Celebrating the life of William Maurice Bossie
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Billy entered eternal rest on May 10, 2021, surrounded by a small group of family members and friends. Born on May 22, 1952, to Joseph and Irene Bossie, in Cohoes, New York. Billy was one of six children born to Joseph and Irene. He grew up in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he attended high school. On December 3, 1970, he voluntarily enlisted in the United States Air Force achieving the rank of Sergeant before being honorably discharged on April 22, 1974. While stationed at McCoy AFB in Orlando Florida he met and married Debra Smith. On September 5, 1974, their first child Michael L Bosse was born. After moving back to Connecticut, the couple’s second child, Lee Eric Bosse, was born on February 16, 1976. The couple then packed up their belongings and joined John and Robin Korpaney on a cross-country trip that landed them in Kamiah, Idaho. After settling on a small piece of property their third child Carrie Lynn Christiansen was born on January 19, 1978. A short time later October 28, 1979, Andrea Reyne’ Phillips was born, this was their final biological child. In later years, the couple adopted their first grandchild Shayla Marie Bosse, and later a foster child Stephanie Star Bosse was also adopted.
Billy worked much of his life as a graphic artist and printer. An avid backpacker he would enjoy long journeys into the Selway Bitterroot forest of Idaho with his children and later grandchildren. He was actively involved in the Seventh-Day Adventist church in Kamiah as well as attending other churches and bible study groups. Billy was of a strong religious conviction and never missed an opportunity to share his beliefs with those he encountered. In 2006 the couple divorced, and Bill moved to Orofino Idaho. In 2014 Bill took advantage of an offer to become a missionary in Tanzania, Africa. The people at Kibidula, Tanzania quickly became his second family. On return trips to the United States to visit family, he would sit and tell stories for hours about his many adventures in Africa. He lived his final years doing what he described as the work God had created him to do.
Bill is proceeded in death by both his parents and his two brothers. He is survived by his three sisters, 6 children, fifteen grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, many close friends, and the countless lives he touched. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 22, at 2:00 p.m. at the Linwood Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Spokane Washington.
Instead of flowers, the family is asking that any monetary gifts be sent to:
Outpost Centers International
5132 Layton Lane
Apison, TN 37302
Please label the checks “Kibidula-Bill Bosse-Dental Project”
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