On May 13, 2013, Charles went to join his wife of 58 years, Janet, who had passed away in January. He had just recently celebrated his 95th birthday. Though his body was failing him, he still had his mind and his own teeth.
He was born on May 6, 1918 to Charles Holloway Boardman and Cleo Margaret (Swaim) Boardmanof Columbus, Ohio. He was the oldest of three sons. His brother, Jack predeceased him, but his brother, James is still living in Columbus.
Charles graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering and an ROTC commission in 1940 and an Master's of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1941. He was employed by Dow Chemical Co. in Michigan when called to active duty after Pearl Harbor in WWII.
Lt. Boardman served as Priorities and Expediting Officer in Chicago Chemical Warfare Procurement District, attended a number of service schools including General Staff and Command School and volunteered for a secret War Department Intelligence mission to China, where he was on VJ Day. Discharged from active duty, he spent several years in the family business in Columbus. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War as a chemical engineer to oversee and expedite the construction of several Chemical Warfare Service chemical production plants. Upon their completion, he remained in the military service and served as a Chemical Officer in Korea (KMAG); Edgewood Arsenal, MD; Fort Knox, KY; Poiters, France; and, Fort Benning, GA. He was also qualified as a Nuclear Weapons Employment Officer. He retired with the rank of Lt.Col. in1966.
His decorations and awards include: Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Service During Combat Operations (China) with Oak Leaf Cluster (Korea); Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service (Ft. Knox) with Oak Leaf Cluster (Ft. Benning); United Nations Service Medal; Korean Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal (WWII) with Oak Leaf Cluster (Korea); ROK Presidential Unit Citation; Republic of China (Taiwan) Service Medal; and Republic of Korea Service Medal.
As a civilian again, Charles found employment in the manned space program at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He was employed first by General Electric Corporation in the Apollo Launch Support Program as a logistician in charge of launch control room instrumentation systems support (1966-1971) and then by Pan American World Airways as an Environmental Specialist in their Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health Department (1971-1981). It was during this last employment with Pan Am that he and his wife, Janet, and family enjoyed worldwide travel and shared their experiences with others at their presentations at the Cocoa Beach Library.
During his retirement from the military, he became a regular blood donor. By 1996, he had donated over 140 pints and he was selected to be one of the Olympic Torch bearers as it passed through Cocoa Beach on its way to Atlanta.
He also became interested in his family history and has traced almost all family ancestors back to the original colonial immigrants to America and several lines back for many centuries. His research results are on CD#4 of the Family Pedigree Series published by the Latter Day Saints at Salt Lake City. He belonged to many local and national genealogical societies and served as ROTC Awards Chairman in the Brevard County Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution for many years.
Charles is predeceased by his wife, Janet. They have two children, Charles Boardman IV and his wife Elizabeth of Lake City, Florida; and grandchildren, Charles V and Sarah Sansom, Nancy, married to Dr. Albert Bleakley of Cocoa, Florida, Ruth Bleakley and Martha Brookley. He also is survived by two children, Dr. Christine Barnes and Paula Gaspar; and four grandchildren by a previous marriage.
Charles was a member of Riverside Presbyterian Church, Cocoa Beach where he served as a Deacon, Trustee and an Elder. He had been Treasurer of the church for six years in the 1970's. Charles was also a 32 degree Mason and Shriner for 73 years. He was a good role model and provider for his family and will be dearly missed.
Many thanks to the staff of La Casa Assisted Living and his doctors, Dr. Hany Girgis, Dr. Seth Glick, Dr. Susan Schneider and Dr. Vincent Marino and their staffs for their loving care and keeping him alive for so long despite many medical challenges.
Donations in Charles' name may be made to the Cocoa Beach Public Library or Riverside Presbyterian Church of Cocoa Beach.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00am Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Riverside Presbyterian Church in Cocoa Beach. Interment will follow at Florida Memorial Gardens with Military Honors.
You may sign Charles' guestbook at www.beckman-williamson.com.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on May 16, 2013