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Afton Booth

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Afton Booth Obituary
Afton Booth
PEORIA - Afton E. Booth, 63, of Peoria passed away at 3:33 p.m. Sunday, May 13, 2018, at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, with his loving wife at his side.
He was born on April 11, 1955, in Duluth, MN, to Bobby Lee and Colene M.(Cohoon) Booth. He married Jill Geier on June 7, 1991, in Peoria. She survives.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Afton is survived by his wife, Jill; his mother, Colene Booth of Peoria; step-mother, Bina Booth of Ormond Beach, FL; step-son, Jeremy (Rachel) Foster of Roscoe, IL; step-daughter, Shawna (Geoff) Bergman of Denver, CO; and grandchildren, Kendall Foster, Cambry Foster, Josephine Bergman and Bo Francis Bergman.
Afton attained his bachelor's degree in accounting from Western Illinois University. He spent all of his career in the insurance industry. He started with The Unland Co's on April 28, 1980. He was a member of the Independent Agents of Illinois, a Certified Insurance Counselor since 1997, and a Certified School Risk Manager. Afton served as President of The Unland Co's until January 1, 2016, at which time he was appointed Chairman of the Board. He served on the Agents Advisory Council for Indiana Insurance (Liberty Mutual), Selective Insurance and
Accident Fund. Afton also served on the Commerce Bank Advisory Board 2005-2011 and on the Morton Community Bank Advisory Board from 2011-2018.
He was a member of Rotary International, having been a member of the Farmington Rotary Club, East Peoria Rotary Club and Pekin Rotary Club, serving as President of the Pekin Rotary Club and received the distinguished Paul Harris Fellow Award. Afton was a member of Mount Hawley County Club since 1987 and enjoyed many golf outings with friends and clients.
Afton especially enjoyed bicycling trips with his wife. Afton was the only child of a military father, so he had the pleasure of living in many places in the U.S., spending 9 of his boyhood years in Alaska. Afton loved and was loved by many who will miss him greatly.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, at First United Methodist Church, 116 NE Perry Ave., Peoria, IL, with visitation 1 hour prior. Pastor Dr. Tim Ozment will be officiating the service. An additional visitation will be held Friday, May 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Private burial will be in Trivoli Cemetery.
Henderson Funeral Home & Crematory, 2131 Velde Dr., Pekin, is assisting his family with arrangements.
Afton's family would like to thank Dr. Veeder and the staff at Illinois Cancer Care and Dr. Olsson and the staff at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home.
Memorials by be made to First United Methodist Church, children's ministry or the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, 8630 Illinois State Route 91, Peoria.
To leave an online condolence, please visit www.hendersonfuneralcare.com.
Published in Peoria Journal Star from May 14 to May 16, 2018
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