He was born May 29, 1939, in Kenosha, Wis., to Robert L. and Frances (Haymes) Bosman. He married Janice Hasselman on March 25, 1961, in Footville, Wis.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, in 1962. He received his Master of Arts degree from Winona State University in 1965 and earned a Ph.D. in education from Northern Illinois University in 1979.
He began his career in education in Walworth, Wis. He and his family then moved to Woodstock where he held principalships at Clay and Dean elementary schools. After retiring from District 200, he supervised student teachers for Northern Illinois University for 10 years.
During the early years of his life, he was an athlete, excelling in tennis, and he loved to swim, play football and golf. In more recent years, he focused on his family, his wife, his children, his grandchildren, and his cottage near Rhinelander, Wis. He also enjoyed painting and drawing.
He is survived by his wife, Janice Hasselman Bosman; his daughter, Robin (Charley) Grover; his son, Joel (Julia) Bosman; four grandchildren, Trey Grover, Veronica Grover, Joe Grover and Bruno Bosman; three nephews, Marc Killingstad, Michael and Ryan Shackelford; and his niece, Natalie Killingstad.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Patricia Shackelford.
The visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 17, with a memorial service at 7 p.m. at Schneider-Leucht-Merwin and Cooney Funeral Home, 1211 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock.
Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association of Greater Chicago, 208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60604.
For information, call the funeral home at 815-338-1710.
Published in the Northwest Herald (McHenry County, Illinois) on May 15, 2010.