Harold L. Boots, Sr., age 91, an employee with Phillips Petroleum Company for 34 years before his retirement in 1985 and a resident of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, since 1955, died on June 9, 2013, in his home in Bartlesville.
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Funeral services for Mr. Boots will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, at the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel, 219 S. Oak Street in Garnett, KS, with graveside Masonic and military services to follow at the family plot in the Garnett cemetery. Dr. Kevin Tully, of the First United Methodist Church of Bartlesville, OK, will officiate.
Harold Boots, son of the late Oscar and Edith (List) Boots, was born September 11, 1921, in a farm house located in Anderson County, Westphalia Township, R. R. 4 of Garnett, Kansas. He received his elementary education at Rosedale District 60, a one-room country school, and graduated from Westphalia High School in Westphalia, Kansas, in 1939. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1939 and served until mid-1941.
Harold grew up on a farm west of Garnett, Kansas. His wife, Dorothy Alberta Mae Evans, was also raised near Garnett. They were married July 18, 1942, in Iola, Kansas, at the Wesleyan Methodist Church.
During World War II, Harold served in the Army Air Force from August 18, 1942, to April 3, 1946. He spent part of this time in the China, Burma, and India Theater of Operation. His tour of duty while in the Air Force took him completely around the world. Harold felt serving his country during World War II was a privilege matched only by the privilege of living in the USA.
After World War II, in 1951, Mr. Boots received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. While at Kansas State University, Harold became a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Sigma Tau, both honorary engineering fraternities.
On June 18, 1951, Harold started to work for Phillips Petroleum Company at the Cactus Plant, north of Dumas, Texas. In 1955, Harold was transferred to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, where he worked in several departments, including the Chemical, Manufacturing, and Petroleum Products. At Phillips, he was involved in the design, construction, and maintenance of plastic, rubber, fertilizer, carbon black, special chemicals, and petroleum refining plants. He worked on projects for Phillips throughout the United States and in England, India, and Puerto Rico. At the time of his retirement, on July 31, 1985, he was a Project Administrator and Principal Engineer in the Refining Division of the Petroleum Products Group.
Harold was named to Who's Who in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, in 1966-67, which was dedicated to the oil industries of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Mr. Boots was a Mason with memberships in Delphian Lodge No. 44 A.F. & A.M. in Garnett, Kansas, and Bartlesville Lodge No. 284 A.R. & A.M. in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. In addition, he was a member of the Masonic Scottish Rite Consistory of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Harold was a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc. and a Charter Member of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. He was a member of several other organizations as well: Registered Professional Engineers of Oklahoma; American Legion Post 105 and the Disabled American Veterans Charter 65, both located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma; the First United Methodist Church of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; and the China, Burma, and India Association of Bartlesville.
Harold had many interests in his lifetime and was devoted to his family. When he was younger, he spent many weekends with his wife, daughters, and family friends water skiing at Sunset Lake. He also spent many hours training and hunting with his bird dogs. As his family and he grew older, he enjoyed taking his grandchildren and family members on horseback trail rides. Starting in 1985, Harold joined the Washington Park Mall Walker's Club in Bartlesville. By 2008, he had walked 14,000 miles at the mall.
Harold Boots is survived by his wife of 70 years, Dorothy Alberta Mae (Evans) Boots of Bartlesville; two daughters, Deborah Lynn (Boots) Wilson and husband, Gale, of Austin, Texas, and Janet Leigh (Boots) Jasnowski and husband, Tony, of Omaha, Nebraska; a grandson, Jozef Leonard Jasnowski, and granddaughter, Clare Elizabeth Jasnowski, both of Omaha, Nebraska. He is also survived by two brothers, Claron E. Boots and wife, Beverly, of Bluffton, Indiana, and Dale O. Boots and wife, Barbara, of Prairie Village, Kansas; and by his sister-in-law Edna Boots, wife of Paul J. Boots, of Ottawa, Kansas. In addition, he is survived by several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father; mother; infant son, Harold Leonard Boots, Jr.; brother Lawrence B. Boots and Lawrence's wife, Myra; and brother Paul J. Boots.
Memorials in remembrance of Mr. Boots have been established. Friends and family who wish to remember him in this way may forward their gifts to one of the following: ElderCare, 1223 Swan Drive, Bartlesville, OK 74006; Rivercross Hospice, 3723 SE Frank Phillips Blvd., Bartlesville, OK 74006; First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1136, Bartlesville, OK 74003; Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma, P.O. Box 2406, Edmond OK 73083-9983; Kansas Masonic Foundation, Inc., 2909 SW Maupin Lane, Topeka, KS 66614-5335.
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from June 11 to July 10, 2013