Independence – Richard W. Booth, 82 years old, of rural Independence, Iowa, died on Saturday, November 28, 2020, at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa. He was born on September 1, 1938, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Laurence Meryl and Lucille Henrietta (Gammon) Booth. He graduated from Wilson High School in Cedar Rapids with the Class of 1956. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve. On April 23, 1963, he and the former Erma Ruth Ziskovsky were married in Shueyville, Iowa. They were involved in grain and livestock farming in Linn and Buchanan Counties in Iowa. Mr. Booth never really retired. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Independence, the Cedar Rock American Legion Post #434 in Quasqueton, Iowa, the Independence Lions Club, the Farm Bureau, the Masonic Lodge (50 year member), and the El Kahir Shrine. He was formerly a member of the Buchanan County Fair Board and I.O.O.F. Lodge in Independence.
Mr. Booth enjoyed restoring antique cars, trucks, and tractors. He participated in antique tractor pulls and tractor rides in Iowa and neighboring states. He also enjoyed fishing on the Mississippi River with his family. His family was the high light of his life.
Mr. Booth is survived by his wife of 57 years, Erma, 1 son, Wayne (Janice) Booth of Saratoga, California, 1 daughter, Joanne (David) Tinker of Altoona, Iowa, and 4 grandchildren, Derek (Emily) Booth of San Diego, California, Alexander Booth of Sunnyvale, California, Angela (Dustin) Smith of Cedar Rapids, and Stacia (Matthew Formanek) Tinker of Norwalk, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Private Services will be held on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at Cedar Memorial Park in Cedar Rapids. A Memorial Fund has been established. White Funeral Home of Independence is in charge of arrangements. On line condolences may be left at www.White-MtHope.com. The service can be viewed at White Funeral Home & Mt. Hope Cemetery:Iowa, Facebook Page.