Ronald E. Booth, 65, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY — Ronald E. Booth, 65, passed away peacefully Friday morning, Jan. 4, at his home in Watertown.

Calling hours will be held 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the funeral home with Rev. Christopher Looby presiding.

Ronald was born Jan. 23, 1953, in Watertown, a son of Harry E. and Christine L. Baker Booth and he attended local schools.

On Feb. 2, 1971, he enlisted in the US Army. He was a proud member of the Airborne Rangers, serving in Vietnam. He received the Bronze Star, National Defense Service, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medals, the Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, Combat Infantryman Badge, and expert rating on his rifle. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 20, 1973.

On Oct. 6, 1973, he married Nancy S. Gaylor at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Benoit Dostie officiating.

Ron was a civilian employee of Fort Drum, operating heavy equipment from his military discharge until 1993.

He was a former member of St. Patrick’s Church, and a current member of the VFW Post 1400 and Eagles Aerie 782.

He enjoyed playing keyboard, taking rides on the Harley with his wife, and playing cards. He especially loved spending time with his family and grandson, Logan, and animals, especially Frodo.

Along with his wife, Nancy, Ron is survived by his two daughters, Deanna M. Sofia and husband, Sebastian J., and Teresa M. and Richard Padron, all of Watertown; three grandchildren, Logan Lajuett, and Isabella and Shelby Sofia; a brother, John M. Booth and wife, Donna, Philadelphia; two sisters-in-law, Donna L. Booth, Dexter and Priscilla Booth, Watertown; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Besides his parents, Ron was predeceased by two brothers, Thomas B. Booth, March 7, 2018, and Robert H. Booth, Sept. 1, 2006, and sister, Bonnie L. Thompson, July 25, 2018.

 In lieu of flowers, donations in Ron’s name may be made to SPCA of Jefferson County, PO Box 531, Watertown, NY 13601.

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