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Randall C. “Dick” Boob, 98 of 192 Weikert Road, Laurelton, passed away on Tuesday morning, April 4, 2017 at Riverwoods in Lewisburg.
He was born on the family farm east of Pleasant Grove on December 28, 1918, a son of the late Clarence Wagner Boob and Carrie (Klingaman) Boob.
Dick was a member of the Lincoln Chapel United Methodist Church, Laurelton.
He attended public schools near Pleasant Grove and graduated from Mifflinburg High School in 1936.
After graduation he worked on the family farm and the farms of Clarence Shively, a well-known local livestock dealer.
From April of 1941 to January of 1946, he served in the US Army rising to the rank of Staff Sargent. Initially stationed in Orlando, Florida he met Ava Geneice Stephens there who he later married on December 1, 1946. After the allied invasion of Europe, he served in the armed forces in France & Germany. He participated in a support role at the Battle of the Bulge and served in the European Theatre. After Germany’s surrender, he served in the occupational forces there until he was discharged in January of 1946.
After his military service, he worked for the Buffalo Valley Fruit Farm for one year and later for seven years at the Laurelton Center. For one of those years he served as the acting herdsmen.
In March of 1955 he & Ava Geneice, his wife, began operating a dairy farm west of Laurelton at 192 Weikert Road. Better known as Dick and Jean by all, their farm was a haven for Laurelton children and residents who went there to purchase whole milk and sweet corn. “Dick” was well known as a local dairyman who raised quality Holsteins and he actively farmed until his mid-80s. In addition to his love of farming and helping his farm neighbors, he enjoyed hunting; particularly for white tail deer. He, his brothers, and boyhood friends from the Pleasant Grove area formed a hunting group known as the Little Mountain Regulars, and Dick is the last surviving member of the original hunting group.
He is survived by three children, Thomas E. Boop, Linda C. Zechman, and James E. Boob, seven grandchildren, Ryan T. Boop, Garrett M. Boop, Ellyn B. Ross, Charles (Chip) R. Zechman, Ava J. Zechman, Nathan J. Boob, and Jamie R. Goss, in addition to numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
As the last member of his immediate family, he was preceded in death by brothers, Kermit K., Theron Frederick “Dan”, Clarence J., and his sister, Mildred H. Bowersox. In addition to his wife, Ava Geneice Boob, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Adam Randall Boop.
There will be no public viewing. Friends and family will be received from 6 – 8 p.m., Friday, April 7, 2017, at the Roupp Funeral Home, Inc., 8594 Old Turnpike Road, Mifflinburg, and from 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, at the Lincoln Chapel United Methodist Church, Laurelton, where the funeral will be conducted at 11, with Rev. Leslie Conklin, officiating.
Burial will be in the Mifflinburg Cemetery. Contributions to honor Randall’s memory may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.
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