Kenneth Scott Bottom
December 19, 1936 – September 6, 2015
Kenneth Bottom, 78, of Bryan, TX, passed away on Sunday, September 6, 2015 at his home. Life Tribute Ceremony for the family and friends of Kenneth will be at 2:30pm on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at the chapel at St. Michael’s Episcopal School, 2402 South College Avenue, Bryan, TX. Cremation services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home. No reception to follow the service.
Kenneth was born December 19, 1936 in Wichita, Kansas to parents Virgil E. and Thelma F. Bottom. He was the youngest of three boys with older brothers Eldon and Paul. In his early years, Kenneth was a wrestler in high school and college. He played football and also played clarinet in the band. While in college, he met his first wife Diane Alexander. His son, Robert S. Bottom was born in 1958. After achieving a Bachelor of Science Degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Biology, he began his career in the Oceanographic field working for Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego, California. In 1961, while in San Diego, he met his second wife, Dorothy Lois Breckwoldt. Into this marriage, Dorothy brought seven year old Edward R. Webb II and six year old Katherine A. Webb. In 1963, this new family then welcomed Brenda L. Bottom. In 1964, the family re-located from San Diego to Bryan, Texas.
Kenneth then continued his oceanographic career at Texas A&M University. Kenneth was the Marine Tech Supervisor for the Technical Operations Group. He also was an expert scuba diver, serving on the diver safety board. He also piloted the two-man submarine for the Oceanography Department. He was with the Oceanography Department with Texas A&M University from 1964 up until his retirement. In his long lifetime, Kenneth also had many wonderful travel experiences. He traveled extensively with the TAMU Oceanography Department enjoying locales such as the Fiji Islands, South America, and parts of Africa and Southeast Asia.
Kenneth enjoyed life and his family. He and his wife Dorothy loved to travel within the United States especially their cruise to Alaska. They enjoyed fishing and camping with their children. His favorite hobbies were golfing, fishing, and watching sports. During retirement, he could usually be found on the golf course at his favorite country club in Calvert or keeping up with his favorite sports team on TV.
Kenneth is survived by his wife Dorothy L. Bottom and children Robert S. Bottom and wife Cathy, and Brenda L. Yeomans, his stepson Edward R. Webb and wife Andrea, 9 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren, brother Paul Bottom and his wife Kathy and Eldon’s wife Arliss Bottom. He is proceeded in death by his parents, his step-daughter Katherine Webb and brother Eldon Bottom.
Expressions of condolence can be made at callawayjones.com. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, to your favorite charity or to the scholarship set up in Kenneth’s father’s name, Virgil E. Bottom Scholarship fund for Physics students at McMurry Univerity in Abilene, Texas.