Richard James Boomer, 93, of Marana, AZ, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 after a brief illness. Richard was affectionately known by his family and friends as Dick, Boo, Boomer, and of course, dad.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents Georgia Ellen (Bodoh) and Guy Joseph Boomer; his wife of 51 years, the love of his life, Lura Edith (Estabrooks) Boomer, and his beloved grandson Thomas Earl Jackson.
Richard is survived by his three daughters Ellen Ann Hall (CW Hall) of Marana, AZ; Marion Ann Boomer-Hauser (Ross Hauser) of Sanibel, FL; and Elizabeth Ann Boomer of Elephant Butte, NM; as well as his granddaughter Sara Elizabeth (Jackson) Johnson and great-grandchildren Kylie and Brianna of Phoenix, AZ, and cherished as a son, Captain Andrew Tyler Blakemore (Alyssa Hart-Blakemore), US Army, stationed in Warminster, England, as well as his treasured feline friend “Miss Melanie.”
Richard served in the US Navy during WWII from 1943 – 1945 as a Pharmacists Mate 2nd Class. He was attached to the 6th Marines and served in Guadalcanal, Okinawa, Shanghai, and Indianapolis, Indiana. He returned to naval service in 1951-1952 stationed at Bethesda Naval Medical Center during the Korean Conflict. Richard was a patriot to his core, always honoring all United States veterans for their courage and service to their country. Richard was proud to have served his country and counted it one of his greatest honors. Richard was an honored life member of VFW Post 5990 of Marana, AZ. “Boomer” to his veteran friends, he was loved, respected, and cherished and was able to spend many wonderful times together with his comrades in arms.
Richard graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in Chemistry, Richard worked most of his professional career at Abbott Laboratories in North Chicago, IL, retiring from his position as an Analytical Chemist in 1986 after 35 years of service. Richard had a passion for education and was an avid reader, scientist, and life-long learner. Richard was grateful for his education and generously supported the University of Wisconsin and established a scholarship fund for chemistry students. Richard was an active member of the American Chemical Society for 68 years.
A life-long Episcopalian, Richard was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church in Waukegan, IL for 60+ years. He had many fond memories of his time spent with his fellow parishioners, including friendships made at the Men’s Club and the Wednesday ChristCare Group.
Richard lived his life by the credo "honor God, love your family, and defend your country." If one word could be used to describe Richard, it was kindness. “Dad” to many, his love for others spread through all generations. His kindness, gentleness, and servant’s heart defined who he was and his spirit touched many people. His memory lives on in the hearts of all of his family and friends.
Memorial Services at Sanibel Community Church in Sanibel, FL, Saturday May 13, 2017 at 10:30 AM with lunch following. Please come celebrate Richard's life with us!
Memorial Service and Inurnment at Christ Episcopal Church in Waukegan, IL on Saturday July 1, 2017 at 10:30 AM with refreshments following.