July 8, 1938, to Ed and Helen (Remillard) Bothun. He was baptized at Hawk Creek Church and was confirmed at Our Savior's. He grew up on a farm between Granite Falls and Sacred Heart and later moved to Montevideo.
There he met the love of his life, Timmy Jane Zimmerman. Together they raised three children in Montevideo. Wayne began his career as a lineman by working for Don Peterson Electric. Later Wayne worked for REC and eventually started his own line construction business, Wayne's Electric. In retirement, Wayne worked as a security guard for Prairies Edge Casino. Wayne had a mind for all things mechanical. He could look at something and determine how it worked.
In his 50s, Wayne achieved his dream of obtaining his private pilot's license. He took great pride in flying his Mooney airplane. In recent days, Wayne enjoyed riding his golf cart, mowing his lawn, growing tomatoes, and visiting Bill's Grocery on a daily basis. Wayne's heart was full anytime he was in the presence of his children and grandchildren.
Wayne is survived by his wife Timmy (Zimmerman), of Montevideo; son, Jim (and Jan) Bothun, of Watson, daughter, Jane (and Dale) Wateland, of Cottage Grove, and son, Joey (and Michelle) Bothun, of Crown Point Ind.; four grandchildren, Zach (and Bree) Bothun, Grace Wateland, Trent Bothun, and Paige Bothun; great-granddaughter, Lorelai Bothun; sisters, Wanda Kittelson and Avis Peters; and brother, Rodney (and Nancy) Bothun; and former sister-in-law, Bev Bothun.
Preceding him in death were his parents and parents-in-law; sister, Phyllis Billings; granddaughters, Amber Dee and Megan Maree Bothun; and brothers-in-law, Kenny Billings, Wally Kittelson and Everet Peters.
Arrangements were with the Wing-Bain Funeral Home of Montevideo.