Mr. Herb Boothby

Mr. Herb Boothby

Mr. Herb Boothby

Mr. Herb Boothby
May 16, 1945 – August 23, 2021

Herbert “Herb” Allen Boothby, age 76, of Naples, passed away on August 23, 2021.

Herb was born in Lawrence, Michigan to Russell and Marion Boothby on May 16, 1945. He went to school at Gobles Jr. Academy and Grand Ledge Academy in Michigan. He married Betty Robbins in 1965 and had two daughters, Sheila and Tami. Betty passed away in 1977. Herb raised his daughters on his own until marrying Suzanne Ambron, December 31, 1987, in Hinsdale, Illinois. Herb worked as a general contractor and finish carpenter, and retired after working 25 years in maintenance at the Naples Zoo. Herb was an Army veteran who served as a combat medic in Vietnam 1966-1968. He was a conscientious objector and was awarded two purple hearts during his service. Herb was an active leader in youth ministry at his church for more than 30 years. He also had an enormous love for people and, in his eyes, no one was a stranger. He had an infectious smile and shared that with everyone.

Herb is preceded in death by his wife, Betty Boothby; his daughter, Sheila Saunders; his parents, Russell and Marion Boothby; and his siblings, David Boothby, Russell “Rusty” Boothby, and Linda First.

Herb is survived by his wife, Suzanne Boothby; daughter, Tami Boothby; and sister, Wanda Martz (Larry).

Visitation will be on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at 5:00 pm followed by a memorial service with military honors at 6:00 pm at the Naples Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5050 Davis Blvd, Naples, FL, 34104. Herb’s final resting place will be in Gobles, Michigan. Arrangements are by Naples Funeral Home.

Memorials may be given to the North Naples SDA Church-Pathfinder Club, c/o Joyce Collins, 7747 Citrus Hill Lane, Naples, FL 34109, with a note In Memory of Herb or the Naples Adventist Christian School, 2629 Horseshoe Drive South, Naples, FL 34104.


Yolette Geffrard

August 25, 2021, 2:22 am

He was loved by so many and will be missed. My deepest condolences to the family. Xoxoxo

Kathy Topp

August 25, 2021, 11:39 pm

So sad to hear of Herbs passing! We are praying for you guys!
Larry and Kathy (Agy) Topp

Becky Jo Thompson

August 26, 2021, 8:14 pm

Herb you were there for Brian and I after dad moved away. I am grateful for that. Also you touched Brian by talking about football. Even on Sabbath mornings before church. Suzanne and Tami I know what you are both going through. Remember we have the assurance that Herb is sleeping very comfortably now and we will see his smiling face again when we are joined with him at our eternal home.

Becky Jo Thompson

August 26, 2021, 8:23 pm

God bless you Suzanne and Tami. Will always remember the help that he was to us after dad moved away. Especially talking football with Brian before church on Sabbath mornings.

Jason Di Palma/ Mike Brewer

August 26, 2021, 8:27 pm

Herb was the first to welcome us when we moved to the neighborhood. A truly wonderful man who always had a kind and friendly
word. never any judgement, only kindness. He lived the Golden Rule. He made us feel so welcomed.
He will be truly missed by all. Our most sincere sympathies. Please do not hesitate to call on us if you need anything.

Jason and Mike

Elaine English

August 26, 2021, 10:42 pm

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Cassandra E Philogene

August 27, 2021, 1:44 am

Never met anyone who loved as he did, fearlessly and selflessly. Herb was the reason why so many people look forward to gathering at church or his home. Herb and Sue were a pair-matched-up by God to shower love on those who needed it the most. His memory will live on in our hearts for eternity. See you soon old-timer, see you soon. Love you always,

Ariel Moore

August 27, 2021, 4:33 am

We miss you dearly and will treasure our moments with you forever. We await that beautiful glorious day when Jesus Christ comes again to see you. We are praying for the family and friends of such an amazing person!

T.R. Matthews

August 27, 2021, 11:09 am

He was so loved by so many and made such and impact on everyone he met. We love and miss you, Herb!

Mildred Mercado

August 27, 2021, 11:48 am

We will miss you Herb
We will see you soon.

Jesus says in
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. King James Version

13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Milly & Rick Haylock

Kris Gaffney

August 27, 2021, 12:09 pm

Herb was my cheerleader. He made a difference in my life. I will miss him.


August 27, 2021, 12:23 pm

Herb will be greatly missed. His smile was contagious and people were drawn to him. Resurrection Morning is coming soon.

Rita Prosser

August 27, 2021, 2:12 pm

This man was loved by all who met him, and He they. He left a legacy of love that will NEVER be forgotten and true example of Christ’s LOVE. One day we will see him again. Until then, RIP Herb❤️.

Our condolences to his entire family.
Rita Bennett Prosser and family
Mike Prosser

Leilani and Jeff Schnoor

August 27, 2021, 3:14 pm

Love all who gather in Naples. Jeff and I send our hugs and smile together about our Herb memories.

Michael Jelormine, CPA

August 27, 2021, 3:15 pm

I only met Herb one time in my life, in the past month. I am a fellow Vietnam Veteran who could understand why people fell in love with Herb on the first smile. What a pleasant human being. JELLO

Akiko Makimoto

August 27, 2021, 3:21 pm

I am deeply saddened to have lost Herb.
Please accept my heartfelt condolences from Japan.

Robert Jones

August 27, 2021, 7:10 pm

Suzanne and Tami, my heart breaks for you. I cannot tell you how much Herb meant to us. Even though he moved away from Grand Junction over 35 years ago, he has remained a big part of our lives. We have letters, emails, pictures and memories he shared with us through the years. In our house is a cabinet he hand-crafted and installed, pinned to our headboard is a $5 bill he sent us with his name on it. We have a “letter from God”…scriptures he sent. I am so thankful that Herb and Suzanne were able to visit and share a meal with us at Garden of Eatin’. That restaurant will always remind us of you. Herb will always hold a special spot in our hearts. Biker friends forever, Bob and Karen Jones, Grand Junction, Colorado

James LeBrun

August 27, 2021, 8:50 pm

Love you dad! Can’t wait to hug you again in heaven. I’ll make sure to bring a coke and a smile with me. ❤

Wendy Williams

August 27, 2021, 8:51 pm

Suzanne and Tami, Ralph and I are saddened by Herb’s passing. He is the joy of both your lives with a boundless love for you and all us “KIDS”. For me, he is my cohort in Pathfinder campouts, church activities, flea markets, zoo life, a true friend and brother to Ralph and I and my partner in keeping “Jim” aka Ralph in line. A loving mentor to our daughters, Renee and Michelle. He gave us our history in pictures and a lifetime of laughter and beautiful memories. I will not say “goodbye” my dear friend, I will say, “See you later Herbie”for when Jesus returns it will only be the beginning of new adventures for all eternity.

Ruth Camps

August 27, 2021, 10:36 pm

Herb, you left a beautiful legacy with a lot of youth, including my 2 boys. You were an example of what taking care of others really meant.
You will be greatly missed.
My condolences to Sue and Tami. I love you

David T

August 27, 2021, 10:48 pm

On paper, Herb was our employee. In our hearts, he was a trusted friend who saw the zoo through so many changes (from Jungle Larry’s Safari to Naples Zoo) but he knew what it was like to have been there in the good ol’ days when we were all one small, happily dysfuntional family and so glad that he was. We will miss those white slip on sneakers, cutting his shirtsleeves into fringes, that hearty laugh, the tough but tender heart, the smile that told adversity to get out of town, and so many other things that made Herb an original. We will miss you, friend, see you on the other side. With warmth and affection, The Tetzlaff Family (Nancy, David, Tim)

Christine Ayre

August 28, 2021, 1:53 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. Herb was a kind soul and I know he will be missed greatly. My prayers go out to the whole family for peace and comfort. God bless you all

Mr. Mike

August 28, 2021, 6:18 pm

Herb was a blessing for me for thirty years, through good and bad times! He was an angel to so many. I pray to see him again on Resurrection morning soon!

Cyndy Grange

August 28, 2021, 7:51 pm

This man will be missed greatly. He was an awesome representation of Jesus especially to the young adults. I only knew him a short 4 years about ten years ago but he was loved by many and all. He was awesome as a zoo tour guide for my students. Prayers are with the family and we pay the resurrection morning comes quickly.

Nate Young

August 28, 2021, 9:49 pm

Herb has been a huge inspiration in my life. I used to love hanging out at the house for the day. He would get me riding them old bicycles he had built. I remember the parade the pathfinders got to ride them in. I love that man so very much. God is good. Herb is a true blessing to me.
I love you forever!
Nate Young

Nancy Cadet

August 28, 2021, 9:51 pm

Herb, loving father, friend, to ALL! Thank you for all the LOVE, HUGS and unending support. You inspired us and was sent here to accomplish a mission on earth, and that you did! We will miss you so much but know one day we will meet again! Sue and Tammie we love you and pray for Jesus to ALWAYS wrap you in love, peace and comfort.

Billy Blackk Jacques

August 28, 2021, 10:17 pm

I’m gonna miss u herb
You was the example that young wild boys like myself needed
I thank you for everything all the lessons
Your the best the greatest
We all will miss you and we all love you

Feediouse Duprat

August 29, 2021, 2:40 am

You will always have a special place in my heart. It’s not goodbye but aww you again. Sleep in peace Herb

Mady Corioland

August 29, 2021, 12:48 pm

There is none like you. You will forever be missed. You will always have a special place in my heart. I love you. RIP

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