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Obituary: Zenas 'Slim' Boone Aug. 27, 1918–Aug.13, 2013

on August 17, 2013 - 10:19am

ZENAS "SLIM" BOONE Aug. 27, 1918Aug.13, 2013

Zenas "Slim" Boone, 94, of Los Alamos died Aug. 13, 2013 at Los Alamos Medical Center. 

He was preceded in death by his wife Irene U. Boone, parents Hettie (Penland) and Andrew Boone, brothers Hudson and Charles, sisters Flora, Ruth and Dorothy and son Charles.  

Slim was born Aug. 27, 1918 in Yancy County, NC. His early years were spent working on farms in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He moved into Washington, D.C. and after working on bridge construction he was hired for the trolley system where is gained his experience with electronics.

Slim joined the Army at the age of 24 and worked in Washington as a guard for US Special Police escorting troops to their assignments. In the summer of 1945 Slim was recruited along with 60 others to work in the Special Engineering Division in Los Alamos. He worked initially in electronics.

Slim met Irene Ulrik at the PX in Los Alamos in 1946. They were married three years later in Santa Fe. He was released from the Army in 1947 and remained at the Lab as an explosives technician until his retirement in 1977.

Slim was a Red Cross swim instructor in Los Alamos for 17 years. He fished whenever he could and spent hours tending his fruit trees and gardens.

He is survived by his daughter Ruth, his grandchildren, his sister-in-law Julie Beck, and niece Leslie Geer.

A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug.19, 2013 in Los Alamos at Immaculate Heart of Mary. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20. Burial will take place at Guaje Pines Cemetery.Obituary

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