Lanny Ross Booth, 79

Posted October 3, 2012 at 9:31 pm


Lanny Ross Booth, 79, of Hawarden, passed away on October 1, 2012 at his residence. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 5, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in Hawarden with Rev. Barb Joy officiating. Burial of cremated remains will be at a later date. Visitation will begin at noon on Thursday at the United Methodist Church with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be directed to the American Cancer Society, United Methodist Church, or West Sioux Education Foundation. Memorials may be sent to Barry Booth c/o United Methodist Church 803 13th St. Hawarden, IA 51023. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Lanny Ross Booth was born June 5, 1933 at Akron, Iowa, the son of Lynn and Letha (Waterbury) Booth. He attended schools in LeMars, Iowa, Alcester, South Dakota, and Hawarden, Iowa. He received his BS in Pharmacy in 1956 from Drake University.

Following his graduation from Drake University, Lanny worked as a Pharmacist in Colfax, Washington and then relocated to Denver, Colorado where he worked until his retirement. In Denver, he was an active member of the Jaycees, serving as President of the Southeast Chapter (1966-67) and as a Senator of the Junior Chamber International. 

Upon retirement in 1995, Lanny moved to Hawarden. There he was active in the American Cancer Society, especially in the Relay for Life and received many honors for his efforts to promote cancer awareness and research. He was an active volunteer at Calliope Village in Hawarden, a member of the United Methodist Church, and involved with the P.E.T. ministry at church.

He is survived by his brother, Barry Booth (partner, William Worster) of Mesa, AZ; cousins, Julia Hummel (Donny, deceased) of Hawarden, Harlan (Peggy) Hummel of Fort Myers, FL, Kay (Arnie) Swanson of Waterloo, IA, Jean Waterbury of Akron, IA, Joyce Hummel of Hawarden, IA; best friend and companion, Lois Jean Dawson; and Lois Jean’s children, Nancy (Randy) DeVaney of Larksburg, CO, Douglas (Wally Bowling) Dawson of Chicago, IL, and Deborah (John) Polich of Encinitas, CA. Lanny was preceded in death by his parents.

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