DOVER, Del. — Byron R. Bookhout of Dover, Delaware, passed away Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, at Westminster Village. He was 101 years old.
Mr. Bookhout was born Nov. 27, 1914, in Laurens, to the late Thomas E. Bookhout and Ethel A. Hand Bookhout.
He spent most of his life in Morris, where he helped with the family’s dairy farm. Mr. Bookhout received his doctorate degree in agriculture from Purdue University.
He served as an Airman in the United States Army Air Force during World War II.
Mr. Bookhout married Evelyn Hodges in 1944.
He worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture during which the family moved several times until his retirement in 1977. It was at this time when the family returned to upstate New York. After retirement, he worked as a carpenter, handyman and volunteered at Fox Hospital. In 1996, they moved to Westminster Village in Dover, Delaware. He remained active throughout his life with hobbies of carpentry, billiards, bowling and golf.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Evelyn in 2009; and brother, Kester D. Bookhout in 1995.
He is survived by daughter, Anne Wilson and her husband, Stephen; granddaughter, Patricia Wilson; grandson, Christopher; great- grandson, Olive Lee Wilson; nephew, Mark Baldwin and his wife, Alex; several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held later.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011.
Letters of condolences may be sent and guest book signed at www.torbertfuneral.com.