February 17, 2021
Fred Putnam Booth, age 100, of New Port Richey, Florida, died Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at his home with his daughter at his side. Fred was born in New Concord, Ohio on February 11, 1921 to Fred C. and Mary Wilson Booth at home with the help of a midwife. There was not time to get to a hospital twelve miles away. In 1921, there were very few cars on the streets of New Concord as most people including Fred’s father, had barns in the alleys behind their houses and traveled by horse-drawn buggies and wagons. A few had Model T Fords. Children walked to school. The grade school and high school were in the middle of town. Nobody walked more than two miles, as all the little burgs in a six-mile radius had one room schoolhouses. One of the notable persons to graduate with Fred from New Concord High School was John Glenn. He and Fred played on the 1937 football team that was undefeated in the Muskingum Valley League that year. Fred was inducted into the U.S. Army at Fort Hayes in Columbus, Ohio. After six months training to be an infantry soldier at Camp Roberts, California, he went to the 96th Infantry Division. The 96th division neutralized the islands of Leyte, Phillippines and Okinawa, Japan. Then they went back to Mindoro to prepare to attack the Japanese mainlands. The war lords surrendered after two atomic bombs and 4 million troops finally returned home. Fred was a chemist. He worked in that field for the Penn Oil and the Union Oil companies, then with the State of Ohio EPA until he retired in 1996. He enjoyed golf, tennis, fishing, traveling and being a docent at the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus and the Works in Newark. He was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church before moving to Florida. He was a life member of Newark Masonic Lodge No. 97 F&AM, Scottish Rite, Teheran Grotta PM, The American Legion and a past member of the Elks, Moose, Toastmasters International, The United Commercial Travelers and The Ohio Defense Corp. For many years, he was a volunteer with the Boy Scout activities in Licking County working to maintain and improve Camp Falling Rock. He was preceded in death by is wife of 58 years, Elizabeth M. Booth. One of their pleasures was touring in their 1931 Model A Ford with members of the Antique Automobile Club of America. They visited Gettysburg, Hershey, PA, Cape Cod, The Smokies at Gatlinburg, French Lick, Indiana, Harper’s Ferry, Appomattox Court House and many other historical places. It was great fun for them to have their car break down, make road repairs and travel on. Fred is survived by a daughter, Sherri Lynn Grunden; a grandson, Fred H. (Denise) Grunden; and great-great grandchildren Alex and Alysa Grunden. Graveside services with military honors will be held 12 noon Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at Newark Memorial Gardens in Newark, Ohio. Underwood Funeral Home in Marysville, Ohio and Michels and Lundquist Funeral Home in New Port Richey, Florida assisted the family.
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