The world lost a truly unique individual. Hard working, strong, always ready with a joke, willing to help anyone and loved his family with all his heart. His friends and those who met him called him "Pudge," but his children called him "Dad."
Albert Dale "Pudge" Botz, 70, Bismarck, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at Sanford Hospital. Services will be held Thursday, Dec. 20, at 11 a.m. at Bismarck Funeral Home with a viewing one hour prior to the service. Burial will be held at McClusky Cemetery with military honors.
Pudge was born in Minot to Allyn "Fritz" and Jean Botz, of Granville, on April 30, 1942. He graduated from Granville High School in 1960. His mom was the first-grade teacher so while waiting for her to go home he practiced his basketball skills and was one of Granville's highest scorers in his high school years.
After graduation he signed up and served in the Navy from 1960 to 1964, surviving a typhoon in Guam while he was stationed there. After an honorable discharge in 1964 he went to work with his dad and brother, Bob, working for Igoe & Sons. While working for them he helped in the building of I-94.
He married Diane Morrel in 1966 and from this marriage, Angela Marie and Brad Allyn, were born. They divorced in 1971.
In 1973 Pudge became partners with John Feist and they shingled many homes in the Bismarck-Mandan and surrounding area for countless contractors.
He met Gladys Rittenbach in 1973 and they married in 1979. They made their home in Bismarck and added two sons, Bryan and Michael, to the family.
In 1981 Pudge worked for Annco Inc. building bridges until they sold the business. He then worked with Wanzek, out of Fargo, building bridges and box culverts up and down every highway in North Dakota. Because of his health he took an early retirement when his COPD got so bad.
He is survived by: his wife, Gladys; his children, daughter, Angela (Mark) Netterfeld, Big Piney, Wyo., and her son, Matthew (Misty) and great-grandbabies, Zoe, MJ and Zane; sons, Brad Allyn, Bismarck and his daughter, Hayley, Bryan Eugene, Fargo, and his son, Alexander, Michael James (Amy), Wahpeton; his sister, Sandra Jean Kerr, Grand Forks, and her two sons; brothers, Robert Allyn (Rhea) and family and Bradley Jay (Jane), Hays, Kan., and family.
Pudge's call to heaven was too strong and his body surrendered. His soul is at peace now with his family and friends who have passed before him: his parents, Allyn "Fritz" and Jean Botz; his brother-in-law, Ralph Kerr, and his father- and mother-in-law, Carl and Justina Rittenbach.
Pudge was loved by all who knew him and will be remembered for his generosity, his easy-going manner, and for a little guy a powerful hand shake, but most of all his jokes and mischievous smile and nature.
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