Richard Paul Boggs of Orlando, Florida passed away on August 22, 2019. Rick was born December 16, 1959 to Joseph and Hazel Boggs in Portsmouth, Virginia, the fourth of five children. He graduated from Oakridge High School in Orlando and from the University of Central Florida (UCF) with degrees in Business and Computer Engineering.
He served in the Ordnance Corps of the United States Army and worked for Lockheed Martin (LMCO) for 35 years, retiring from LMCO as a Senior Fellow.
Rick is survived by his wife, Janice; sons Christopher and his wife Theresa and children Chloe and Taylen; Gabriel and his wife Kira and son Flynn; father Joseph; brothers John and wife Robin; Ken and wife Terry and sisters Mary Cowart and husband John; Sandy Braithwood and husband Paul as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by mother Hazel and brother Joseph. It is a large and loving family.
Rick grew up in a military family. Father Joseph retired after 30 years of active duty in the Navy. Mother Hazel served as a Navy WAVE prior to her marriage to Joe. All his brothers also served in the Navy. After living in many places around the United States and Spain, the family settled in Orlando where he graduated from Oakridge High School. He started his work life at Lockheed Martin where worked full time while attending UCF. Rick met his wife Janice at UCF. They married in December 1981. They were commissioned as 2nd Lieutenants in the Army upon graduation. After his military duty he returned to Lockheed Martin where he worked in training and simulation. He retired as a Senior Fellow with 35 years of service.
Rick was active during his life in sports in high school, intramural sports and community sports in military. This launched a lifelong love of sports with special attention to UCF sports. He served as an Assistant Scout Master for Troop 823 for many years and supported the band at Cypress Creek High School. He served in the Preschool Ministry of First Baptist Orlando teaching 2 & 3-year olds as well as helping in other areas of the ministry. He volunteered with the Buddy Break program of Nathanial’s Hope. He had a big heart for people, regularly helping others anonymously and mentoring young engineers at LMCO. He always followed and encouraged “paying it forward”.
He loved having grandchildren although he was unable to spend time with Chloe & Taylen in the last few years. He was blessed to be a part of Flynn’s first year and half. He was the safe zone when Flynn was chased by others. Great fun had between the two of them. His presence will be missed by many.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 3pm in Henry Chapel at First Baptist Church Orlando. Inurnment with full military honors will be at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery Mims, Florida Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 2:30pm. The family encourages those attending the service to come without socks – he so hated wearing them. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kids Ministry of First Baptist Orlando.
The family is being cared for by CONRAD AND THOMPSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES 511 Emmett St Kissimmee, FL 34741