Robert E. Boulware
August 3, 1924 – September 18, 2019
Robert E. “Bob” Boulware, 95, passed away September 18, 2019. Robert was born August 3, 1924 in Lone Wolf, OK to Robert B and Ina Jane Havron Boulware. He was a decorated Air Force Veteran in the 96th bomb squadron, 2nd bombardment Group serving as tail gunner and armorer on a B-17. His plane was shot down over Vienna, Austria on his 17th mission and he was captured by the Germans on July 16, 1944 and was liberated on May 13th 1945. After his military service, he worked at the Downtown Post Office for 38 years. Robert was a member of the American Legion, served on Senator Jim Inhofe’s task force for veteran reform, a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner receiving recognition for 50 years with the Scottish Rite. He was an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church. He had been giving generously to people in need. He had a loving and caring heart, which showed in all of the volunteer work he did for the church including helping with international students the church hosted and serving as their security guard. He also volunteered with meals on wheels until he was 82 years old. He loved cats and had three that were very dear to him, Princess, Monkey and his last one, Baby. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Audrey L. on March 7, 1997 and his uncle Thomas, who severed in the U.S Marine and was listed as Missing in Action at age 22 in WWII. He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Zhuohua “Wendy’ Zhou, son, Robert Boulware, II and his wife, Lisa, sister-in-law, Erma Gipson, Niece, Claudia Sanders and her son, Joshua, nephew, Robert Gipson and many other relatives and friends.
- Visitation Monday, September 23, 2019
- Graveside Service Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Robert E. Boulware
September 24, 2019
I considered Edwin a second father to me and I loved him dearly. I was proud to call him my Uncle. It was my privilege to know him and be a part of his time on earth. Until we meet again ...
September 23, 2019
I had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Boulware through the Central OK Chapter Of American Ex-POWs. I always enjoyed his wit and infectious smile. He was a very kind man. He generously shared his POW experiences with me knowing that he and my father were in the same POW camp. I am sad to lose yet another of the Greatest Generation, but grateful for what Robert did for all of us. Prayers for Wendy, Robert Jr., and the whole family.
September 21, 2019
I thought the world of Edwin and I considered him to be a true brother to me. He was one of the most good-hearted and likeable people I have ever known. My mother, Cora Dunn, also thought highly of him as he was so good to her. After WWII ended, housing was in short supply due to all of the returning veterans, so my sister and Edwin lived for awhile with my parents. My mother's health had begun to decline and when Edwin found out she wished she could plant a garden, he dug up and completely planted a huge vegetable garden for her. He showed her such respect and every kindness, and she would show her gratitude by cooking him a hot breakfast each morning. He was always happy, polite and kind.