Alfred Henry Boots, 87, died peacefully at his home on Feb. 16, 2019, with his wife Joanne by his side. He graduated from Lane Tech High School, served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, and earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois. The couple married in 1959 and had two sons.
After a long career as a project engineer for Keebler Cookies and Campbell Soup, he retired in 1995 and shared their love of worldwide travel with their family. He was an adored Papa to his grandchildren, all of whom he showered with love and affection. He held two U.S. patents and was a master raconteur.
Alfred Boots was preceded in death by his son, John (Jayne) and his parents, John and Christine. In addition to his wife, Joanne, and his son, Steven (Penni), he is survived by his grandchildren, Sarah, Kevin, Kelly, Katie, and Colin; his brothers, Ronald (Barbara) and Raymond (Sandee); his brother-in-law, Kenneth (Damien) Mlynski; his sister-in-law, Phyllis (the late Albert) Marrazzo; and his many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his rich, long life will be held at Oak Park’s Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St. on Saturday, Feb. 23, beginning at 11 a.m., with a short service at 2 p.m., and a luncheon following at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital at https://www.pay.gov/public/form/start/53167010.