AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Edwin “Ed” Bossen, of Onamia, formerly of Isle, passed away on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the MilleLacs Health System in Onamia. He was 96 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Isle Baptist Church with Rev. Nicholas Skogen officiating.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.
INURNMENT will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.
Edwin I. Bossen of Onamia MN passed away on May 5, 2018 at Mille Lacs Long Term Care. He was 96 years old.
Ed was born on July 27, 1921, the first child of Henry and Amelia (Scheidt) Bossen in Beulah, ND. At the age of 2, his family moved to a farm near Hinckley MN. He attended school in Hinckley, graduating in 1939. Ed completed Teacher Training College in St Cloud and taught 1st through 8th grade in Hinckley for one year before leaving to join the US Army in August of 1942. Life in the Army brought him to North Africa and eventually to the European Theatre. While there, he served in Italy, France, Rhineland and in the Central Europe Campaigns. Ed was a cook and also manned anti-aircraft spotlights. He was discharged in October of 1945.
Ed returned home to Minnesota and entered into a partnership with his only sibling, Marvin, establishing Bossen Brother’s Poultry Farm in rural Kanabec County. At a Grange Dance in 1947 he met a school teacher, Miss Lila Roberts. They were married in 1950. Their three children, Larry, Dale and Karen, were born and raised at the farm. Ed and Lila continued to farm until 1970, when he began his next career as a carpenter and handyman. For the next 31 years, Ed and Lila spent their winters in Desert Hot Springs, CA and summers in Isle, MN working odd jobs year round to keep busy and help people.
Ed’s greatest pleasures were his hobbies of fishing, playing cards, dancing, visiting friends, working in his wood shop and tending his garden and fruit trees. Ed and Lila also loved to travel, driving to and from California for many years, visiting friends and relatives along the way. Annual canoe trips to the Boundary Waters with his sons provided many precious memories. At the age of 90, Ed traveled with the Honor Flight organization to visit the WWII Memorial in Washington DC.
He was a member of Ogilvie United Methodist Church, Isle VFW, active in his community and with his church, always ready to do whatever needed to be done.
When declining health forced Ed & Lila to stop “snowbirding” they settled into an apartment in Isle and later assisted living in Onamia before finally entering the Long Term Care where he was lovingly attended to for 2 years and 5 days.
He was slow to anger, quick witted, and one of the nicest people you will ever meet.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Lila, and brother Marvin.
Ed is survived by his three children, Larry of Pine City; Dale & Carolyn (Mumert) Bossen of Maple Grove; daughter Karen & husband Roger Tramm of Isle; 6 grandchildren, Rob Bossen (DeeDee), Corey Tramm (Sara), Jay Bossen (Kellie), Seth Tramm(Sara), Deidre Wade (Sean) and Tyler Tramm; 10 great grandchildren, Brynn and Josie Bossen, Elijah and Asher Tramm, Tessa, Isaiah and Micah Tramm, James and Jase Bossen and Isabella Tramm; sister-in laws, Dorothy Millam and Verna Bossen; and his many nieces, nephews and friends.