Spc. Nicolas Booker

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Spc. Nicolas Brandon Booker, 20, of Junction City, Kan., formerly of Jackson, died Monday, April 14, 2008, in Junction City as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

He was born July 9, 1987, in Aurora, Colo., son of William Rich "Rick" and Debra Kesterson Booker.

He was inducted into the U.S. Army April 24, 2005. He was currently stationed at Fort Riley, Kan., serving in the 111th Sapper Company, 1st Engineer Brigade. He served one tour of duty in Iraq from 2006 to 2007 and had received the following decorations: Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge and Expert Marksmanship Badge.

Loving survivors include his mother of Jackson; a sister, Ashley Booker of Jackson; three aunts, Jean (Don) Poley of Benton, Mo., Paulette (Don) Kuenzle of Gleason, Tenn., Blythe (Larry) Lambert of Gainesville, Ga.; two uncles, L.W. (Linda) Kesterson of Oak Ridge, and Ron Kesterson of New Wells.

He was preceded in death by his father; a child, Adyn Christian; maternal grandparents, Lawrence and Ruth Kesterson; paternal grandparents, Billy and Rosade Booker; and an aunt, Ruth Ann Stickle.

Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. today at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with Army Chaplain Scott Smith officiating. Interment will be at 1 p.m. at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield with full military honors.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to American Legion Post 63 in Cape Girardeau.

Online condolences may be sent to www.mccombsfuneralhome.com.