Ronald L. Bos
Ronald L. Bos
  • September 22, 1938 - February 21, 2017
  • Michigan

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Ronald "Ron" Lee Bos went home to the Lord on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 after a courageous seventeen year battle with Parkinson's and post-Polio syndrome. He was born at home in Lansing, MI on September 22, 1938 to Andrew and Blanche (Purchis) Bos. He grew up in Lansing and graduated from Lansing Eastern High School, raised his daughters in Holt where he served on the Delhi Township Parks Commission, retired to Mason , went kicking and screaming to assisted living in East Lansing and finally found rest in Charlotte. He enjoyed a thirty-three year career with the State of Michigan, retiring as a Deputy Director with the Michigan State Police Office of Highway Safety Planning. In retirement he dabbled in real estate with Westdale Better Homes and Gardens where he truly enjoyed helping first time homebuyers find homes.

Dad proudly served in the United States Army where he was stationed in Germany, then the United States Army Reserves and finally with the Michigan National Guard. He was member of South (Baptist) Church and served as a deacon and a leader of South's sports ministry for many years. Dad was a kind, loving and generous man and a devoted and doting grandfather. Everyone was welcome in our home growing up and there was always enough to go around. He was a listening ear to all and a wise counselor to many. A stranded motorist was never passed by. He lived his faith and it was evident in his actions.
He was also a sports fanatic. He enjoyed softball, golf and bowling and watched pretty much anything sports related on television. His favorite sport was bowling where he achieved status as a semi-professional; family vacations often revolved around American Bowling Congress championships. He coached numerous men's' fast-pitch softball teams in the Lansing area over the years, where his teams captured several championships. His proudest moments, however, were watching his daughters and grandchildren participate in sports.

He was preceded in death by his parents, the love of his life and wife of nearly forty-seven years Sandra Kay (Mitchell), in-laws Harold and Grace (Jenkins) Mitchell, brothers-in-law William and Stephen Mitchell, and sister-in-law Phyllis Bos. He is survived by his daughters Loree (Kevin) Oeffner, Michelle (Jim) Szymanski and Rhonda (John) Imeson; grandchildren Matthew, Daniel and Andrew Oeffner, Blaise and Summer Szymanski and Cassandra (Tyler) Martell and Stephanie Imeson; siblings Dee (Fred) Covert, Dick (Nada) Bos, Jan (Bob) French and Don (Diane) Bos; and a large extended family.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, April 22, 2017 at noon at South Church, 5250 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing MI 48917 with Pastor Don Denyes officiating. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers we ask that you would consider a contribution to either South Church's sports ministry or to Eaton Community Palliative Care 2675 S. Cochran Road, Charlotte MI 48813, in memory of Dad.

We would also like to thank the staff of McLaren-Greenlawn and Eaton Community Palliative Care for their loving and compassionate care for Dad during his final days here on earth.