Ralph Warren Booth
SPRINGFIELD - Ralph Warren Booth, 69, of Springfield, Ill., passed away Monday, May 20, 2013, at his residence. Born in St. Louis, Mo., on December 23, 1943, he was the son of the late Gordon and Anna Mae Ralph Booth. On February 26, 1999, he married Arlyn Sherwood.
Mr. Booth was preceded in death by his parents; 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; 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, Chatham.
Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Home Services -Hospice, 720 N. Bond St., Springfield, IL 62702.
Ralph received excellent care from the staff, especially Regina McLaughlin, RN.
Staab Polk Memorial Home, Chatham, is serving the Booth family.