Paul M. Bothe, 59, of Decorah, died Tuesday evening, Jan. 7, 2014, at Wellington Place in Decorah following a battle with cancer. A Celebration of Life was at 1:30 p.m.. Saturday, Jan. 11, in the Fellowship Hall at First Lutheran Church in Decorah, with Rev. Chad Huebner officiating. Private family inurnment is in Graceland Cemetery in Milwaukee, Wis. at a later date.
Paul Martin Bothe was born Oct. 4, 1954, in Milwaukee, Wis., the son of William and Jane (Fretheim) Bothe. He graduated from Milwaukee Lutheran High School with the class of 1972. He then attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Paul later attended the American Motorcycle Institute in Daytona Beach, Fla., where he became a specialized Harley-Davidson motorcycle mechanic. Paul moved to Decorah and worked at Reilly Construction. He was a master mechanic. Paul then continued to work as a handyman. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Decorah.
Paul is survived by three sons: Richard Bothe of Ray, N.D., Joseph Bothe of Decorah and William Bothe of Chicago, Ill.; one daughter, Naomi Biedermann of Decorah; seven grandchildren: Bryn, Wyatt, Sailyr and Boedy Bothe and Victor, Osro and Royal Biedermann; his mother, Jane Pape of Spring Hill, Fla.; one brother, Chuck Bothe of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and by two sisters, Rozanne Sorenson of Laramie, Wyo. and Mary Bothe of Scottsdale, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his father, William, in 2004.
Memorials may be given to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Winneshiek Medical Center Hospice, 901 Montgomery Street, Decorah, IA 52101.
Online condolences may be made at fjelstul.com.