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Wendell And Jean Bossen

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Wendell and Jean Bossen

On Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, Jean Davidson Bossen passed away. Jean was 80, the oldest daughter of Ole' Raymond and Linda Davidson, born to them in Bryant, South Dakota on May 10, 1937. Jean graduated as Salutatorian from Bryant High School in 1955. Her love of music was a constant in her life, whether playing the guitar and piano, or singing in an award-winning barbershop chorus of Sweet Adeline's International (1986) and Good Shepherd Lutheran's Praise Band (Hendersonville, NC).

On Thursday, June 15th, 2017, Jean's husband, Wendell John Bossen, passed away. Wendell was 83, the youngest son of Hans and Clara Bossen, born to them in Vienna, South Dakota on November 11, 1933. Wendell was a graduate of Vienna High School, Class of '51. As a young man he played baseball for Vienna, and throughout life maintained his love of sports, playing tennis, golf, racquetball, and basketball.

In 1956 Wendell and Jean were married. They lived in Watertown, SD for several years as they began to raise their family. In Watertown Wendell began his career in business, initially with a Minneapolis-based insurance company, NWNL. Wendell's career was one of the great pleasures of his life, providing the challenges, travel, and adventure that he and Jean savored.

The family lived and worked in several cities and towns over the years, including Chicago, Minneapolis, Spokane, Seattle, Cincinnati, Basking Ridge (New Jersey), and Hendersonville (North Carolina). With each new city, the family found new experiences and new challenges.

The couple's 61 years together were filled with passion and humor. Jean and Wendell were always eager to see what was over the next hill. As newlyweds they took road trips to the South and the West, living on sandwiches and cheap gas. With their children they continued exploring the country, and never tired of finding new things to do, new places to see. The couple visited all 50 states, over 80 countries, and all seven continents. They were boon companions and seasoned travelers, enjoying life, their family, and each other, always ready for the next adventure.

Jean and Wendell are survived by their children, Mark Bossen of River Falls, WI, and Monica Johnson of Dunwoody, GA, their grandchildren, Dana Bossen and Aaron Bossen, and Jean's brother (Roger Davidson of Bryant, SD) and sister (Sandra Spain of Carpentersville, IL).

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 5th, 11AM, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Vienna, South Dakota.
Published in The Argus Leader on July 1, 2017
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