Richard D. “Dick” Bossen, 75, of Arcadia passed away Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at the Valley View Living Center in Ord.
A Celebration of Life was held Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at the Arcadia United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Jeff D. Hale officiating. Burial was in the Arcadia Cemetery. Military Honors were provided by the Arcadia American Legion Post 251 and the Nebraska National Military Honor Guard.
Memorials are suggested to the family’s choice. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Dick Bossen was born May 29, 1938, to Floyd and Pauline (Sorensen) Bossen in Arcadia. He was the youngest of three children. As a young boy, Dick helped on the farm, raising sheep, hogs, corn, hay, potatoes and milk cows. He was active in 4-H, showing beef cattle, throughout grade school and high school. He attended Arcadia Public School where he graduated in 1957.
The next fall, he attended the University of Nebr-aska in Lincoln, majoring in agriculture. His studies were discontinued at the end of the first semester and he returned to the farm where he helped his father.
In 1961, Dick was drafted into the United States Army. He was stationed in Germany for two years before he moved back to Arcadia and married Margene Elliott. It was then that Dick knew that he wanted to farm and feed cattle for a living. He had traveled across the Midwest and seen commercial feed yards and envisioned that someday he would build one for himself. This dream was realized as he built his feedlot on a hill 1/2 mile east of the homestead and created Bossen Livestock, Inc. Later he added a ranch and backgrounding lot located near Westerville.
Dick loved his family more than anything and throughout his life he enjoyed attending many events that his girls and grandsons participated in. He loved to travel and later in life took many trips to places around the world with his wife.
Dick has been a very integral part of community and county boards and organizations. Some of these include the Arcadia Community Boosters, Arcadia School Board, Arcadia American Legion, Valley County Health System Board of Trustees, Valley County Supervisors, One Box Hunt, Nebraska Cattlemen, US Bio Ethanol Plant Board, to name a few. He was selected to the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame and the Huskie Wall of Fame and has been a big supporter of the University of Nebraska. He has also been a sounding board for several young entrepreneurs who were building their own businesses or careers. He has gone above and beyond his call of duty by not only creating jobs and doing business locally, but by donating to local organizations. Because of his commitment, he is respected and appreciated by all who know him.
Survivors include his wife, Margene of Arcadia; two daughters and a son-in-law, Jennifer Svoboda of Sargent, and Alison and Bill Garrelts of Arcadia; four grandsons, Weston and Wryder Svoboda of Sargent, and AJ and Peyton Garrelts of Arcadia; and a brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Joyce Bossen of Joliet, Ill. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister and brother-in-law, Rae Jean and Calvin Treptow.
Published in Custer County Chief, Jan. 23, 2014