Stanley James Boren

June 17, 1922April 18, 2014

Lt. Col Stanley James Boren (ret) was born June 17, 1922 in Mounds City, IL, to Fred and Nora Boren, one of eight children. Stan graduated from Mounds City High School in 1940 and joined the Army after graduation. He was filling salt and pepper shakers when Pearl Harbor was attacked and the call went out to anyone who had flight experience, which Stan had since his best friend’s father had a plane and Stan had learned to fly while still in High School. Stan graduated from flight school in Ellington Field, Texas in 1942 and was sent to Page Field for further training and there met Doris Boren. Stan finished his training at Page Field and was sent to Avon Park, FL for further training. He and Doris were married in Sebring, FL on January 28, 1943. Stan flew as a Staff Sargent during the war with the Army Air Corps and later was commissioned a 1st Lt. when the Air Force was created. Stan was thrown into the war after graduating from his training at Avon Park, he flew 64 missions during the war and flew over Italy, Sicily, Germany, North Africa, and France from April 1943 to June 1944. He flew a B-26 named Sunny’s Dream, after his wife of 52 years whose nickname was Sunny. After the war he started training future pilots and was assigned to President Truman’s detail in Washington DC for five years. His career was highlighted by the people he met and few with over the years, he flew Presidents, Generals, and made friends with all who knew him. He flew with Doolittle around France checking on his flyers. Stan and Doris had one child, Donna Jean, born on February 13, 1956 in Orlando, FL. During the Vietnam War he was the pilot that was involved in moving two Elephants given to the village of Tra Bong by the Green Berets, about which the movie Dumbo Drop was made, he was to transport the elephants by C-130 to a field outside the village then they were helicoptered into the village. It was a successful operation and Stan was heard to say that he hoped they didn’t wake up and start moving around in his plane. Stan loved flying, be it model planes, bi-planes, or the real thing. During the course of his life he had 63 cars, loved them and motorcycles, which he probably had close to 20 over his life. He is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Nora, seven siblings, first wife Doris, second wife Mary Jane, and grandson Dustin Skinner. He is survived by his daughter Donna, grandchildren Jessy, Trena and Hydee and three great grandchildren.


  • Graveside Service Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Stanley James Boren

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Barbie Coen

April 22, 2014

I loved reading about your Dad, he had a very interesting life and many different adventures.... Now he is on even a greater adventure and you must continue on with yours and some day I believe we will get to meet up again with our dear ones that gone on before us and we will all have a grand reunion with out any pain...suffering or tears!

Mike Boren

April 21, 2014

Donna, sorry to hear about Uncle oo. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Growing up dad talked about Stan's adventures, cars, planes, and bikes and loved his brother very much. I tell people that I always wanted to live life like my Uncle Stan and I have come pretty close. I love cars and boats and plan to continue to live like Stan did. He loved you very much. Mike Boren

Kath Ragusa

April 21, 2014

Donna, Sorry to hear about your father.He was a great man.He would come to our shop and talk about everything from his cars,motor cycles,planes and life experiences. We loved all his stories. We would talk for hours. He would stop by just to talk or just to have lunch. If he ever needed something done at home he would never ask we would just show up and help..Proud Man! He will missed dearly! Andy,Kathy,Kenny & Dennis..His friends at Car-Tech Collision.

Erin Peterson

April 20, 2014

Thinking and praying for you. Uncle Stan and Aunt Doris are a wonderful part of my childhood. I remember playing in their yard every year. I adored that big willow tree and the pond. They were amazing people and I am blessed to know have known them.

Marilyn & David Hoiles

April 20, 2014

Donna, Our love and prayers are with you and your family. Uncle Stan was a great man and loved and respected by many. He will be greatly missed . . . especially by David. He will be lost without his best friend! But we sure shared a lot of special times together. Many happy memories! We love you, Uncle Stan.

teri miller

April 20, 2014

My love and prayers are with you Donna .