Slim Boone Laid to Rest

Members of the American Legion fold the flag for presentation to Slim Boone’s close friend, Jim Dinkle. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Staff Report:

Zenas “Slim” Boone, 94, of Los Alamos died Aug. 13, 2013 at Los Alamos Medical Center. He was laid to rest at Guaje Pines Cemetary Monday, Aug. 19.

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.

The American Legion and American Legion Riders provided support as pallbearers, funeral escort from Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church to Guaje Pines, rifle detail, flag folding and presentation at the service.

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