Col. Robert E. Booth, on November 15, 2020, made his final flight, slipping the bonds of earth, reaching out and touching the face of God. Bob was born to his mother, Myrtis Booth, in Peekskill, New York, and at age two, went to live the remainder of his formative years with his Aunt and Uncle, Florence and Thurlow Travis. He was a graduate of Peekskill High School, Class of 1949.
In 1951, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a Private and stayed in that service until retiring as a Colonel in 1977. He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant and his pilots wings on May 12, 1954, and three days later married the former Mary Jane Stone, also of Peekskill.
During his 26 years of active duty he amassed nearly 8000 hours of flying time, of which several hundred hours were flown as a combat rescue pilot during the Viet-Nam war. He was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action, as well as several Distinguished Flying Crosses and many Air Medals.
Upon his retirement from the Air Force in 1977, Bob and his family moved to San Antonio, Texas, where he established Hiflite Homes, Inc., a custom homebuilding firm. He built many fine homes throughout the greater San Antonio area.
Bob was an avid canine hobbyist and a loyal supporter of the Basset Hound breed for over 50 years. He was honored with a lifetime membership in the Basset Hound Club of America. He was an American Kennel Club approved dog show judge for more than 45 years, judging Hounds and Non-Sporting breeds.
Col. Booth was predeceased by his first wife, Mary Jane, who passed of Alzheimer’s disease in 2003. He is survived by the love of his life, wife Sandra James Booth, son Robert S. (Rob) Booth and wife Teresa, daughter Laurie and husband Mike Krzywosinksi, step-son David Braswell and wife Julie, step-son Dan Braswell and wife Debbie, grandson Brandon Booth and wife Hannah, granddaughter Bridget Mercer and husband Mike, granddaughter Katie Sherrill and husband Greg, grandson Kyle Krzywosinski and wife Courtney Chilton, granddaughter Annie Reid and husband Jacob, grandson Thomas Yates, granddaughter Emilie Bailey and husband Chase, and grandsons John Micah Braswell, Nathaniel Braswell and Carter Braswell. There are six great grandchildren. Bob was proud of his blended family.
His family and many, many friends will miss him.
Services will be held privately, due to COVID-19 restrictions. Thank you for understanding.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob's honor to the Basset Hound Club of America .