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Winnebago - Harvey Dallas Booth, 67, of Winnebago, went home to be with the Lord Monday, May 28, 2012, from his home, with his loving family at his side. Born October 21, 1944, in Peach Orchard, Ark., the son of Harvey Cleveland and Helen Jeweline (Higgins) Booth, and stepfather, Gerald Scott. Attended Auburn High School, Rockford. Dallas was proud to serve his country in the United States Army. He was drafted in 1965 and spent six weeks basic training in Fort Knox, Ky., and advanced infantry training at Fort Sill, Okla. He spent four months in the spring of 1966 at Pforzheim, Germany, doing missile training. His unit was ready for combat during Vietnam, but was called off due to bad weather and heavy equipment. He was honorably discharged in August of 1971. Dallas married Christine Legue on October 25, 1969, in Lincolnwood Baptist Church, Rockford. He was a sheet metal worker at Ipsen Industries, Cherry Valley, for 37 years and a member of UAW Local No. 1268. Dallas was a member of New Life Bible Church. He had a passion for gospel music and loved listening to the Statler Brothers. Dallas coached girl's softball for several years through the Winnebago Park District and made several friendships with his girls that lasted for years beyond the softball field. He was a loyal Winnebago Indian fan, hardly ever missing a football or basketball game. Some of his most treasured memories are of watching his kids and grandkids play sports. Dallas was a die-hard Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs fan. An outdoorsman at heart, he dearly loved fishing with his brothers, kids and grandkids. He enjoyed puttering around the yard. Dallas loved to cook and was "famous" for biscuits with sausage gravy and also his goulash.
A special thank you to the wonderful nurses and doctors at Swedish American Heart Hospital, Swedish American Region Cancer Center and Heartland Hospice. Dallas touched the lives of so many people and will be greatly missed. He was kind and compassionate and loved everyone unconditionally.
Dallas is lovingly survived by his wife, Christine Booth of Winnebago; children, Roy Booth of South Beloit, and Aaron (Angelica) Booth and Bekki (Kevin) Neal, both of Winnebago; grandchildren, Austin, Hannah, Payton, Elliott, Elizabeth, Carter and Cason, and also Nathan, Brandon and Ricky; brothers, Leon Booth, Ronnie (Gayle) Booth and Rodger Durbin; sisters, Connie (Patrick) Merten and Shelly (Steve) Vandervort; stepbrother, Mike (Kathy) Scott; stepsister, Sherry (Jerry) Hawes; aunt, Pauline (Max) Ward; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by his father, Harvey; mother, Helen; and stepfather, Gerald.
Service at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 1, 2012, in New Life Bible Church, Route 20 at Hoisington Road, Winnebago, with Pastor Gary Turner and Pastor Tim Spickler officiating. Burial in Willwood Burial Park, Rockford. Visitation 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 31, 2012, in Genandt Funeral Home, 602 N. Elida St., Winnebago.