SANTA Fe – Services for James Abram Booth, 83, of Santa Fe, will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 10, 2013 at Santa Fe Christian Church with Reverend Kenny Sharp officiating. Burial will be in South Fork Cemetery with military honors provided by the Laddonia American Legion Post #510.
Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bienhoff Funeral Home in Perry.
Mr. Booth passed away at 2:25 p.m. May 7, 2013 at Missouri Veteran's Home in Mexico surrounded by his loving family.
He was born February 12, 1930 in Ralls County, the son of James Richmond and Laura Bernice Landis Booth.
He was married to Valena Hibbard on October 18, 1953 in Perry and she survives.
Other survivors include one son and his wife, Jimmy and Janet Booth of New Bloomfield; two daughters and their spouses, Jane and Jim Hurst of Paris, and Pam and Mike Pollock of Laddonia; two sisters, Patsy Hanna and Nadine Young, both of Mexico; seven grandchildren, Cassie (Luke) Olivas of Monroe City, Sara (Matt) Watson of Paris, Ryan (Rachel) Pollock of Fulton, Cory Pollock of Laddonia, Luke Booth of St. Louis, Emma and Logan Booth, both of New Bloomfield; five great grandchildren, Eveline, Isaiah, Polly, and Violet Olivas of Monroe City, and Wade Pollock of Fulton.
Mr. Booth was a lifetime area resident and farmer. He was educated in the South Fork grade school and then a 1947 graduate of Perry High School. He was baptised in 1945 and rededicated his life to Christ in 2008 and was a member of the Santa Fe Christian Church. He served in the US Army from 1949 to 1952 and attained the rank of Corporal. He was stationed at Fort Richardson, Alaska and worked in the supply unit. He worked for Hallmark in Kansas City after graduating and for Hendrick Feed Grinding both before and after being in the service. He then worked for the John Deere Implement Co. in Perry as a mechanic and the soybean mill at MFA in Mexico. He then enjoyed owning his own hammer mill (portable feed grinding) business from 1966 until 1980 when he had to retire for health reasons. He enjoyed traveling around to local farmers and visiting while grinding their feed. His favorite hobbies were fishing, gardening, playing cards and sitting in his easy chair. He loved his home, his children, and all of his grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dialysis Clinic in Mexico, Mo. or the Santa Fe Christian Church Salt Saturday Youth Group.
Pallbearers will be Cassie and Luke Olivas, Sara and Matt Watson, Ryan and Cory Pollock, and Luke, Logan and Emma Booth. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Miller, Charles Thomas, Earl Sweitzer, John Bergthold, Mike Willingham, Raymond Hildebrand, and Charles White.
Online condolences may be made at www.bienhofffuneralhome.com.