Gerald “Jerry” Keith Boman, 68, of Notasulga, Ala., died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at The University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital.
Jerry was born in New Albany on March 16, 1944, to John Boman and Opal Richards Boman. He joined the United States Air Force in 1961 at the age of 17 and attained the rank of Technical Sergeant, serving a tour of duty in Vietnam in 1969.
He was married to Carolyn Gibson, of New Albany, from 1964 through 1972, and they had three sons. In 1972 Jerry was selected for the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) program at Auburn University. In 1973 he married Brenda Butler of Poseyville, with whom he had two daughters. He received his B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Auburn in December 1974 and completed Officer Training School at Lackland AFB, Texas, in March 1975, where he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. While stationed at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, from 1979 through 1983 he worked as a structural engineer in the Flight Dynamics Lab, managing the Extension Fatigue Test Program for the F-4 fighter and served in the Foreign Technology Division, monitoring and evaluating the capabilities of foreign nations to develop and apply advanced materials to aerospace weapon systems.
Jerry earned an M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Dayton and an MBA at Wright State University. He completed his 24-year career with the USAF as an F-15 engineer at Warner Robins AFB, Ga. Jerry retired at the rank of Captain in 1985. He and his wife Brenda returned to Auburn where Jerry completed a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 1993. Dr. Boman served as an instructor in the Civil Engineering Department through May 2012, where he taught statics, introduction to hydraulics and mechanics of materials.
Jerry, Brenda and their daughters moved to Notasulga in 1995, where Jerry managed a herd of up to 150 beef cattle on their 160-acre farm. He was a member of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association and the Notasulga United Methodist Church, where he served as chairman of the Board of Trustees. He also served as chairman of the Notasulga Industrial Development Board. Jerry was an avid golfer, enjoying more than 25 years of golfing at sunrise with his buddy George Kenan. He also enjoyed camping and fishing with old friends Peter Parts and Dave Steely.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Brenda Butler Boman; sons Harold Boman and Richard (Sherry) Boman, of New Albany, and Michael (Beth) Boman, of Greenville; daughters Laura (Tim Ritter) Boman, of Orlando, Fla., and Leslie Boman of Notasulga, Ala.; brother Larry Boman and stepmother Geneva Boman, of New Albany; seven grandchildren, Ashley (Cory) Bailey, of New Albany, Erica Boman, of Georgetown, Brittney Boman and Justin Boman, of Henryville, Bradley Cypert, Luke Boman and Sidney Boman, of Greenville; and his loyal dog, Sadie.
The family requests that memorial gifts be made to Notasulga United Methodist Church, the Notasulga Volunteer Fire Department or the ALS Association.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Notasulga United Methodist Church, with burial following at the Notasulga Memorial Gardens. Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home in Opelika, Ala., is in charge of arrangements.