Gordon Oyler Boles February 2, 1924 - May 12, 2013 Gordon Oyler Boles passed away on May 12, 2013, in Bakersfield, California. He was 89 years old and his passing represents not only a deep personal loss for his family but the loss of one of the last of his era. Gordon was raised in Bakersfield, which, despite many moves, he always considered to be home. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in June 1941, and was a very young man indeed when the ship on which he served was in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. His courageous Navy service during World War II, which, like a true hero, he was reticent to talk about, earned him a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and five Purple Hearts. Gordon met the love of his life, Carol Mills, at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and married her in Carmel, California, on September 10, 1950. Three children followed along with moves overseas and around the U.S. as Gordon continued to serve his country. After leaving active duty, he and Carol settled in San Gabriel, California, to raise their family, and Gordon had a distinguished career at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, as a personnel manager. He was also active in Boy Scouts, was a fine furniture maker, and an avid model railroader who built the most elaborate model train layouts that could be imagined. He remained active in the Naval Reserve, and delighted playing reveille early in the mornings to get the household moving. Gordon stayed active long into retirement, traveling to Europe and especially to Germany, which he loved, joining Scottish Rite temples, consulting on retirement planning, and woodworking. In fact, there was nothing that Gordon could not build or hand craft. He loved to read, loved to smoke his pipe, was a real people person, and he never missed an opportunity to tell his sea stories. He is survived by his wife, Carol, and children Brian (Carolyn), Mark (Valerie), and Shelley, and grandchildren Mathew, Justin, Chadwick, and Katie. Gordon will be tremendously missed by all who knew him. He was a great man, husband, father, and grandfather, and was truly one of a kind. www.bakersfield.com/obits
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on May 27, 2013