DeKALB – John S. "Jack" Boardman, 77, of DeKalb, Ill., passed away Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at Kishwaukee Hospital, DeKalb, after a stoic battle with chronic heart disease.
As a lifelong resident of DeKalb, Jack was born Nov. 5, 1936, the oldest son of John and Katharine Boardman. He married Joanne Sarbon on June 24, 1961. He attended the local schools in DeKalb, graduating from DeKalb High School in 1954. Jack then attended Iowa State University and graduated in 1958.
Jack then went into business with his father, John, serving clients as an independent insurance agent at the Wiltberger Insurance Agency for many years.
Jack was very proud of his family, including his three children: John, Dan and Stephanie Boardman. He was always quick with a joke and enjoyed making people smile. DeKalb was a very special place to him, and he loved all of his local friends, many dating back to grade school.
He enjoyed golfing at Kishwaukee Country Club, and outdoor activities of all types including water, snow and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, motorcycling and throwing a Frisbee. After raising his family, Jack joined his wife in a career of antique dealing on a national level, completing shows all over the country, including New England and Nashville.
He is survived by his children, John (Wendy) Boardman of North Liberty, Iowa, Dan (Jamie) Boardman of Marine on St. Croix, Minn., and Stephanie (Ron) Ferrin of Vero Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Karley Boardman, Madyson Boardman and Allye Boardman of North Liberty, Hannah Boardman and Jackson Boardman of Marine on St. Croix; and siblings, David (Marie) Boardman of Appleton, Wis., Elizabeth Hastings of Landrum, S.C., and Linda (John) Kerr of DeKalb; and a host of extended family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joanne Boardman; parents, John and Katharine Boardman; and infant brother, Robert.
The family would like to thank all of the staff at Kishwaukee Hospital, and Pine Acres nursing facility for their compassionate care and support. Also, a special thanks to his friend Craig Vitkus for all his dedicated help and assistance.
The memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at First United Methodist Church, 321 Oak St., DeKalb, where he had been a member for 50-plus years.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the John S. Boardman Memorial Fund, in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115
For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com
or call 815-756-1022.