Cornelius Bosch, 94, formerly of rural Steen, died Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Visitation will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3, followed by a memorial service at noon, at Steen Reformed Church. Burial with military honors will be in Eastside Cemetery near Steen.
Memorials may be directed to the Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls.
Cornelius Bosch was born on Nov. 3, 1927, to Dick and Dena (Hoff) Bosch. He grew up in Steen and graduated from Hills High School in 1945. After graduation he enlisted in the United States Army. He was sent to Fort McCallum for basic training and served overseas in the Philippines until his honorable discharge in April of 1947.
He attended college in Brookings, South Dakota. Later that year he took a job at John Morrell’s in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
On Feb. 23, 1950, Cornie married Darlene Rozeboom. The couple lived east of Steen until completion of their permanent home in Steen, where they raised their five children. Cornie continued working at John Morrell in management until he retired in February 1989.
In retirement the couple enjoyed spending time with their family and traveling with the Prime Timers. In 2002 they moved to Luverne, where they lived until moving in 2017 to Bethany Meadows in Brandon, South Dakota.
Cornie was a lifetime member of Steen Reformed Church, serving as deacon and elder, as well as many committees. He loved to attend gospel concerts. His faith in God was his foundation. Cornie believed in hard work, being good to others and staying true to himself. His children and grandchildren fondly remember him saying, “Two wrongs don’t make a right.”
In addition to serving as Steen town clerk, Cornie also served on the Steen and Hills-Beaver Creek school boards. He enjoyed all sports, especially Minnesota Twins baseball, Minnesota Vikings football and Minnesota Gophers football. He enjoyed attending his children’s and grandchildren’s sports events. Cornie was a dedicated fan of the Florida Gators girls’ softball team where his son, Mike, coaches.
Cornie is survived by his wife, Darlene Bosch, of Brandon; children Larry (Janet) Bosch of Vero Beach, Florida, Colleen Bosch (Wayne Ystebo) of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Nancy Hilbrands of Sioux Falls, David (Maria) Bosch of Tifton, Georgia, and Michael (Ellen) Bosch of Gainesville, Florida; 14 grandchildren, Adam, Clinton, Aaron, Moreen, James, Jeremy, Nathan, Nicole, Nolan, Rebecca, Matthew, Kendall, Carsten and Jacob; 18 great-grandchildren; and sister Gertrude Hup of Hills.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Dries Bosch; a sister, Betty Boeve; four infant siblings; sister-in-law Laura May Bosch; and brothers-in-law Dick Hup and Edwin Boeve.
Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, hartquistfuneral.com.