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Randy Dale Booth, age 53, of Circleville, passed away at his home on Aug. 4, 2015, after a year-long battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

He was born on Nov. 27, 1961, in Nelsonville, to the late Robert P. Booth Sr. and Mary M. “Maggie” Booth of Hamden.

He was a loving son, brother, husband, father, papaw and friend.

At the age of 17, Randy left home to join the United States Navy, just as his father had. He proudly served his country from 1979 to 1985. He was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, and Pensacola, Florida, and did three years and six months of sea duty aboard the USS Independence CV-62 aircraft carrier.

Upon being honorably discharged from the military, he began a career in transportation that spanned almost 30 years. He was a long haul driver who eventually became a fleet manager, transportation manager and safety and compliance manager. He eventually returned to his first love and started driving truck across the country once more.

When he was diagnosed he with ALS on July 29, 2014, he and his wife were traveling the US as mobile hearing technicians.

Randy enjoyed traveling, photography, baseball, dirt track racing, cheering for the Ohio State Buckeyes and the San Francisco 49er’s and spoiling his grandsons.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his loving wife, Mary Kaye; his children, Nicholas (Kayla Murray) Booth, Jeremy Hunter and Michael Hunter of McArthur, Shalleta Haggard of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Caitlyn (Aaron) Kirk, Carina (William Sr.) Hickey and Jennifer (Eliot Nair) Hunter of Circleville; his brothers, Richard (Patty) Booth and Ronald (Barbara) Booth of Zaleski; his grandsons, Anthony, William Jr., Landon, Matthew, Lynx, Aiden and Ezekiel; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert P. Booth Jr.

The family would like to thank the staff at Berger Hospice, the Chillicothe VA Home Base Primary Care Team and the SCI&D clinic and the Cleveland VA ALS clinic team, as well as the caregivers who came into the home to assist Mary in caring for him.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, at Haller Funeral Home in Chillicothe, with Chaplain Jim Ferrell officiating. Military graveside services will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Zaleski. Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, as well as one hour prior to the service on Saturday, Aug. 8.

Visit www.hallerfuneralhome.com.

This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal