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SIDNEY - On Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, Robert George Bookhout went to be with his Lord. He was 88 and passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at Chestnut Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Oneonta.
He was born on May 2, 1929, in Franklin, son of the late George R. and Maude (Russell) Bookhout. He grew up on the family farm and was a graduate of Franklin High School.
On Aug. 12, 1950, Robert was married to Wanda Barry in the Franklin United Methodist Church.
Shortly after, he began his career at Scintilla, as a machinist and toolmaker. He retired from the company in 1992, after 39 years of service.
Robert especially enjoyed time with his family, and loved gathering everyone around the table to play cards. In addition, he enjoyed hunting and was an avid bowler throughout his life.
He served his community as a volunteer fireman for several years and was a longtime member of the Sidney United Methodist Church.
Robert is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Wanda Bookhout; four sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Marla Bookhout of Sherwood, Minnesota, Jeff and Carolyn Bookhout of Dryden, Kim and Nancy Bookhout of Guilford, and Scott and Pam Bookhout of Minneapolis, Minnesota; nine grandchildren, Yaicha and Mariah Bookhout, Jennifer (Bookhout) and Donald Nalle, Kaitlin (Bookhout) and Joseph Vitale, and Matthew Bookhout, Nicholas Bookhout and fiancée, Lisa Paciullo, Kristie (Bookhout) and Aaron Carey, and Joshua and Julian Bookhout; four great-grandchildren, Melanie and Brendan Carey, Arianna Bookhout, and Gionni Vitale; sister, Louise Glacken; two brothers-in-law, George Wright and Thomas Barry and wife, Peg; sister-in-law, Ethel Van Buren; as well as several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Robert was predeceased by two brothers, Fred and Kenneth Bookhout; and brothers-in-law, Earl C. "Chet" Glacken and Martin Van Buren.
Friends are invited to call from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 11, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St. Sidney. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 12, at the Sidney United Methodist Church, 12 Liberty St. Sidney, with the Rev. Ben Shaw officiating. Burial will take place in the spring in Ouleout Valley Cemetery in Franklin.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org.
Share condolences with the family online at www.landersfh.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.
Published on January 9, 2018
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