CHATHAM, Ill. -- Ralph Warren Booth, 69, of Springfield, passed away Monday (May 20, 2013) in his home. Born in St. Louis on Dec. 23, 1943, he was the son of the late Gordon and Anna Mae Ralph Booth. On Feb. 26, 1999, he married Arlyn Sherwood. She survives. Mr. Booth 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 career as an operating engineer for Local 965 for 40 years. In addition to his wife of 14 years, survivors include 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. Mr. Booth was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather; half-brothers, Terry and Jeffrey Wallander; and a grandson, Monty Booth Hodges. SERVICES: Private family services were held before cremation rites were accorded by Cremation Services of Central Illinois, Chatham. MEMORIALS: Memorial Home Services Hospice, 720 N. Bond St., Springfield, IL 62702. Ralph received excellent care from the staff, especially Regina McLaughlin, R.N. ARRANGEMENTS: Staab Polk Memorial Home, Chatham. WEBSITE: www.staabpolk.com.
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from May 23 to May 25, 2013