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Thomas J. Booth Jr. - 92

3/4/1927 - 12/26/2019


    Thomas J. Booth age 92 of Colchester, passed away Thursday, December 26, 2019, at Heartland Health Care Center in Macomb.  He was born March 4, 1927 in Colchester, to Thomas and Anna Stewart Booth.  

    Surviving to mourn his passing is 2 Sisters: Betty Haines, Jefferson City, Missouri, Bonnie Laird, Macomb, along with several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

    Tom was preceded in death by his parents, 2 Brothers: Abbie Booth, Bill Booth, 1 Sister: Elizabeth Biswell and 1 Brother In Law: Bob Laird.

    Tom proudly served his country in the United States Army, during World War II.  He was a 1955 Graduate of Western Illinois University, where he got his teaching degree in Industrial Arts.  He taught in Chicago and for many years at Peoria Manual in Peoria.  Tom then became very active in politics.  He became good friends with President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy.  Through the Reagan Presidency, Tom served as head of President Reagan’s advance team.  He also worked for the Nixon White House and became friends with President Nixon.  In Tom’s later years he worked to set up the Lincoln Day Luncheon and events in Springfield, and he also managed Lincoln’s Home.  With all of Tom’s connections he was able to assemble a vast collection of artifacts.  On April 22, 2009, Tom was presented Tom Booth Day in the city of Macomb.  He donated his extensive collection of political memorabilia to WIU, which was then turned into and exhibit/museum in Morgan Hall.  Tom retired from Administration at the Illinois Department of Transportation.  He loved the time he spent in Washington D.C. and Springfield.  He loved to travel and was a avid Chicago Cub fan.  Most of all he loved visiting with his family and friends.

    Graveside services will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday, January 2, 2020, at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester with Rev. Dean Reeverts.  Military Rites will be held at the grave by the Macomb V.F.W. and Macomb American Legion.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester after 9:00 A.M. Wednesday January 1, 2020.  Memorial is to The Honor Flight.  Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com


Friends may View and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Wednesday to 5:00 P.M. Wednesday

11:00 A.M. Thursday, January 2, 2019, at Mt. Auburn Cemetery


  • Barb Welk

    on 01/02/20

    Bonnie: I am so sorry to read of Tom's passing.  You know he was a very, very special friend  to me for many years.  
    Please extend my sympathies to his family and know that I'm thinking of you.  He was quite a guy!

    Fondly, Barb

  • Kim Sedgwick

    on 01/02/20

    Although I was not as close to Tom as many of you - as I had just recently met him just a few years ago - our visits together were always very special.  What a wonderful person to know  - and I am so fortunate to have met him.  God Speed, Tom, for you are now young and free again, skiing, traveling where ever the winds may take you in the vast and beautiful paradise.  Your travels shall never end now, as you reunite with all of your cherished family and friends that went before you. You made us smile and laugh.  Thank you Tom, for being you and changing the world with your butterfly affect. Our condolences to his beloved family and friends.

    Kim Sedgwick - Macomb

  • Lawrence Blake

    on 01/02/20


    Joan and I are deeply saddened to learn of Tom's passing. He was a wonderful and generous friend to us and to the National Park Service and all of his friends at Lincoln Home National Historic Site. It is difficult to recount all of the contributions that Tom made over the years towards insuring a deeper understanding of Abraham Lincoln. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


    Lawrence and Joan Blake - Springfield, Illinois

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