Thomas E. Bosch, 69, of Farnam, Nebraska, died April 15, 2019 in Kearney, NE.
He was born September 3, 1949 in Lexington, NE, son of John George and Clara Belle (Crampton) Bosch. Tom grew up on the family farm north of Farnam, he graduated from Farnam High with the class of 1967. He then went to Junior College in North Platte for two years before continuing his education at Kearney State College. He graduated in 1972 with a Business Administration degree. A couple of months before his college graduation, his parents were killed in a car accident. This was very hard on him as he was only 22 years old. He did attend his graduation but didn't really want to because his mother couldn't be there.
Tom married Sandy Maline on August 16, 1970 at Gothenburg. Their first child, Stacie, was born in 1972. Tom had to make the decision to join the National Guard or go to Viet Nam. So with Stacie only three months old, he was sent to Kentucky for four months of Guard training. Meanwhile, Sandy and Stacie went to live with her parents while he was gone. After his training, he returned home to the family farm where he spent the rest of his life. A son Kelly was born to make the family complete.
When Tom was 39 he was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease that changed his life. For many years, he continued farming, although it was hard and he had to push thru the fatigue and pain. He eventually retired from farming and let his son Kelly take over the family farm. He continued to help out occasionally and his last harvest was fall 2012 as it was very difficult to even walk. Tom had been wheelchair bound for the past six years. Tom filled his time the last few years watching old westerns and reading. With so much tv watching, he became involved in politics and would have enjoyed following the 2020 election. While he was still able, he enjoyed gardening. This passion for gardening, he shared with his oldest grandson Joshua. He later got garden boxes he could access from the sliding glass doors. Most years, the grandsons would help him plant the boxes. Under his watchful eye - they had to do it "just so". He always had plenty of chores for the boys to do when they came to visit; like last fall when he supervised the removal of volunteer trees.
Tom also enjoyed traveling especially planning a trip. He would sit for hours planning every place to visit. He especially loved Colorado and the mountains.
He was a great handyman. He was good at carpentry and fixing things. He was a perfectionist at everything he did so it was always done right.
Survivors include his wife, Sandy Bosch of Farnam, NE, daughter, Stacie (John) Harrington of Bloomfield, IA and their children - Joshua, Matthew, Michael, and Brandon; son Kelly Bosch of Farnam, NE; brother, Milan (Sherl) Bosch of Chadron, NE and sister, Patty (Eldon) Reese of Holbrook, NE along with one nephew and seven nieces.
Thomas was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Kathleen Jo Bosch.
Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Friday, April 19, 2019, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Funeral services will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Monday, April 22, 2019 at 2:30 pm with Pastor Joseph Carty officiating.
Private Interment will be in the Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska.
Memorials may be given to Camp Arrowhead, 75352 Road 431, Lexington, NE 68852.
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