Richard Mansfield Booze

Born: Sat., Oct. 15, 1932
Died: Wed., Sep. 4, 2013

Committal Service

9:30 AM Mon., Sep. 09, 2013
Location: Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

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Richard Mansfield Booze

Richard Mansfield Booze, age 80, of Hammond entered into the gates of heaven on Wednesday, September 4, 2013.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Rowena Booze, nee Neal;
5 children: Dr. ReGena Booze of El Monte, CA,
Deborah (Chaz) Byrd of Crofton, MD, Dell Dumas of Hammond, Adam (Aimee) Bates of Justice, IL and Crystal (Shawnree) Johnson of Gary, IN;
4 Grandchildren: Tracey Lankford, Evan (Juanita) Lankford, and Whitney Dumas:  
4 great grandchildren: Daniel, Mimi, Evan, Jr., and Ayden;
2 brothers: Henderson (Louise) Booze of Washington, DC and Edward A. (Koyi) Williams of Chicago, IL;
many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Preceded in death by his parents Fred and Leola Booze;
sisters: Mayme Cleveland and Doris “Dottie” Blackman;
brothers: Fred Booze, Jr. and Eugene Booze.
A Committal Service will be held on Monday, September 9, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. directly at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL.
Richard was born on October 15, 1932 in Mound Bayou, MS and moved to the Chicago area over 50 years ago. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force and had enlisted during the Korean War as an underage veteran. Richard was a member Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. for 59 years who as a young member co-designed their Sweetheart pin.
After earning his Master’s Degree, he devoted his life to youth outreach - working with Chicago street gangs as Director of Hull House. In 1998 he became President of Richard M. Booze & Associates, a consultant firm focusing on social services program design and training.
Richard enjoyed photography; spending time with his “heart with two little legs”, Whitney; playing practical jokes on family and friends, and sharing his vast knowledge of trivia.
Richard was very diverse in his interests; he enjoyed gardening; eating good food; reading National Geographic and Popular Science magazines; watching the Discovery channel, listening to classical music and was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish.
Richard was a kind, loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend who will be dearly missed. For more information you may call Bocken Funeral Home at (219) 844-1600.

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Edna Hall
   Posted Tue September 10, 2013
Dear ReGena and Family,

I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. Memories of Uncle Richard will leave an indelible imprint on your hearts. May you find comfort in knowing that your lives have been enriched by having shared his love.


Edna and Aja

   Posted Sat September 14, 2013
I'm glad we had the chance to talk before you left... I'm sending much love to my family and I'm sorry I couldn't be there in person... Know that I was there in spirit.

Love, Gena

Barbara Sanders
   Posted Mon October 28, 2013
Richard I just want you to know that you will be truly missed, this is Barbara Sanders, thank you for pushing me to get QHEIC, I will never forget all teh funny stories you use to tell. Your family and wife have my deepest condolences. God Bless the Booze family...

Cheryl Chukwu
   Posted Tue November 26, 2013
I knew Richard through my work with Russ Hults and Frank Carney. Richard was a man among men. The world was a better place with him in it. Love to all who were part of his life.

Hubert Harrien
   Posted Sun January 12, 2014
Hey, tried to contact you all to no success. I will miss you. Your friend Hubert

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