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Lt. Colonel John Boeman was a pilot, author & philosopher

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John S. Boeman saw action in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He served in World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps, flying over twenty missions as a B-24 pilot in the Pacific. Unfortunately, his plane crashed on his 23rd flight, and he lost many of his crew. “I was just 21 when the war ended. I’d lived a lot of life in 20 months. Before I enlisted in the war, my greatest ambition was to go to college, play football, go back to my hometown, coach football, and teach mathematics.”

“The war made me a lot more serious for the rest of my life. I guess you’d call it loss of innocence.” “The idea of playing football in college after what I’d gone through seemed plain silly, childish." He attended the University of Illinois graduating with a major in psychology and philosophy and hoped to find a way to solve world problems without war.

John became a co-pilot on a C-54 in Korea from 1950 to 1952 and a transport pilot from 1952 to 1954 with the Military Air Transport Command. He flew B-47 and B-52 during the cold war for the Strategic Air Command and was inspector general of the Military Assistance Command during Vietnam. His final assignment was as commander of the Northeast Ohio Recruiting Detachment at the Federal Office building in Cleveland.

In 1962, he earned a master’s degree from the George Washington University in public administration and was a graduate of Air Command and Staff College in 1963.

The Boemans met Mayor William Klein at a party at Gwinn. When Klein heard that they were house-hunting, he wasted no time introducing them to a real estate agent in the community. They looked at five homes before choosing to purchase 10608 Lake Shoe Boulevard on November 27, 1971.

Upon retiring from the U.S. Air Force as a lieutenant colonel in 1972, Mr. Boeman stayed in Bratenahl and began writing his first book about his experiences and views on war, peace, and life. “I started reading about Socrates and Marxism and communism and all that,” he said. “I wanted to study how to solve world problems without war.”

He was the author of “Morotai, A Memoir of War” and “Peace from War to War.” He also wrote articles for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “So far, what I’ve figured out is we learned a lot from the war, but we came up short on learning all we need to learn.”

John Sigler Boeman was born December 4, 1923, in Kempton, Illinois, the son of George and Winifred Boeman. He received his education at Kempton High School.

He married Lucille Weller, who was born in 1922. They had nine children: Vicki (Jones), George, Mary (Casstevens), Norman, Suzanne (Koporc), Raymond, Melanie, Thomas, and Christopher.

John was president of the Cleveland and Ohio chapters of the Air Force Association and the Retired Officers Association. In addition, he belonged to Boy Scout Leaders and the Cleveland Minority Engineering Foundation.

On August 16, 1998, John died at his Bratenahl home while working on his third book. Lucille died in May 2014. Both are buried in Lake View Cemetery.