Robert G. Bookhout

Robert G. Bookhout      
Sidney, NY

On Thursday, January 4, 2018 Robert George Bookhout went to be with his Lord.  He was 88 and passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at Chestnut Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Oneonta. He was born on May 2, 1929 in Franklin, NY, son of the late George R. and Maude (Russell) Bookhout.  He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Franklin High School.  On August 12, 1950, Robert was married to Wanda Barry in the Franklin United Methodist Church.  Shortly after, he began his career at Scintilla as a machinist and tool maker.  He retired from the company in 1992 after 39 years of service. 

Robert especially enjoyed time with his family, and loved gathering everyone around the table to play cards. In addition, he enjoyed hunting and was an avid bowler throughout his life. He served his community as a volunteer fireman for several years and was a longtime member of the Sidney United Methodist Church. 

Robert is survived by:  his loving wife of 67 years, Wanda Bookhout; 4 sons and daughters-in-law:  Mark and Marla Bookhout of Sherwood, MN, Jeff and Carolyn Bookhout of Dryden, NY, Kim and Nancy Bookhout of Guilford, NY, and Scott and Pam Bookhout of Minneapolis, MN; 9 grandchildren:  Yaicha and Mariah Bookhout, Jennifer (Bookhout) and Donald Nalle, Kaitlin (Bookhout) and Joseph Vitale, and Matthew Bookhout, Nicholas Bookhout and fiancée Lisa Paciullo, Kristie (Bookhout) and Aaron Carey, and Joshua and Julian Bookhout; 4 great-grandchildren:  Melanie and Brendan Carey, Arianna Bookhout, and Gionni Vitale; sister, Louise Glacken; brother-in-law, George Wright, brother-in-law, Thomas Barry and wife Peg, sister-in-law, Ethel Van Buren, as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Robert was predeceased by two brothers, Fred and Kenneth Bookhout, and brothers-in-law, Earl C. “Chet” Glacken and Martin Van Buren. 

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, January 11 from 6-8 pm at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St. Sidney, NY. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 12 at 11:00 am at the Sidney United Methodist Church, 12 Liberty St. Sidney, NY, with Rev. Ben Shaw officiating.  Burial will take place in the spring in Ouleout Valley Cemetery in Franklin, NY.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association at

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