Sunday evening, August 3rd, Arthur Bossingham passed away at his home surrounded by the family he loved. He was 88.
Art was born November 29, 1925 in Rosebud, South Dakota, the son of Morris and Anna (Emery) Bossingham and was raised in Burke, SD, moving to the Interlochen, MI area at the age of 14 with his family. In February of 1944, Art entered the US Army and proudly served his country as a PFC in the Rhineland and Central Europe during WWII, receiving his honorable discharge in April of 1946.
On March 26, 1949 Art married the love of his life, Barbara Jean Antoine in Traverse City. The couple lived in Interlochen for a number of years, and in 1959 they moved the family to Petoskey. In 1964 Art and Barb purchased the Loverige Resort on Crooked Lake, which they renamed Bossingham’s. They operated the resort together for 34 years until retiring in 1998.
In addition to operating the resort, Art was an accomplished Electrician and worked on various noteworthy projects, including wiring and lighting for the Mackinac Bridge, the Grand Traverse Resort, North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, the Pipeline in Gould City, and Northern Michigan Regional Hospital (now McLaren Northern Michigan) in Petoskey, a project that he continued to work on for over 10 years, and donated his time and services to the Sacramentine Monastery in Conway, MI.
He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, and St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Art was an avid sportsman and loved to hunt and fish in the Black Hills of South Dakota and watch the Detroit Tigers.
Art was one of the most loving and dependable men. He always took care of everybody, and never turned anybody away in need, he had a true heart of gold. He was a very strong and physically fit individual and always did his morning exercise regimen. He was considered by many to be one of the strongest most wonderful men, and to his family, a true hero. He will be deeply missed.
Art is survived by his children, Darlene Bossingham of Rockford, Wayne Bossingham of Oden; and grandchildren, Roxanne (Scott) Page of Rockford, Michelle Engle of St. Clair, and Robert Bossingham of Oden; his five great grandchildren include, Megan, Larry, Luke, Bryce, and Chandler; a great great granddaughter, Fayth; siblings, Sam (Ann) Bossingham, his beloved sister Adele Boyd, and Mary Lou (Doug) Denny; and favorite hunting buddy, Robert "Bob" (Barb) Boyd and by many other nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Barb in 2006, and by an infant son, Gerald.
Funeral services celebrating Art's life will be held at the Stone Funeral Home in Petoskey on Thursday, August 7th at 11:00am with a picnic luncheon will follow the service on Thursday at Art's home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 6-8pm.
Donations in Art's memory may be directed to Hospice of little Traverse Bay in Petoskey or the Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America at 40550 Grand River Avenue, Novi, MI 48375
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