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James Thomas Boston
James Thomas Boston
James Thomas Boston, age 85 of Monroe, died Monday, December 29, 2008 at the Monroe Manor. James was born in Corsicana, Texas on July 29, 1923, the only child of Ethel G. (Berry) and Floyd E. Boston.

His family moved from San Antonio, Texas to Jacksonville, Illinois in 1932. Jim enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1943 and served in WWII and the Korean Conflict as a navigator/bombardier on heavy bombers. He was discharged with the rank of 1st Lieutenant, U.S. Air Force Reserve.

He married Jean I. Bergquist on March 7, 1945 in Riverside, CA while stationed at March Field Air Force Base.

After WWII he attended Illinois College, the University of Denver, and Drake University in Iowa, graduating in 1950 with a B.C.S. Degree in Commercial Science. He was employed by John Morrell and Co. in Ottumwa, Iowa from 1950 until 1972 as Plant Controller. He resigned in 1972 to accept the position of Controller of St. Clare Hospital in Monroe. He retired from St. Clare as Vice President of Finance in 1985.

Jim was a former member of the Ottumwa, Iowa Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer of the Community Hospital, Advanced Member of the Hospital Financial Assoc., American Management Assoc., American Legion, Bombardiers Inc., and was listed in Who's Who in Midwest America for several years. He was also a former member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ottumwa, Iowa. He has resided at the Monroe Manor since 2002.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Boston of Monroe; three daughters, Barbara (Richard) Borenitsch of West Allis, WI, Tamara (Jon) Schilt of Monroe, Jami Boston of Carmel, IN; and four grandchildren, Jim (Emily) Borenitsch, Jessie Borenitsch, Jason (Erica) Schilt, and Cory Schilt.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1957, his mother in 1958, and a son-in-law, Brad Harness in 2006.

Jim will be cremated and his ashes buried in his family lot at Diamond Grove Cemetery in Jacksonville, Illinois. There will be a private family graveside service at that time. The Newcomer Funeral Home, Monroe, is assisting the family.