Gerald Bosch

Gerald “Jerry” Bosch, 92, Valley Springs, South Dakota, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at Valley Springs Reformed Church in Valley Springs. Private family interment will take place prior to the memorial service on Friday. Visitation with family present will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at George Boom Funeral Chapel in Brandon, South Dakota. 

Gerald Bosch was born Nov. 28, 1924, to Gerrit and Jennie (TenHaken) Bosch in Rock County.

On May 21, 1946, he married Vivian Eernisse at her parents’ home in Valley Springs. Jerry worked at Olson Lumber for 28 years and then at Robinson Lumber for another 17 years before his retirement in 1991. He was a longtime member of the Retail Lumbermen’s Association and was recognized for over 45 years as a member. In retirement he enjoyed helping on the farm or with home improvement projects for family members. Most mornings he could be found with the coffee crew at the elevator in Valley Springs.

Gerald and Vivian have been longtime members of the Valley Springs Reformed Church. Gerald served as deacon, elder, secretary, and Sunday School secretary. He was on the Valley Springs School Board at the time of the merger with Brandon. He volunteered at the Banquet in Sioux Falls, with Habitat for Humanity, and participated with Vivian in many mission trips. He served on the Pleasant View Cemetery Board for many years. Gerald and Vivian enjoyed playing pinochle with friends. He also enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s ballgames and other activities.

Gerald is survived by his wife, Vivian, Valley Springs; three children, Marilyn Bosch, Sioux Falls, Loren (Tracy) Bosch, Burke, South Dakota, and Brad (Tammy) Bosch, Sioux Falls; a daughter-in-law, Cherlyn Bosch, Brandon; five grandchildren, Tammy Lynn Bosch, Mike Bosch, Katie Bosch, Ryan Bosch, and Trent (Sharey) Bosch; two great-grandchildren, Elliana and Kolten; a sister, Grace Wassenaar, Hills; sisters-in-law Mona Rozeboom of Minnesota and Joyce (Craig) White of Missouri; brothers-in-law Jim Harsma, Sioux Falls, and Lester (Mae) Eernisse of California; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Gary; four brothers, Marvin, Dries (Jennie), Bill (Bertha), and Arthur (Dorothy) Bosch; a sister-in-law, Evelyn Harsma; two brothers-in-law, William Wassenaar and Jerrie Jones; and Vivian’s parents, Bill and Mary Eernisse.

Arrangements are by George Boom Funeral Home, www.georgeboom.com

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