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Kenneth H. Bookman
Kenneth H. BookmanFlagKenneth H. Bookman, 90 of LaRue, died unexpectedly April 5, 2021 at Dublin Methodist Hospital with his daughter by his side, following an injury from a fall at home.

He was born April 20, 1930 in Loudonville, Ohio to the late Herbert and Grace Hazelett Bookman. He was preceded in death by Betty, his wife of 68 years who passed January 20th  this year. Also his 3 infant sons: Bernard, Jerome and Matthew; a brother Ralph Bookman and sisters Helen (Keith) McConachie, Marilyn
(Cecil)  Matthews, Marian  (Kenny) Bates and Linda Bookman and grandson, Russell Higgins and granddaughter, Sarah Bookman.

Most important to Kenny were his family and friends.  Surviving are children Mike Bookman of Deshler, Glenn Bookman and Cindy (Phil) Bradstreet of Winter Garden Florida, Therese Trout  Maripat LeVally and Paula Combs of LaRue, and Chris Ritchie of Prospect.  14 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson.
Kenny graduated in 1949 from Butler High School.  Following graduation he joined the Marine Corps with basic training in Parris Island, SC.  He was then stationed at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California, where he met the love of his life, Betty.  They met at a Canteen (dance hall for servicemen) and fell in love. After serving 3 years and 3 months during the Korean War, he was honorably discharged, he and Betty headed east. Their Trip took them first to Milwaukee, WI to meet Betty’s parents. They were married in Milwaukee, WI on May 2, 1953. Then they headed for Ohio and spent their honeymoon at the family cabin
(homestead) just outside Loudonville.

Kenny’s military service entitled him to a free college education, and The Ohio State University was his #1 choice. OH..IO!  Go Bucks!  He graduated with a BS in Education from OSU.  During this time he started his family and worked at Alber’s Grocery Store.  
He applied for a teaching job at LaRue Schools and was hired to teach Ohio and American History, with a requirement to direct the spring play (that he enjoyed).  He started the Buck-eye-Rue Club. They took field trips to the Ohio Historical Society and won a 1st place ribbon for a log cabin replica they built.
When LaRue, New Bloomington, Green Camp and Prospect schools consolidated and became Elgin, he became their Driver’s Education Teacher and Audio Visual Technician. Wow, the stories he could tell.  And many of his students too. He retired after teaching for 30 years with Elgin Schools.

While teaching, Kenny and Betty formed Bookman Enterprise, a rubber stamp and printing company, providing supplies for stationary decorators and other businesses.

In his retirement, Kenny worked at Handy Hardware and got more involved in the LaRue community. He was active with the Oorang Bang Celebrations, put up Christmas Lights, sprayed for mosquitoes, was Street Commissioner repairing water main breaks, pot holes, and other repairs around LaRue. Many winters he plowed snow around the village. He was determined to end the high water flooding that occurred every spring and with heavy rainfall. He served as Tree Commissioner, planting trees around LaRue every Arbor Day. He always wanted to make LaRue a great place to live.  He was excited to watch the new water tower go up.
Recycling was important to Kenny, and when the recycling bins came to LaRue, he was paid to manage them (make room for more) and donated the money back to the LCA.  Kenny lived a life of “service”  and truly “ Loved LaRue Life”, He did his part to make LaRue a great place to live..

Memorial Gifts may be made to the Arbor Day Foundation, American Cancer Society and  L.C.A.

A combined Graveside Service for both Kenny and Betty,   will be held Monday April 12, 2021 at 11:00 am at the LaRue Cemetery, Father Thomas Buffer will officiate. Military Honors for Kenny will be conducted by the Marion Area United Veterans Council.

The Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in LaRue is assisting the family.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com.

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#1 from: Debbie Fields Scoby
Suffolk VA
Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 1:01 PM

Prayers for your family.

#2 from: Kelly Primavera
Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 1:33 PM

So sorry for your loss.

#3 from: Denny & Linda Matthews
Plainview, Minnesota
Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 1:33 PM

We send our condolences with special prayers for the adult children and the grandchildren of my uncle Kenny.

I will always remember and cherish our chats about business practices and his advice.

Rest in peace now with aunt Betty.

#4 from: Madge James
Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 1:34 PM

My sincere sympathies to the family. Mr Bookman was one of my favorite teachers. He was such a kind man.  I am so very sorry for your loss.

#5 from: Lauren and Jeanie Park
La Rue Ohio
Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 1:50 PM

Our deepest sympathy in the loss of Kenny!
His contributions to the LaRue community are beyond words! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Kenny’s family!

Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 2:04 PM


#7 from: Mary Katherine Raab Eagan
Evansville, WI
Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 2:14 PM

Thinking of all of the family.  I haven't seen you all since we were kids on your visits up to to farm.  Losing both parents in one year is touch. RIP Uncle Kenny and Aunt Betty and blessings to all of the family.

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#9 from: william gilbert sr
Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 5:41 PM

My condolences to the family and friends.mr.Bookman was a fine teacher and taught me in drivers ed.rest in peace sir.you will be missed by many.

#10 from: Geri Nehls
Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 5:59 PM

You all have my prayers.  

#11 from: Rita Rubeck Headington Parker
Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 6:12 PM

I was so sorry to see of Ken's passing.  He was quite a guy!  We worked together at Elgin High School for many, many years!  I could always count on Kenny for help with broken AV equipment.  My sympathy to his children - you can be very proud of both of your parents--they were "good" people!

#12 from: Peggy (Raab) Martin
Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 6:21 PM

I am so sorry to hear that now your Dad has passed so quickly after your Mom. Our hearts and prayers go with you all. I prayed THE DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET for Your Dad,Mom and Uncle Roman.Sending love.

#13 from: Julia and Don
Seabrook Island SC
Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 6:58 PM

The Bookman family is in ou thoughts and prayers.

#14 from: Sharon James
Marion, Ohio
Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 8:27 PM

So sorry for your family's loss. You all are in my thoughts and Prayers. 🙏🙏🙏

#15 from: Mary Armstrong
Oak Ridge Estate
Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 9:06 PM

Seems most my life I saw Mr. Bookman somewhere Working.Very nice and pleasent. Praying for you and the family.

#16 from: Michele Showers
North Carolina
Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 9:53 PM

I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of  Mr. Bookman. He was a great teacher! Prayers for all the family.

#17 from: Barbara
Fri, Apr 9, 2021 at 7:56 AM

On behalf of our family and the LCA community we want you to know Kenny will be missed . He was a dedicated man to family and community.

#18 from: Mark Appelfeller
Louisville, CO
Fri, Apr 9, 2021 at 9:56 AM

Mike, Theresa & the Bookman family. Very sorry for your loss. Mr Bookman did so much for his community and his students. I still have recurring memories of Jr High History lessons and drivers ed classes. He certainly influenced my interest in history. Embrace your memories.

#19 from: Panfil and Jackie Costea
Fri, Apr 9, 2021 at 10:14 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. He will certainly be missed in and around the LaRue community.

#20 from: Mary Lee
 Marion, OH
Fri, Apr 9, 2021 at 2:47 PM

Sincere condolence to the Kenny Bookman family, he was an intricate part of the LaRue community. Both of your parents were great examples of kindness and service.

#21 from: JJ and Lisa Appelfeller
Fort Worth, TX
Fri, Apr 9, 2021 at 3:24 PM

Mike, and the Bookman family, Please accept our deepest sympathies. I remember Mr. Bookman as patient man with a smile. May he and Betty rest in peace.

#22 from: Dave & DJ Stallsmith
Fri, Apr 9, 2021 at 6:17 PM

MaryPat and Family,
So sorry to hear of both your father and mothers passing, but it will be a small piece of happyness to know that both were together in life and both will be together for eternity. If you need anything let us know.

#23 from: Joseph Derringer
Bullhead City, AZ.
Sat, Apr 10, 2021 at 2:21 AM

So sorry for your loss . La Rue won’t be the same without him.

#24 from: Jana & Danny Bledsoe
Prospect Ohio
Sat, Apr 10, 2021 at 7:01 AM

Chris and Brad
We are so sorry for the loss of your Dad and Grandfather. May God put his loving and comforting are around you and your family. God bless you all. Prayers 🙏🙏💕💕

#25 from: Jana Bledsoe
Prospect Ohio
Sat, Apr 10, 2021 at 7:07 AM

Chris and Brad
Danny and I are so sorry for your family’s loss of your Dad and Grandfather. May God wrap you in his loving arms. Giving you loving and comforting hugs. To give you strength and healing in the coming day ahead.
Danny & Jan  Bledsoe

#26 from: Nicki Carr
Sat, Apr 10, 2021 at 7:23 AM

Maripat and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Kenny will be dearly missed in the La rue community.

#27 from: Suzy Wall
Sat, Apr 10, 2021 at 9:55 AM

Sending our sympathy and prayers to the family.

#28 from: JIll Harmon
Sat, Apr 10, 2021 at 6:35 PM

Maripat and family - so sorry for your loss. May God wrap you in love during this difficult time and may you find peace in all the memories you made together.

#29 from: Michael Fown
Marion Ohio
Sat, Apr 10, 2021 at 8:32 PM

I’m sorry for the loss of  both of your parents( I didn’t hear your mother had past away, again sorry) .I knew them both , your dad was my teacher and your mom a good friend of my mom.
 May they both Rest In Peace.

#30 from: Debbie Erwin
Sun, Apr 11, 2021 at 7:29 AM

My heart goes out to the family and I knew both, Kenny and Betty. It's so sad to have to lose both of them in such a short time. My prayers go out to all of their families.

#31 from: Matt Waterer
J Lenco Inc
Sun, Apr 11, 2021 at 10:53 AM

Sending my thoughts and prayers to Maripat and the family.  Loved reading all the things Kenny had done thru out his life. I didn't know alot of the things he had done. I met Kenny first at the Hardware store when I was sent down from the shop J Lenco I work for. He was always so kind and helpful. Thank you Kenny for all your services in this life, may you rest in peace with Betty dear,  sweet man.

#32 from: Gloria J Boles
Lakeview, OH
Sun, Apr 11, 2021 at 1:44 PM

So sorry for yourloss.  Your father always had a smile & greeting when our paths would cross. He was soft spoken and very dedicated as a teacher. I remember your mother was  very artistic. Always busy taking care of her family first, but creating beautiful artistic pieces!    Treasure your memories.  May God give you strength and comfort, at this difficult time.                      

#33 from: Christine Greer Naseman
Mon, Apr 12, 2021 at 4:10 PM

My deepest sympathy and prayers for the family.

#34 from: Judy Widder
Bellville, OH
Tue, Apr 13, 2021 at 8:14 AM

Lifting up all the family in the loss of your father.  Kenny was always a helping hand at Elgin and the community during the time Jerry and I lived in Marion.  He will be missed by the many friends he made over the years.  Hold on to your wonderful memories.  They will give you comfort in the days to come.

#35 from: W.K. Ballinger
Reno NV
Tue, Apr 13, 2021 at 12:17 PM

You are all in my thoughts today. It seems your father lived his life for others. Men like him are becoming extinct.

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