Henry O. "Hank" Boswell Jr. went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 18, 2014. He was 84 years old. Hank was born in Corsicana to Henry and Opal Boswell on June 13, 1929.
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The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday May 22, 2014, at Stewart Family Funeral Home with the Rev. Dale Perkins officiating. There will be a private graveside service following the 2 p.m. service under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.
The Boswell family moved to Houston where Hank attended Aldine High School and later moved to Lubbock where he finished high school in 1946 and immediately joined the Army. He attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga., and was commissioned a second lieutenant. After serving a term in Alaska and receiving an honorable discharge from the Corps of Engineers, he returned to Houston where he attended the University of Houston.
Hank graduated with a B.S. degree in petroleum engineering in 1954. He started working in the oilfield as a roustabout his senior year in college for the company that later became Amoco.
Hank was a devoted husband of 59 years and loved his family. Hank married his soulmate in all things, Jean, who was his partner, especially in raising their four wonderful children (Hank, the fierce; Laura, the kindhearted; Diane, the shining star; and Mary, the thoughtful).
In 1969 Hank attended the Advanced Management School at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, Canada.
After a number of promotions that took them to Houston, New Orleans, Beaumont and Tulsa, they moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in 1970 where they enjoyed five wonderful years. While in Calgary, Hank served as vice president and later president of Amoco Canada. Returning to Chicago, Hank was given responsibilities in Amoco International and was later president of Amoco International. Amoco consolidated the international company with the U.S. operation and Hank became president of Amoco Production Co., the worldwide exploration and production subsidiary of Amoco Corp. He was elected to the board of directors. He also served as the chairman of the board of Amoco Canada Petroleum Ltd. After the children were grown, Jean traveled the world with Hank, visiting many of the countries where Amoco had operations. He served in these positions until he retired four years later in 1987 and moved to beautiful Emerald Bay, south of Tyler.
He had the privilege of serving on the board of directors of ServiceMaster Industries, Rowan Companies Inc., Cabot Oil and Gas and Cameron Ironworks, and also served on the board of trustees of the American Universities of Cairo in Cairo, Egypt.
Hank remained active on the board of Rowan Companies for 17 years, and on Sept. 23, 2006, Rowan honored Hank with the christening of the "Hank Boswell" Tarzan Class Jack Up Drilling Rig. The rig still bears his name today.
He was a director of National Ocean Industries Association and a member of the American Petroleum Institute and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He served as a member on The University of Texas College of Engineering Foundation Advisory Council. While living in the Chicago area, Hank served on the board of the Central DuPage Hospital in Naperville, Ill.
In 1987, he was honored to be the 12th person named "Mr. Spindletop" in recognition of an outstanding individual who has contributed greatly to both the petroleum industry and the community at large.
In 1988, he was honored by his alma mater by being selected as a Distinguished Engineering Alumni of the University of Houston.
Hank's exciting and rewarding career in the "oil patch" was always secondary to his love of his wife, Jean, and their four children and 10 grandchildren. They enjoyed spending spring break every year in Florida at Marco Island. In recent years in the summer they congregated at their cabin in the beautiful Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming. Hank and Jean had the privilege of visiting Scotland with friends in the fall for many years where he participated in bird-shooting, touring the countryside and seeing the beautiful fall leaves.
They enjoyed entertaining their family and friends at their lake home on Lake Palestine near Tyler. In the 20-plus years after retirement, Hank enjoyed investing in the oil and gas business and the stock market. He was always ready to share his knowledge with family and friends to help them build their "nest egg."
Love of God and service to his Kingdom was always the most important part of Hank's life. Through Christian organizations including Slavic Gospel Association, Dallas Theological Seminary, Moody Bible Institute and Coaches Outreach, Windridge Equestrian Center, Perkins Partnership Ministries, African Inland Mission and many others, he was able to help spread the Good News of the Gospel around the world. Hank and Jean are members of Green Acres Baptist Church. Jean and three daughters are longtime members and leaders of Bible Study Fellowship. His son, Hank III, serves on the board of Perkins Partnership Ministries.
Mr. Boswell was preceded in death by his parents; and nephew, John B. Boswell. Hank is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Jean. Also, their son, Hank III and his wife Lisa Garner Boswell, and their three daughters of Longview, Kate, Rachel and Jennifer and her husband Ryan Harrington; daughter, Laura Schulze and husband Floyd, and their three children, Robert, Emily and her husband Robert Cooper and Elizabeth; daughter, Diane McGowen and her husband Harold McGowen III, their children Maegan and Harold IV and his wife Lauren; daughter, Mary Gail Smith and her husband David and sons, William and Colin, of Bullard; brother, John H. Boswell and his wife Nancy, of Houston, and their son Mark and his wife Katie and their two daughters.
The Boswell family can never say "Thank You" enough to the "Caring Angels" in the Continuing Care Unit of Mother Frances Hospital. The family is forever indebted to our wonder team of physicians, notably Dr. Richard Anderson, Dr. David Gass, Dr. Steve Hickerson, Dr. Brock Lutz, Dr. Duane Andrews and their respective staffs.
Pallbearers will be Hank Boswell III, Floyd Schulze, Harold McGowen III, David Smith, Robert Schulze, Harold McGowen IV and William Smith.
Honorary pallbearers are John Boswell, John Mitchell, Marvin Beckman, Dr. David Gass, Tim Travis, Dan Finley, Bob Palmer and Bob Provost.
The Boswell family has requested that in lieu of flowers, gifts in memoriam of Hank Boswell may be made to Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center of East Texas Inc., P.O. Box 5932, Longview, 75608, http://www.windridgetexasorg; or Perkins Partnership Ministries, 1125 Judson Road, Suite 182, Longview, 75601, www.ppmhasit.org.
Stewart Family Funeral Home
7525 Old Jacksonville Highway
Tyler, TX 75703
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on May 22, 2014