Randall C. "Dick" Boob, 98, of 192 Weikert Road, Laurelton, passed away on Tuesday morning, April 4, 2017, at RiverWoods, Lewisburg.
He was born on the family farm east of Pleasant Grove on Dec. 28, 1918, a son of the late Clarence Wagner and Carrie (Klingaman) Boob.
Dick 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 Army rising to the rank of staff sargent. Initially stationed in Orlando, Fla., he met Ava Geneice Stephens whom he later married on Dec. 1, 1946. After the allied invasion of Europe, he served in the armed forces in France and 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 and 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 came 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.
Dick was a member of the Lincoln Chapel United Methodist Church, Laurelton.
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; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was prececded in death by his wife, Ava; one grandson, Adam Randall Boop. He was the last member of his immediate family, and was preceded by three brothers, Kermit K., Theron Frederick "Dan", Clarence J.; and one sister, Mildred H. Bowersox.
There will be no public viewing. Friends and family will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday 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, followed by the funeral at 11, with the Rev. Michael Wilson officiating.
Burial will be in the Mifflinburg Cemetery.
Contributions to honor Randall's memory may be made to the donor's favorite charity.
Leave your condolences online at www.rouppfuneralhome.com.
Published on April 4, 2017