Sherman P. Booen
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Booen, Col. Sherman P. Age 97, of Richfield, flew to the heavens on April 4, 2011. Preceded in death by parents, Ralph & Gae Booen; brother, Shirley Booen; wife, Mavis; and daughter, Boni Roberts. Survived by granddaughter, D'Ette Mullinix (Jeff); son-in-law, Bill Roberts; sister, Mary Leone Sonksen of Albert Lea; nieces, Carla, Joanie, Jackie, Jeannie, Janice, Beverly; nephew, Maurice; and many other relatives & friends including special friends, Patty & Mike Steuck. Formerly of Glenville & Albert Lea, Sherm earned his broadcast license in 1934 and worked at KWTN in South Dakota and KATE in Albert Lea. In 1940 he learned to fly and joined the U.S. Army Air Corps where he trained aircrews in the operation of the C-1 autopilot in B-17 & B-24 bombers in WW2. As a Marine in Korea he was an air traffic controller and then to Tokyo as the Operations Officer of the Armed Forces Radio - Far East Command. In 1953 he produced a television program on WCCO-TV called "World of Aviation" which ran for 28 years. In addition to his television work, he published an aviation magazine called "Minnesota Flyer" with the help of wife Mavis and daughter Boni. He was inducted into the "Aviation Hall of Fame" in 1995 and the "Broadcasting Hall of Fame" in 2002. Sherm flew a 1938 Taylorcraft and then his Beechcraft Bonanza (N758B) for 20 years, he flew until age 90 and earned the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. He was an avid radio buff (WØRHT) since 1934. He was loved and will be missed. Memorial Service on Friday, April 15th at 1pm at Richfield United Methodist Church, 5835 Lyndale Ave. S. Memorials preferred to NC Little Hospice, Edina. GILL BROTHERS Minneapolis Chapel 612-861-6088

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Published in Star Tribune from Apr. 7 to Apr. 10, 2011.
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April 1, 2019
My wife and I were most privileged and pleased to have known Sherm and his Wife Mavis.....a wonderful couple and pleased that we had the opportunity to visit each other......I met Sherm through our mutual interest in Amateur Radio....his callsign W0RHT.....mine GM3MQO.......and also Aviation.....I was an Air Traffic Controller and Sherm very much involved with the scene over many years with his own TV programme from WCCO......I had kept close contact with Sherm and was very much at a loss at his passing.....and still miss Him to this Day !!
Garry Olesen
April 27, 2011
Being in th right place at the right times does good things. By pure luck 4+ Copies of Marine Wings and the video tape of the histories of VMF 213 and VMF 234 are in the Marine Corps University Archives at Quantico VA.
The tape and the books are now being used in a project telling of Marine Avation Reservists. I got the books and tape from Sherm and Llyle Bradley and they are not part of real hisgtory.
I grew up listening to Sherm the Disc Jockey and watching Wolrd of Avation.
I was the S-3, (a Corporal)
clerk for VMF 213 between 1953-56 and am so haapy to have good memories of Sherm and all the men who contributed to Marine Wings.
Semper Fi and Safe Flight West, Sherm
Karl Westerman
April 17, 2011
I watched Sherm every week growing up in the Twin Cities. Even though I have never taken up flying, I have many good memories of watching his show. That is what the television medium was made for, and I thank Sherm for that.
Rick Deziel
April 15, 2011
Dear D’ette, Jeff, Bill & Booen Family:

We would like to express our hearfelt sympathy to all over the passing of Sherm. We fondly recall celebrating a few Marine Corps Birthday Balls with him and wife Mavis. It was an honor and a pleasure to do so. We hope it is a comfort to you that he is now with her, and dear daughter Boni.

Thank you Colonel Booen for your service to this country while serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps and the United States Marine Corps. What a legacy you have left with ALL that you did in your life.

Our Best, God Bless & Semper Fidelis

Raymond P. Wald
Master Gunnery Sergeant,USMCR(Ret.)
Ray & Kathy
Ray & Kathy Wald
April 14, 2011
The good that men do DOES live after them. KATE radio is still on the air, Minnesota Flyer is still being published, and thousands of pilots inspired by Sherm still pass his enthusiasm for flight along.

That's a great gift to the aviation fraternity, and as close to immortality on Earth as most of will achieve.
Jim Hanson
April 14, 2011
What a privilege to have known such a fine man. I worked with Sherm when I was a director at WCCO, and later we shared announce booth duties. We had aviation in common since I was a laid-off NWA pilot and was fortunate to be able to work at WCCO during those times. What a pleasure to know and work with a legend!
He will be missed.
Jim Barker
April 14, 2011
I've known Colonel Booen since 1962, when I was assigned to the Marine Air Reserve Training Detachment, at the Twin Cities Naval Air Station, as the public information NCO. He was a good friend, a good Marine and an avid and valuable supporter of Marine aviation.
I shall never forget him.

Clifton V. Stallings
Master Gunnery Sergeant, USMC (Ret.)
Clifton Stallings
April 14, 2011
Ever since I was a little kid, talking to Sherm on my grandpa's ham radio, I was fascinated with his stories of aviation. Whether it was doing FAA Wings Safety Seminars together at Thunderbird Aviation and Planes of Fame, or the Airshows with Air Expo and Wings of the North, he was an inspiration to me, my grandparents, my dad, my kids, my uncles and everyone who knew him. Oh, how he will be missed.

Bob Luikens
Savage, MN
Bob Luikens
April 13, 2011
Colonel Booen was a dear friend. He always had a kind word to offer. And, as a mentor, good advice as well.
Sherm, may you rest in peace. You have been an inspiration to the Marine Corps Family in Minnesota. You will always be in our hearts.
Semper Fi,
Col. Dick and Ann Van Sickle
Marine Corps Coordinating Council, MN.
Richard Van Sickle
April 12, 2011
Sorry to hear the news. I remember watching "World of Aviation" on Sundays for many years. My deepest condolences to the family.
April 12, 2011
I was introduced to aviation through Sherm's eyes by watching his program every week when I was a kid. My father also knew him as a ham radio operator. As a former Navy pilot, I can certainly appreciate a fine Marine as well. Through Sherm's career(s) and hobbies, so many folks were reached by him, and their lives were touched. I know mine was.
Thanks Sherm.
Dick Schulz
April 11, 2011
Thank you for your service to our country! God bless you & your family.
Brenda Danzeisen
April 11, 2011
My father, Harry Goodyear, was also a Marine Wings member with Sherm. They were friends for many years and I am sure they are flying the skies in Heaven! Semper Fi.
Maggie Goodyear
April 11, 2011
My memories of Great-Uncle Sherm are of sitting at my Grandma and Grandpa's on many of the holidays that Sherm and Mavis joined us, listening to him tell of his adventures in flying and telling us kids the story of "The Blizzard". I remember the first time I opened the mailbox to find a copy of "The Minnesota Flyer" inside. How proud and happy I was to have known a man with so many accomplishments and adventures to his credit! Every Sunday I could be found in front of the television, watching and listening to his stories of flying! I still hear him signing off in that voice, so clear and powerful......Happy landings Uncle Sherm!
Vic Ruth
April 11, 2011
Sherm and Mavis were good friends of my parents. My Father
April 11, 2011
Thinking of Sherm's life has brought me so many happy memories of his and Mavis's life together. I remember the two of them packing up N758B to head off on exotic vacations with my brother Gary's and my parents, Al (Barney) and Connie Barnum. I remember Sherm and Barney flying N758B for the sheer joy of flying as well as the joy of friendship and cameraderie. I remember being glued to World of Aviation for years and years, mesmerized by that magnificent voice and so proud that I knew Sherm and Mavis. I remember reading Minnesota Flyer cover-to-cover, even though I wasn't a pilot.
I too think of Sherm each and every time I see a V-tail Bonanza, and feel so lucky to have known him and Mavis.
A great avaiator; a great husband, father, and grandfather; a great and proud Marine and American. Rejoice in his life and cherish the many happy memories he has given all of us.
Jim (& DeDe) Barnum
April 10, 2011
A Minnesota legend has passed. I worked in the WCCO-TV newsroom while in college and was privileged to get to know Sherm. He, as well as The World of Aviation, helped light the fire for my interest in aviation, although it was 15 years later that I settled down long enough in one place to get my private license. To this day, whenever I see an old Bonanza. I think of Sherm.
David Ziegenhagen
April 10, 2011
Oh My Goodness,so sad to hear of Sherm's passing.It was so long ago but Sherm and Mavis were a big part of my youth. His voice-- and Mavis' sweet kindness- I have often thought of them. Sherm took my wedding pictures- in 1975. I always felt so honored to know them, even as a child- I felt like he were famous- and I guess he was pretty special that they were part of my life.I have wonderful memories of the past and Booen family.

D'Ette and Tom Larson
D'Ette Larson
April 10, 2011
Sherm was truly a Minnesota Aviation Legend. Everybody involved in any way in aviation knew him. He was a lovely man. So enjoyed World of Aviation on TV and the Minnesota Flyer newsletter. He lived a wonderful life.
Anne Kerr
April 10, 2011
From a Marine Wings member. I will always remember his voice on TV and in person. He had a long and successful life, he will be missed by all.
Rest in peace, SEMPER FI
LT/Col. Myron Engel
April 10, 2011
I remember watching the "World of Aviation" on WCCO-TV many years ago. Just a listener, but he made be appreciate the role airplanes play in our lives.
Ed Burns
April 10, 2011
I remember Sherm as a wonderful man and dear friend of my late mother and father. He lived a long and very accomplished life. My condolences to his friends and family.

Gary Barnum
New York, New York
April 10, 2011
It was with great sadness that I heard of Sherm's passing! I remember as a child watching World of Aviation. He was a true friend to my Father. have now truly earned your wings!
My thoughts and prayers are with the family!
Patti McGuire (Dolny)
April 10, 2011
Sherm was employed by my grandfather, Edgar Hayek, to play a major role as a radio engineer in the start-upof KATE radio in Albert Lea in 1937. I also heard many great stories about Sherm from my Dad, Warner Tidemann, who was manager of KATE. Sherm visited the site where my uncle, Lt. Harold Tideman was killed in 1944 in Cassino, Italy at the end of WWII and wrote back to our family to share that experience. Sherm and I have shared stories via email and telephone. He was a remarkable man. Rev. Paul Tidemann., St. Paul, Minnesota,
Rev. Paul Tidemann
April 10, 2011
I am sorry to hear of Sherm's passing. I have known him since the mid 60s when I started watching his TV show. I was flying at the time and I every week I sat in front of the
TV to learn about aviation from Sherm. My Mother-In-Law was at the same nursing home since September of last year and my Brother-In-Law told me Sherm was in the same facility. I was introduced to Sherm and had many conversations with him up until my Mother-In-Law passed away about one month ago. What a great man he is. He made so many contributions to the world. I am sorry to his family for their loss.
David Carter
April 9, 2011
Met Sherm and Mavis through a mutual interest of Ham Radio and aviation in the 1960s...Very privileged to have been friends and to have had the chance to visit them....A wonderful Gentleman who achieved so much in the course of a very busy and adventurous Life...Will miss Him very much !!
Garry & Lilian Olesen
Prestwick, Scotland
April 8, 2011
Semper Fi. Sherm.

Billy Mac Eutsler
April 8, 2011
It is with great sadness that I say good bye to a great man who was a ham radio friend and fellow Marine. I know an honor guard was awaiting your arrival.
Semper Fi Sherm
Rodger Stivison
April 8, 2011
We mourn the passing of Sherm Booen, Minnesota's Mr Aviation and our friend. How fortunate we were to know him. We'll always treasure our fun times with Sherm and Mavis.
Jim and Dolly Bunke
April 8, 2011
Goodby Old friend. So many wonderful memories of our Marine friends. I will miss you. Save me a place.
Lois Christie
April 8, 2011
Colonel Sherman Booen was my commanding officer for many years in the Marine Corps Reserve in Minneapolis. He was a fine officer and a proud Marine. I was proud to serve in his command. Sherm got me interested in becoming a pilot and thru his encouragement, received my private pilot's license. He taught me navigating with the VOR system in his beloved Beechcraft 58B. His World of Aviation television show on WCCO-TV every Sunday morning was a must. Semper Fi, colonel!
John G. Tuset (Mountain Home, Arkansas)
April 8, 2011
We will miss you Uncle Sherm! You had so many great stories that we could sit and listen all day!
Maridith Jones
April 7, 2011
I fondly remember going to the Officer's Club with Sherm and my brothers. We had a few "Mavis's" and talk about flying. We all grew up watching "The World of Aviation " as our parents were pilots. It was a thrill to spend time with him.He was a true gentleman and will be missed.
Heather Christie
April 7, 2011
The sad passing of an interesting and self-made man.. Ham Operator, WCCO World of Aviation show, Minnesota Flyer magazine, Two Military stents ending with his retirement as a Colonel, fun South Dakota pheasant hunter, a enjoyable companion at the Fort Snelling Officers Club enjoying the "Mavis Martini" etc.etc. We so enjoyed your companionship.
Niece Beverly and Le Roy Troske
Beverly and LeRoy Troske
April 7, 2011
Sherm Booen inspired me to become a pilot.

Whether flying up to Ontario aboard a de Havilland Beaver for a weekend of fishing, or taking us on a tour of North Central Airline's new DC-9 cockpit, Sherm showed me - and tens of thousands of other WCCO-TV viewers - what fun flying could be.

I'm sure Sherm will do quite well with his new set of wings. And like he always taught us - don't forget your pre-flight.
D Johnson
April 7, 2011
A great friend of aviation and a genuine nice person.
Jack Spalding
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