Ralph Warren Booth, 69, of Springfield, passed away Monday, May 20, 2013, at his residence.
Born in St. Louis Dec. 23, 1943, he was the son of the late Gordon and Anna Mae Ralph Booth. On Feb. 26, 1999, he married Arlyn Sherwood. Mr. Booth was preceded in death by his parents; and his stepfather; half brothers, Terry and Jeffrey Wallander; and his grandson, Monty Booth Hodges.
Mr. Booth is survived by Arlyn, his wife of 14 years; three daughters, Patricia (Marty) Booth Hodges of Urbana, Tina (John) Thomas of Bloomington and Rashell of Danville, and their mother, Mary Tschee; grandchildren, Mika, Haley, Maggi, Taylor, Clayton, Corinna and Warren; half brother, Randall (Marsha) Wallander; and one half sister, Brenda (Darrel) Tribble.
He was partial to driving a crane on river jobs because he enjoyed working on the water. He served as a steward on many of the jobs and mentored many apprentices. He had a lifetime career as an operating engineer for Local 965 for 40 years.
Private family services were held before cremation rites were accorded by Cremation Services of Central Illinois in Chatham. Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Home Services -Hospice, 720 North Bond Street, Springfield, IL 62702. Ralph received excellent care from the staff, especially Regina McLaughlin, RN. Staab Polk Memorial Home in Chatham, www.staabpolk.com, is serving the Booth family.
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on May 23, 2013