Richard Ward ‘Dick’ Booher

Richard Ward “Dick” Booher, 91, State College, passed away Friday at The Fairways at Brookline, State College.

He was born in Bridgeport, Conn., son of the late Ward Bristor and Edna (Beatty) Booher. He married Gwendolyn Kephart on June 16, 1948, at First Church of Christ, Philipsburg.

Surviving are his wife; a sister, Ethel J. McEwan and husband, William, of Novato, Calif.; four nephews: Gary McEwan of Novato, William R. Kephart Jr. of Rineyville, Ky., Donald Brian Kephart and wife, Tammie, of Beaver Falls and Jeffery Thomas Kephart of Morristown, N.J.; four nieces: Sue Kast of Fort Wayne, Ind., Ruth Schaffer of Fort Wayne, Kathryn Ann Kephart of Atlanta, Ga., and Vicky Albert and husband, Randy, of rural Morrisdale; eight great-nephews: Brian Kast, Mark Kast, Joseph Kast, Ryan McEwan, Dillon McEwan, Dr. Nate Kephart, Adam Kephart and Wyatt Albert; two great-nieces: Melissa Schaffer and Cheyenne Albert; and a cousin, Edward Booher of Greensburg.

He is also survived by in-laws: Col. William R. Kephart and wife, Maryann, of Rineyville, Ky., Donald R. Kephart and wife, Elaine, of Chester Hill, Thomas G. Kephart and wife, Nancy, of Beaver and Barbara Ann Kephart of Coraopolis.

He was preceded in death by his beloved son, Richard W. “Ricky” Jr.; an infant brother, Robert Wayne; a sister, Zelma “Bunny” Phillips and husband, William; and a niece, Sandra Lee McEwan Dunn.

Dick graduated from Philipsburg High School in 1941 and, after graduation, enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served during WWII in the Pacific Theater of Operations. After being honorably discharged, he attended State Teachers College at Lock Haven and received his Bachelor of Science in education, majoring in biology. He later received his master’s degree from Penn State University.

He taught science at D.S. Keith Junior High School in Altoona and taught advanced placement biology at Plainfield High School in Plainfield, N.J., Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights, N.J., and Jonathan Dayton High School in Springfield, N.J. He retired in 1985 from the Union County Regional District.

Dick was very active in the Christian church as an elder and teacher in Scotch Plains, N.J., and State College. He enjoyed reading, playing and advising chess, photography and gardening. He was known for his integrity and was very kind and considerate of others, and his loving spirit will always be with those who knew him.

At the family’s request, there will be no public viewing. A graveside service and burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Philipsburg Cemetery, Route 350 South, Philipsburg, the Rev. William R. Fowler officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dick’s memory to Holt Memorial Library, 17 N. Front St., Philipsburg, PA 16866; Scotch Plains Christian Church, 1800 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076; First Church of Christ, 1437 Tyrone Pike, Philipsburg, PA 16866; State College Christian Church, 403 S. Allen St., Suite 112-A, State College, PA 16801; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are by David K. Dahlgren Funeral Home, 228 N. Centre St., Philipsburg. Online condolences may be made to the family at dahlgrenfuneral