John A. Boarman, was born 31 March, 1939 in Indianapolis, Indiana and died there on 17 December, 2021, following an exciting and full life of 82 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Agnes (Dugan) Boarman; his beloved wife, Mary Ann (Hornberger) Boarman; and his brother, Gerald Boarman.
The cause of his passing is not an important issue. What is more important is to note what mark was left, if any, on those who came in contact with him, on his journey back to his Creator.
After graduation from Sacred Heart Central High School, he graduated from Butler University College of Pharmacy. He received a direct commission, signed by the President, to serve in the United States Air Force, Strategic Air Command as an Officer in Hospital Administration and as Hospital Squadron Commander. Subsequently, he practiced his profession at Methodist Hospital of Clarian Health Partners as a Registered Pharmacist for 39 years, 25 of those as a Supervising Pharmacist. He loved his Methodist Hospital career. He was a member of the American Pharmaceutical Association, The American Society of Hospital Pharmacists and the Indiana Society of Hospital Pharmacists. After retirement, he volunteered at Methodist Hospital, the Lord’s Pantry at Anna’s House and at various events around the city, including, The “500” Mini-Marathon and the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Neighborhood yearly clean-up. Among his favorite charities were: Holy Family Shelter, Wheeler Mission, Dillard University, Vets First, St. Joseph Indian School and the Special Olympics.
He embraced diversity and inspired many young people, that he met, to pursue their dreams thru education beyond high school and to always remember, “you are special, you are unique, you are #1.”
The Indianapolis 500 Mile Race had a strong hold on him. Having started going in 1947, at age 8, with his Dad. They went 33 consecutive years until his Dad passed away. He carried on the tradition with his two sons, each starting at Age 8. Now in our third generation continuing with his grandchildren as they turn age 8. He went to 72 consecutive 500 Mile Races with 26 May, 2016 being the last race he attended. He was an avid fan of football and basketball at the high school and college level. He loved playing basketball, and in later years, doing shooting drills. He also loved hiking in the Rockies and hiking on short trips on the Appalachian Trail.
His greatest accomplishment was marrying his best friend, his partner, his love and confidant, is, was, and always will be, his wife, Mary Ann (Hornberger). They were married for 55 wonderful years. This accomplishment was followed closely by his love for his two sons, his two daughters-in-law, his five grandchildren and his many friends.
He will greatly miss his children, John (Molly) Boarman and Mike (Stephanie) Boarman. He will also greatly miss the evolving lives of his grandchildren: Thomas John Boarman, Charles Payton Boarman, Madelyn Elizabeth Boarman, Sophia Kathryn Boarman and Lillianna Grace Boarman. He had a special place in his heart for his sister-in-law, Sue, and his four nephews: Jerry, Jeff, Mike and Dan.
He will forever be remembered as a devoted husband, supportive father, proud grandfather, and loyal friend; and for his optimism, strength of character, trustworthiness and sense of humor.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 28 at 11 a.m. in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1530 Union St., Indianapolis. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, December 27 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, December 28 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Lauck & Veldhof Funeral Home, 1458 S. Meridian St., where prayers will be said on Tuesday prior to Mass at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1530 Union St., Indianapolis, IN 46225, to Butler University, College of Pharmacy, 4600 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46208, or to The Crispus Attucks Foundation, 1140 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46202.
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Sacred Heart Catholic Church
1530 Union St., Indianapolis IN 46225
Butler University , College of Pharmacy
4600 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis IN 46208
Crispus Attucks Foundation
1140 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Indianapolis IN 46202