Richard C. "Tank" Boarts

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Richard C. "Tank" Boarts, 77, of Ford City, passed away Wednesday in the VA Medical Center, Butler.
He was born and raised in Ford City, and played football for the Ford City Glassers and the Camp Zama Japan Ramblers.
Tank attended Lebanon Valley College and IUP.
He retired from active military service in 1975, and subsequently retired from the State Employment Office as a veterans' counselor.
Tank was a member of New Life Center Assembly of God and a resident of the Community Living Center at the VA Butler Healthcare, where he passed away peacefully.
Tank was a Little League coach, a Boy Scout leader and a member of the American Legion and AMVETS. He was a past district commander of the VFW and past state commander of the DAV, and received the Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award. He was a committee member for the Armstrong County Memorial Wall and a past board member of Mechling Shakley Veterans Center.
He enjoyed camping, racing cars, riding motorcycles and sports of all kinds. He especially loved playing tennis with his sister, "Fluter." Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and his many friends.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirlee (Moore) Boarts, whom he met and married while serving in Japan; his son, David and his wife, Denise (Saloum) Boarts; his sister, Janet (Ted) Pyle; his nephew, Jeff (Michelle) Pyle; his nieces, Stacey (Todd) Johnson and Susan (Ed) Black; his great-nephews and nieces, Tanner and Teddy Johnson, and Laurena and Katie Pyle; and his granddog, Bergey.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Beatrice; his daughter, Mary Elizabeth; and an infant brother.
Boarts- The friends of Richard C. "Tank" Boarts, who passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014, will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. until the time of services at 1 p.m. Saturday at WELCH FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Fourth Ave., Ford City.
The DAV will conduct a service at 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Interment will be in Ford City Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Armstrong County Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 301 Grant St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201; to Special Olympics of Armstrong/Indiana Counties, 2570 Blvd. of the Generals, Suite 124, Norristown, PA 19403; or to Mechling-Shakley Veterans Center, 1413 PA 268, Cowansville, PA 16218.
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Published in Butler Eagle on July 11, 2014
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