September 8, 1933 ~ August 18, 2017

Born in: Pueblo, CO,
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

The last alarm sounded for Richard Albert 'Dick' Booth on August 18, 2017. He was born to Albert and Arta Booth on Sept 8, 1933, in Pueblo, Colorado. Left to cherish his memory are his bride of 63 years, Barbara; daughter, Paula Anselmo; son, Richard Eric Booth; granddaughter, Giana Marie Anselmo; grandson, Jared Dalton Booth; sister, Barbara Bohman, and numerous other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents; and grandson, Augie Anselmo. Dick attended Pueblo Centennial High School, graduating in 1951, and always fancied himself a cowboy. He tried the rodeo circuit for awhile, but eventually had to get a real job if he wanted to marry Barbara. He worked numerous jobs, including Mountain Bell Telephone, and Pueblo Gas and Fuel, until he found his true love, firefighting. In his years at the fire department, he found his best friends, and an extended family. He retired as Captain when it became more sensible to run out of burning buildings than into them. Dick truly had no better group of pals than those he served with. He was quite the entrepreneur, as well, starting many companies with his fireman buddies on his days off from the department. He never made much money, but they all had a lot of fun. Dick was very community oriented, and belonged to several service organizations, including the Eagles, the Elks, Sertoma, Pueblo Municipal Shooters and Pueblo Skeet and Trap, and the Pueblo Woodturners. For many years he volunteered at the Colorado State Fair, mostly weighing the pigs, and was a volunteer with the Boy Scouts. He also volunteered to light the fireworks at Dutch Clark Stadium and CSU Pueblo. He was an avid neighborhood watch person. In his younger years, he was the number to call if anything happened to anyone in the night. In his later years, he was the neighborhood welcoming committee. Dick was an artist with wood. He made beautiful wood-turned projects and was a regular at the holiday craft shows and boutiques. He had a real thing for reindeer for a few years -everyone in Pueblo surely has one of his creations. Dick loved and lived life to the fullest. He spent countless hours with his immediate and extended families, improving his home and helping anyone needing assistance. Dick turned his kids on to snow skiing and tubing, water skiing and boating, and took us on vacations all around Colorado to learn of its beauty. He loved hunting, scuba diving, guns and target practice, smoking cigarettes, and Glen Levitt Scotch. Dick had a deep commitment to keeping his community safe, and he had an easy laugh as well. He will be sorely missed. Memorial service, 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 25, in the Montgomery & Steward chapel. In lieu of flowers and food, please send any contributions to PAWS animal shelter, PO Box 11208, Pueblo, CO 81001, because Dick never met a dog he didn't like. Online condolences, www.MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. Paula, Sorry to hear about your Dad. He was always so nice and had a kind word whenever we would run into him. We are the proud owners of one of his famous reindeer. We remember getting that addition to our Christmas decorations over 30 years ago when he helped us with the Christmas baskets we gave out at AG. We always think of him when we get it out. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  2. Barb, Paula, Eric, Gianna and Jared my love and prayers are with you. I am so blessed to have known Dick. I am so grateful for the love he showed me over the years. I will miss his easy laugh and his huge presence in the room.

  3. My fondest memory of Dick was when we were in College and heading out for the evening, he would say I am working tonight, make sure you are wearing your good underwear. You raised a beautiful, smart and incredibly funny girl and I am forever grateful. My love to Barbara, Paula, Eric, Giana and Jerrad.

  4. Paula, Terry and I are so sorry for your loss. I have one of your dad’s reindeer and it wouldn’t be Christmas without it making an appearance. Please give my condolences to your family. Hugs from both Terry and myself..

  5. Our love and support will always be here for all of you. We thought the world of Dick and we will miss him deeply. He always made us feel so welcome in his home. God Bless him and keep him close to his heart.

  6. Dear Barb, Dick will be truly missed by all that knew him. Our prayers go out to you and all your family. Some of my favorite memories working with Dick at Engine 8’s playing on the fire department softball teem with him.

  7. Barbara, Paula, My condolences. I will never forget Dick; he was so outgoing and friendly. You wrote such an outstanding obituary; he would love it! I’m certain Joe greeted him at heaven’s door and that they are sharing memories and laughs. Stay strong, all of you. He would want that.

  8. Our sincere sympathy Barb & Eric,
    We have many fond memories of scouts , baseball and kidding with “cousin” Dick! You are remembered in our thoughts and prayers. We will be out of town for the funeral but our thought will be with you.

  9. My sincere sympathy for your loss. I remember Dick when he came into the chiropractors office where I worked. He was like a ray of sunshine always laughing, with the twinkle in his eyes. So many times he made me laugh. He was a good guy and I am glad that I got to know him.

  10. Already missing one of my best friends from the time we were in the first grade at Somerlid school where he acquired the name of “Slick”. We continued our friendship later even when geographical distance separated us. Whenever possible we enjoyed short fishing trips where we left our wives to fend for themselves in some unfamiliar mountain town. He always found time to have lunch at the Pass Key on highway 50 whenever I was in town where we relived the good times of our lives. He enjoyed life to the fullest and will be missed by family and friends.

  11. This obituary speaks so well of Uncle Dick! I remember him taking me and my brother to his fire station and let us get into one of his trucks! It was the highlight of our trip that summer! Aunt Barbara, Paula and Eric, I am so sorry for your loss! I will be praying fervently for peace and comfort for each of you during this difficult time! There is no doubt that Uncle Dick will be truly missed by so many. Love to you all!

  12. So sorry to hear about Dick. He was a great person. I have a lot of wonderful memories of the playhouse in the back yard with baby dolls and barbies on the driveway with Paula on Saturday’s and Sunday’s!! Your whole family is in my thoughts and prayers. The obituary says it all!

    In sympathy,
    Kathy (Martin ) traxler

  13. Dick was a great guy and a wonderful neighbor. I always knew that he and Barbara were always there if I needed something. Paula it was great watching you and Eric grow up. Love you all!

  14. THOSE WE LOVE DON’T GO AWAY, THEY WALK BESIDE US EVERYDAY, UNSEEN, UNHEARD, BUT ALWAYS NEAR, STILL LOVED, STILL MISSED, AND VERY DEAR. DEATH LEAVES A HEARTACHE NO ONE CAN HEAL, LOVE LEAVES A MEMORY NO ONE CAN STEAL.
    SENDING YOU HEARTFELT SYMPATHY FOR YOUR LOSS

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