Roger L. Booth, 72, of Kinderhook, Ill., died Saturday, April 13, 2019, at home, surrounded by family after a brave 18 month battle against esophageal cancer caused by exposure to Agent Orange while serving with the Seabees (U.S. Navy) in Vietnam.

Roger L. Booth, 72, of Kinderhook, Ill., died Saturday, April 13, 2019, at home, surrounded by family after a brave 18 month battle against esophageal cancer caused by exposure to Agent Orange while serving with the Seabees (U.S. Navy) in Vietnam.
He was born June 29, 1946, to Benny and Clara (Lovett) Booth in Hudson, Fla.
He married Judy Snow on Dec. 28, 1968, in Blue Island, Ill., and she survives.
Roger served three years in the U.S. Army, two years in the U.S. Navy Seabees and 22 years in the U.S. Air Force. While serving in the Air Force his unit (Red Horse) built an alternate landing site for one of the space shuttles and he also went to Africa to drill wells so the local people could have water. He enjoyed seeing the reaction when people heard he had served in the three branches of the military. After retiring he worked for 16 years as a delivery specialist for Schneider National Bulk Carriers.
Some of his favorite things were woodworking in his garage and traveling. He and his wife went on several cruises including Alaska, Iceland, the Caribbean and the Panama Canal.
He is survived by Judy, his wife of 50 years; a son, Jonathan (wife Peri) Booth of Erie, Colo., and children, Asia Rae, Cayanne, Trinity and Hadley; and a daughter, Jennifer Booth of Albany, Ore. Also surviving is his mother-in-law, Dorothy Snow of Mercer, Wis.; and sisters, Margaret Trapp of Lake Panasoffkee, Fla., and Harriet (husband Walter) Friend of Portage, Ind., and extended family, Roger and Barbara Neese (children) Jennifer, Kelly and David) of Marlow, N.H., Bruce and Kathy Neece of Hull, Ill., and special friends, Robert and Ruth Horstmeyer of Kinderhook, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mildred Lewis; his father-in-law, Robert F. Snow; and brothers-in-law, John Trapp and James O’Brien.
A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry, Ill.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday. Following the services, cremation rites will be accorded, and ashes will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Va., at a later date.
Memorials are suggested to Hull–Kinderhook Fire Department or the Barry Food Pantry.
Special thanks go to the doctors and chemo nurses at the Iowa City VA Hospital, Bradley Kuntz, nurse at the Quincy VA clinic, and Blessing Hospice, especially Sarah Gunder, who took excellent care of Roger.
Online condolences may be sent to Nieburfh.com.
Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry is handling the arrangements.