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William Dean Borth

Joe Denoyer - January 7, 2019 8:12 am

William Dean Borth, age 97, passed away Thursday afternoon, January 3, 2019, at the Meade District Hospital, Meade, Kansas.

He was born August 26, 1921, in rural Meade County, Kansas, the son of Otto and Zola M. (Mathews) Borth. As a young boy he attended school in Plains, Kansas, was active in 4-H, and graduated from Plains High School.  He enrolled in Dodge City Community College for two semesters, where he enjoyed playing football, and then transferred to Kansas State University for his sophomore year. He was drafted into the Army mid-year where he excelled in Officers Training School.  He was then assigned to the United States Army Corps of Engineers, serving in the European Theater of Operation during World War II for four years.  Upon his discharge in March of 1946 as a First Lieutenant, he returned to Meade County and began his career as a rancher, farmer, and carpenter.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Lions Club, served on the Meade USD 226 school board, and the American Legion.  He enjoyed farming and raising cattle, carpentry, socializing with people, and feeding the squirrels every day in Meade City Park.

On December 29, 1946, he married Isabelle Forman at the Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Missouri. She preceded him in death on July 9, 2008.

He is survived by a son, Gregory Dean Borth of Meade; a daughter, Sandra (Sandy) Lee Clay of Alsea, Oregon; two grandsons, Gabriel Clay and Nathaniel Clay; and four great-grandchildren, Ava, Anya, Emery, and Rhodes Clay.

He is preceded in death by his wife, his parents, two brothers, Jay Otto Borth and James H. Borth, and a sister, Pauline Arnold Garrison.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2019, at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade.  Friends may call from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  Interment will follow in the Graceland Cemetery, Meade.

The family would welcome memorials to the Beam Senior Center in care of the funeral home.

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