Service for Steve Booher Set for Oct. 3 at 10 a.m.

Steve W. Booher, retired publisher of the Cherokee Messenger & Republican, died Sept. 29, 2017. He was 69.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Oakwood Christian Church, 401 N. Oakwood Road in Enid, Okla.

Booher led the Messenger & Republican from 1980 to 2001 as general manager, then continued as publisher until his retirement in 2014. Prior to that he served as general manager of the Fairview Republican, managing editor of the Clinton Daily News, and reporter for the Duncan Banner.

After more than 40 years in the newspaper business, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in April 2017.

Booher was president of the Oklahoma Press Association in 2008-2009 and president of the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation from 2012 to 2014. He received ONF's Beachy Musselman Award in 2009 in recognition of his quality journalism and service to the local community.

Booher was very active in the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce. He served on its Board of Directors, was a past president, and co-founded its Leadership Cherokee Program. The organization named him the Citizen of the Year in 1995 and awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award to him in 2013. Booher also served on the Cherokee Main Street Board of Directors.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Sonya; four children, Shannan Booher, Edmond; Mike Booher, El Reno; Alan Clepper, Enid; Amanda Barrett, Lahoma; two brothers, Kent Booher, Arkansas City, KS; Scott Booher, Bixby; and four grandchildren.