Warren “Manny” Gene Bothum, the son of the late Wallace and Myrtle (Aslakson) Bothum, was born on Jan. 10, 1935, in Karlstad, MN. He attended school and grew to manhood in Karlstad, graduating from Karlstad High School in 1953. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. On Aug. 7, 1954, “Manny” was united in marriage to Eileen Knutson in Hallock. The couple farmed in Deerwood Township of Kittson Co., west of Halma, (near Beaton) until 1963, then moved to Detroit, MI.. They returned to the Karlstad community in 1971. “Manny” owned and operated Karlstad Auto Parts for several years. In addition to his “scrap iron” business, he also worked for Marvin Windows and Doors, Byfuglien Trucking, and Transystems. “Manny” prided himself on being a hard worker. He enjoyed visiting with friends and was never shy about sharing his musical talents by playing the piano, accordion and singing a favorite country song. Eileen passed away Feb. 15, 2010. “Manny” continued to make his home in Karlstad until October of 2010, when he moved to the Maple View Memory Care Center in Grand Forks, ND, where he passed away on Wed. evening, Jan. 19, 2011, at the age of 76 years and 9 days.
He is survived by three sons: Kelly, of Elk River, MN.; Brian, of Thief River Falls, MN.; and Richard (Bonny), of Kennedy, MN.; one daughter: Kristi (Scott) Anderson, of Moorhead, MN., 6 grandchildren: Josh (Krista) Bothum, Ben Stechmann, Alicia (Mark) Jennings, Alexis Stechmann and Nathan and Karly Anderson; 4 great-grandchildren: Kenadee Stechmann, Charley and Anna Bothum and Heaton Jennings; one brother: Jerry (Margaret) Bothum, of Greenville, MI.; three sisters: Malvern Granger, of Centerville, MN.; Marlyce (Robert) Stennes, of White Bear Lake, MN. and Markelle (Douglas) Thompson, of Greenville, MI.; in addition to several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
“Manny” was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, two great-granddaughters: Tatum and Taylor Jennings; and four brothers-in-law: Monte Blomquist, Richard Knutson, Gerald Knutson and Eugene Granger.