Lives Lived: John Bottenberg |

Lives Lived: John Bottenberg

John Randal Bottenberg died Feb. 4 in Rough and Ready. He was 50.

A service will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at the Rough and Ready Firehouse. His ashes will be spread near a favorite fishing spot this summer in Minnesota.

He was born Sept. 25, 1959, in Whittier, to John Bottenberg and Donna Freeland.

He earned a bachelor’s degree.

He married Mary Farrell at Lake Tahoe, on Dec. 23, 1997.

Mr. Bottenberg was self-employed doing home remodeling through his business, Randberg Home Improvements.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking, dog training and being with his granddaughters.

Mr. Bottenberg is survived by his wife, Mary Bottenberg; daughter, Rikki-Rae (Jimmy) Geck of Reno, Nev.; mother, Donna (Jess) Freeland of Hemet; father, John (Malada) Bottenberg of Sonoma; sister, Vicki (Greg) Feirer of River Falls, Wisc.; grandparents, Viola and Larry Schultz of Rough and Ready; and grandchildren, Skylar and Joy Geck of Reno, Nev.

His daughter is asking those who knew Mr. Bottenberg to send remembrances of him so she can have a book made for his grandchildren, who will learn about him through the memories of others. Send these memories in care of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary and Crematory, 250 Race St., Grass Valley, CA 95945.

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