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John Boss

John passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at his home in Otsego.

He was born March 17, 1959 in Allegan the son of Donald E. and Mae Marie (Regnier) Boss. John was a 1977 Plainwell High School graduate. For more than 23 years he had worked at Simpson Paper until it closed then worked at Western Michigan University in the Maintenance Department until his passing.

John was an animal lover and enjoyed cooking, farming, woodworking, remodeling his home and most of all playing with his grandson, John Bear. On May 15, 1981 at the Alamo Community Congregational Church he married Nancy Roberts who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Amber (Robert) Watson of Plainwell and Jennifer (Daniel) Doctor-Boss of Plainwell; grandson, John Watson and his siblings, Donald (Judy) Boss of Otsego, Neil (Allison) Boss of Portage and Robert Boss of Kalamazoo.

He was preceded in death by his parents. According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service was held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Alamo Community Congregational Church with his brothers, Pastor Don Boss and Pastor Neil Boss officiating.

Friends were invited to coffee and desserts following the service.

Contributions in memory of John may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Wounded Warriors Project or to the United Way.

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Carolyn Jordan

November 9, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Many prayers of comfort to everyone who knew & loved John.



November 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm

My deepest sympathies. Life just doesn’t seem to be the same knowing John is not here anymore. I loved John like a brother. God bless. Hugs and love.


Bill Fales

November 9, 2018 at 7:24 pm

Worked many years at the Mill with John. He was a great co-worker and maintenance support worker. My condolences to his family loss af a man like John is tremendous may you find peace and comfort knowing he is with our Savior living an eternal life


Carrie boss green

November 9, 2018 at 9:31 pm

To John and family my prayers are with you all I know it’s hard cause I just lost my husband this year too cancer God bless love Carrie boss green


Roberta Swinehart-Thomas

November 10, 2018 at 8:37 am

Our lives are a journey, our passing is another beginning. Rest well.


Michael Chase

November 10, 2018 at 3:12 pm

I’ve known John since grade school. With John present there was never a dull moment in the classroom or during a social event. John was a nice guy. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family & friends. God bless John and his family


The Class of 1976

November 11, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Prays for the Boss family at there time of need.


Ralph Gates

November 13, 2018 at 11:02 am

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of John from this earth. John was (is) a great man!


Richard Ueck

November 16, 2018 at 10:04 pm

Rest In Peace my friend condolences to your family


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