Cecil R. Botkin, 88, of Warrenton, died Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2005 in Long Beach, Wash.

Mr. Botkin was born Dec. 8, 1916 in Kinney, Ill., to Samuel R. and Cathryn Botkin. He was the last of six brothers. His parents and five brothers preceded him in death.

At the age of 8, Mr. Botkin's family moved to Albany. He spent most of his childhood in the Oak Creek area west of Corvallis and the Oakville community area east of Corvallis where he graduated from Oakville grade school. He went to Corvallis High School for two years and in 1935, he graduated from Albany High School.

In 1940, he met Leatrice Pape and married her March 17, 1941 in Vancouver, Wash. She survives at the family home in Warrenton.

Mr. Botkin volunteered in the U.S. Naval Seabees in July of 1941 and served overseas on Palau Island and was discharged in December of 1945.

Mr. Botkin and his wife managed Roger's Shoes and Apparel in Lebanon for nine years before buying the store "Leons" in Lebanon. They sold their store in Lebanon in 1955 and moved to Astoria where they managed "Leons" for the next 19 years. They retired Feb. 1, 1974, to travel and enjoy life. Mr. Botkin loved to hunt and fish. Since retiring, they spent winters traveling south to California, Arizona and Mexico.

Mr. Botkin was a life member of Elks B.P.O.E. 1663 in Lebanon, Past Commander of Santiam Post 51 of the American Legion, life member of Seaport Masonic Lodge in Astoria, and life member of the Al Kader Shrine Club.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a nephew, Bob Botkin of Roseburg, and four nieces in Castle Rock, Wash.

At Mr. Botkin's request, no service will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, American Heart Association, or a charity of one's choice, in care of Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary, 1165 Franklin Ave., Astoria, OR 97103.

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