SIKESTON - Thomas Harold Boardman, 79, died Feb. 12, 2004, at his home.
Born Feb. 26, 1924, in Sikeston, son of the late Raymond L. and Anna Lee Daugherty Boardman, he was a 1942 graduate of Sikeston High School. A veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, he served as a radio operator on a B-17 bomber during World War II in the European Theater and was shot down on Sept. 13, 1944. He was held as a prisoner of war until April 14, 1945. During this action, he was wounded and received a Purple Heart. Also during his service, he received the Air Medal with two Bronze Clusters, EAME with three Bronze Stars and a Good Conduct Medal. Boardman was a member of VFW Post 3174 where he served as post commander in 1991 and 1992. A member of Trinity Baptist Church, Sikeston Auxiliary Police and the Sikeston Jaycees, he was instrumental in bringing the rodeo to Sikeston. For more than 50 years, he was a certified public accountant and had worked for Berry, Patmor and Day and was later self-employed.
On Dec. 24, 1942, he married Carletta Jones who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: two sons and daughters-in-law, Marc and Paulette Boardman and Kevin and Cathy Boardman of Sikeston; one daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Phil Winters of Sikeston; seven grandchildren, Matt Winters of Poplar Bluff, Amy O'Connor of Morehouse, Tyler Boardman of St. Louis, Austin Boardman of Cape Girardeau and Thomas Boardman, Jenalei Smith and Matthew Smith of Sikeston; five great-grandchildren and one nephew, Bill Ramsey of Omaha, Neb.
He was preceded in death by one son, Michael K. Boardman, who died in the Vietnam War; and one sister, Doris Ramsey.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston where services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday. The Rev. Tom Geers, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, will officiate.
Full military graveside rites will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield.