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Alice Echo-News Journal
ALICE- Ernest John Botard (Lt.Col.RET) age 97 passed away April 14, 2004 in an Alice hospital.He was born December 28, 1916 to W.F. and Anna Botard.He was a native of Jim Wells County.He was born in the country, seven miles south of Alice.He was a graduate of William Adams High School in Alice and Texas A&M University.He served in the regular Army from 1941 to 1946, and remained in the active reserves until his retirement in 1976.He served for many years on the Rural Electric Coop and San Miguel Electric Co-op.He was very active in his church, Immanuel Lutheran, and served as the Church Council Chairman.The 4-H Club was one of his great loves and he worked with many youth through the years.He received the "Pioneer" Award from the Texas Farm Bureau.Survivors include his wife, Katherine R. Botard of Alice; two sons, Ernest John "Buzzy" Botard of Alice and Bill Botard of Fredersburg; two daughters, Kay (Jody) Bezner of Texline, Texas, and Anna (Malcom) Osbourn of Valley Spring, Texas; one brother, Dr. Robert W. (Cindy) Botard of San Antonio, Texas; six grandchildren, Michael, Mitchel, and Stephen Bezner, Courtney Edwards, and Kayla and Collin Osbourn; five great grandchildren, Maddy, Hattie-Carol, Katherine and Ben Bezner, and Ray Edwards.