November 21, 2019
Our beloved brother, cousin and friend, Robert Brewer Boardman, 76, died suddenly of multiple illnesses on October 7, 2019 in the Hospice Care Center in Longview, Washington. He was born on September 18, 1943 on what he liked to call “a little island off Cuba,” Key West, Florida. The family moved around a lot and stayed the longest in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Bob graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington with a major in economics. As an adult, he had a checkered career that included early IT for Canadian Pacific Railroad and the Alaskan Pipeline, real estate in California, distribution management for Riviana Foods in Houston and truck driving up and down the East Coast.
Upon retirement, he moved to Florida as he was interested in the NASA space program. He finished and self-published two science fiction books. He also was hired to go to Russia to coordinate shipping companies’ schedules and to act as a liaison between the Germans’ and Russians’ communications in this business.
He returned to Texas where he accepted an opportunity to work with the Greater Houston Food Bank and the Lighthouse for the Blind.
His final 16 years were spent in SW Washington where he was a great asset to the community of Kelso. He joined the Mt. St. Helens Hiking Club where he was the treasurer and membership director. He enjoyed hiking in the beauty of nature and the fellowship of his hiking partners.
Survivors include his sister Mary Steller of Rosburg.
He was loved by us all. To paraphrase an Edna St. Vincent Millay poem, “My brother Bob was very ill, he did not last the night. But to his friends and relatives, he’s left a lovely light.”
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