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Richard Ward "Dick" Booher

1923 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Richard Ward "Dick" Booher Obituary
Richard Ward "Dick" Booher

AGE: 91 • State College, PA

Richard Ward "Dick" Booher, 91, of State College, PA, passed away Friday, June 6, 2014 at The Fairways at Brookline, State College, PA. Born June 1, 1923 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, he was a son of the late Ward Bristor & Edna (Beatty) Booher. In 1941, he graduated from Philipsburg High School. Following graduation, he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps and served during World War II in the Pacific Theater of Operations. After being honorably discharged, he attended Lock Haven University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education majoring in Biology. He later received his Master's degree from Penn State University. He taught science at Keith Junior High School in Altoona; and taught advanced placement bio at Plainfield High in Plainfield, NJ; Governor Livingston in Berkley Heights, NJ; and Jonathan Dayton in Springfield, NJ. He retired in 1985 from the Union County Regional District. On June 16, 1948 at the First Church of Christ, Philipsburg, he married Gwendolyn Kephart.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister Ethel J. McEwan and her husband William of Novato, CA; a cousin Edward Booher of Greensburg, PA; in laws Col. William R. Kephart and his wife Maryann of Rineyville, KY; Donald R. Kephart and his wife Elaine of Chester Hill, PA; Thomas G. Kephart and his wife Nancy of Beaver, PA; and Barbara Ann Kephart of Coraopolis, PA; nephews Gary McEwan of Novato, CA; William R. Kephart Jr. of Rineyville, KY; Donald Brian Kephart and his wife Tammie of Beaver Falls, PA; and Jeffery Thomas Kephart of Morristown, NJ; nieces Sue Kast of Ft. Wayne, IN; Ruth Schaffer of Ft. Wayne, IN; Kathryn Ann Kephart of Atlanta, GA; Vicky Albert and her husband Randy of rural Morrisdale, PA; great nephews Brian Kast, Mark Kast, Joseph Kast, Ryan McEwan, Dillon McEwan, Dr. Nate Kephart, Adam Kephart, and Wyatt Albert and great nieces Melissa Schaffer and Cheyenne Albert. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved son Richard W. "Ricky" Booher Jr., an infant brother Robert Wayne Booher, a sister Zelma "Bunny" Phillips and her husband William, and a niece Sandra Lee McEwan Dunn.

Dick was very active in the Christian Church and was active as an elder and teacher in Scotch Plains, NJ and State College, PA. He enjoyed reading, playing and advising chess, photography and gardening. Dick was known for his integrity and was very kind and considerate of others. His loving spirit will always be with those that knew him.

A graveside service and burial will be held at the Philipsburg Cemetery, Rt. 350 South, Philipsburg, PA on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 11:00 am with Rev. William R. Fowler officiating. At the family's request there will be no public viewing. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dick's memory to Holt Memorial Library, 17 N. Front St. Philipsburg, PA 16866; Scotch Plains Christian Church, 1800 Raritan Rd., Scotch Plains, NJ 07076; First Church of Christ, 1437 Tyrone Pike, Philipsburg, PA 16866; State College Christian Church, 403 South Allen St., Suite 112-A, State College, PA 16801 or a . Online condolences may be made to the family at www.dahlgrenfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the David K. Dahlgren Funeral Home, 228 N. Centre St. Philipsburg, PA 16866.

Published in Courier News on June 10, 2014
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