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William R. "Russ" Boone

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William R. "Russ" Boone Obituary

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BOONE, MSgt. William R. (Ret.) William R. "Russ" Boone went peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior on May 22, 2014. Russ was born and raised in Bellefontaine, OH where he graduated from high school as a sports star in football and basketball. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S Army Air Corps and became a radio and communications specialist. He spent most of WWII in the China-Burma-India Theatre of operations. His military service was one of the things of which he was most proud. He eventually retired from WPAFB and was involved in many community activities including serving as Mayor of New Carlisle. Russ attended the Maiden Lane Church of God in Springfield for most of his adult life where he served as an usher and on various boards along with teaching an adult Sunday School class. He was also involved for many years in the New Carlisle Little League and Babe Ruth League baseball as commissioner, umpire and coach. Russ is preceded in death by his parents, a sister, and three brothers. Russ is survived by his bride of 71 years, Florence Ruth (Barnhart) Boone, a daughter, Susan, of Arnold, MO, a son, Bill, of Springfield, OH, two grandsons, Eric and Kris, of Baltimore, MD, two great-granddaughters and two great-grandsons. He was a devoted husband and Father and will be sorely missed. Viewing will be held on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 from 11a.m-1p.m. at JACKSON LYTLE & LEWIS LIFE CELEBRATION CENTER with service beginning at 1 p.m. Pastor Mark Martin officiating. Burial to follow at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Honor Flight Network in memory of William R. Boone. Condolences may be expressed to his family at


Published in Springfield News-Sun on May 25, 2014
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