Jeffery J. “Jeff” Booth, 61, passed away Saturday, April 22, 2023, at a Topeka hospital.
Jeff was born December 13, 1961, in Emporia, the son of James C. and Jo Anne (Whittington) Booth. Jeff lived in the Lebo community until 1970 when he and his family moved to the Delia community after Melvern Lake took their farm. Jeff attended Delia Grade School and graduated from Rossville High School in 1980. He then attended Vo-Ag School. On November 26, 1983, he was united in marriage to Tracy Peters in Iola, and they later divorced.
Jeff worked on the family farm and then became a MoorMan Feed Salesman. He moved to the Emporia community and worked at IBP, Modine Manufacturing, Debauge Distribution, and Scheller’s Lawn and Landscape. His greatest joy was managing the TRYSA Soccer Complex in Emporia where he was also a referee and spent many years as an active board member. Jeff was inducted to the KSYSA hall of fame and received a Lifetime achievement award for volunteer and referee. Jeff returned to operate the family farm in Delia when his father became ill. He was a member of the Delia Presbyterian Church. He was appointed to fill his father’s position on the Jackson County Rural Water District #3 and was re-elected several times, and was currently the vice president.
Jeff was preceded in death by his father, James Booth.
Survivors include his mother, Jo Anne Booth, Delia; three daughters, Brandie Booth, San Francisco, CA; Brittney Booth, Prairie Village, KS, and Brailee Turner, Seattle, WA; three brothers, Joe (Tonia) Booth, Mayetta, Jacy (Susan) Booth, Parkville, MO, and J.R. (Molly) Booth, Clinton, MO, 12 nieces and nephews, and one great nephew.
Memorial services will be at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, April 27, 2023, at the Delia Presbyterian Church. A memorial visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, April 26, 2023, at Piper Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorial contribution in Jeff’s honor may be made to the local charity of your choice.