Robert D. Boardman, 55, passed away on Oct. 31, 2017
Robert Duane Boardman, 55, son of JT Boardman and Elizabeth Boardman (Betty Jo), died unexpectedly on Oct. 31, 2017 at Santa Clara Valley Trauma Center in San Jose, Calif.
Rob was born April 7, 1962, the second of four children in El Dorado, where he grew up and was active in school sports and in his parish as an altar boy. Following high school graduation and after a one-year scholarship for track and field at Butler Community College, Rob went on to Kansas State University (KSU) in Manhattan, and lived the Greek life at Lambda Chi Alpha. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and following graduation was hired by Cargill, Inc. In the winter of 1984, he met his wife, Annette Hutfles, also a student at KSU, and they married on February 1, 1986 in Colby.
Rob traveled with his wife and two children, Elizabeth and Paul, for work at Cargill around the world: Iowa, China, Argentina, Canada, Amsterdam, Kansas and California. While working in Wichita at the Cargill soybean processing plant in 2005, he earned his Master Degree in Business Management at Newman University. A leader, he always lead by example, working in various oil processing plants and finishing his career in sea salt in Newark, Calif. As the facility manager at Newark, he constructed a team of exceptional individuals, who, along with their families, will keep his high standards, allowing the sea salt plant to continue running strong for years to come. Rob loved working with people and was an outstanding engineer and manager for more than 32 years.
Rob was a loving husband and doting father even with his two German Shepherds Elsi and Gracie. They were always at his side especially at meal time. He was passionate about football, especially his Alma Mater, KSU, as well as many professional teams. He bought football and baseball attire so he and Annette were properly dressed to cheer on their various favorite teams and the local adopted team, the Oakland Raiders. He volunteered many times to cook and barbeque for his employees even during holidays to allow others to be with their families. His Catholic upbringing taught him how to treat others with dignity and respect. In his everyday life, he had a strong work ethic; he was inspiring, perceptive, and always thoughtful and considerate.
Rob was generous and avid blood and plasma donor for the American Red Cross and he continued his generosity in death as an organ donor-a reflection of the holistic and healthy way he lived his life.
He will be missed by many, and we know he will always be in our hearts. Rob was a beloved son, brother, husband, father, uncle, nephew, colleague, and friend.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Paul and Opal Boardman, Clarence and Mary Werner, his mother Elizabeth and his mother-in-law Darline Hutfles. Rob is survived by his wife, Annette Boardman, his two children, Elizabeth (Beau) Befort, Paul Boardman, and his father JT, his siblings, Jeff (Michele) Boardman, Julie (Scott) Pippin, and Marcy (John) Moore and father-in-law Gerald Hutfles, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Memorial masses will be held in Wichita and Colby, Kan.. A private family interment service will take place at a later date.
Those wishing to give memorials are urged to consider donating online to The American Red Cross.org and type in Robert D. Boardman. Please consider becoming an organ donor.