Kermit was born in Seward, Kansas, on Oct. 1, 1926, the son of John and LaVonne Bothum. He was one of 12 children. The family moved to Oregon in 1946 and the family settled in Woodburn.
Kermit worked in a saw mill in Swiss Home, where he pulled greenchain and worked the log pond. Later he worked at Square Deal in Silverton as a bookkeeper and then as a carpenter. He then started his own contracting business in 1954, employing most of his brothers at one time or another. The majority of the homes that the family lived in were built by Kermit.
Kermit and Peggy moved to Central Oregon in 1973, where Kermit continued in the home building trade, being offered a job at Black Butte, where he worked a short time. He then got his real estate license and went to work at the office of Johnson and Johnson Realty. He then went back to the business of contracting with his brother Mervin, as well as teaching his three sons the construction trade.
Kermit married Margaret "Peggy" Uselman on Sept. 23, 1950, at St. Paul)s Catholic Church in Silverton, Ore. They were married 54 years. Kermit also served in the Oregon National Guard for 20 years, retiring as a master sergeant in the Armored Cavalry Division in Woodburn. Kermit was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved fishing, hunting, golfing and his race horses.
Recitation of the Rosary will be Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Redmond. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Thomas Catholic Church, Central Oregon Hospice or to the American Cancer Society.
Kermit is survived by: his wife; sons Mike Bothum of Silverton, David Bothum of Hermiston, Patrick Bothum of Prineville; daughters Cindy Haslebacher of West Linn, Ore., Kim Glover of Bend; 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; three brothers, Rex Bothum of Silverton, Marvin of Culver, Jim of Prineville; three sisters, June Hammond of Albany, Jean Bonacker of Tigard and Marylou Rhine of Eugene. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and four brothers.
Autumn Funerals was in charge of arrangements.