1921 - 2012
Ethan Grant Book, Milton-Freewater, passed away Dec. 7, 2012, at the Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, Calif., at age 91.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Bethel Baptist Church in Milton-Freewater, with Pastor Jeff Beazley officiating. Concluding services and interment will be in Milton-Freewater Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bethel Baptist Men’s Ministry through the funeral home.
Mr. Book was born Nov. 7, 1921, in Abilene, Kan., the son of Monroe and Elizabeth Crider Book. He grew up and attended school in Abilene to his sophomore year, then attended school in Upland, Calif., and then Harrisburg, Pa., where he graduated from high school. He then attended Messiah College for one year.
In June 1941, he married Helen Collins, who preceded him in death on June 7, 1997. Mr. Book served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After his discharge from the service, he returned to Pennsylvania and Sherwin Williams Company, working in Frederick, Md., as a branch manager. He retired in 1980.
Mr. Book was very active in purchasing apartment projects and selling real estate in Maryland and the Eastern Shore. In June 1998, he married Dorothy Rider in Spokane. In 1999, he moved to Milton-Freewater and purchased his home on Tum-A-Lum. Mr. Book enjoyed sports and playing tennis. He was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church and past member of Kiwanis. Dorothy preceded him in death on Jan 28, 2012.
Mr. Book is survived by two sons, Arnold Ray Book of Van Nuys, Calif., and Ethan G. Book Jr. of Fairfield, Conn.; a daughter, Carol Diane Fraser of Swartz Creek, Mich.; sister, Faith Landis of Abilene, Kan.; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. His sister, Ethis Sheets; brothers, Eldon, Maynard, and Paul Book all preceded him in death.