Albert Bossert, 84, Drake, passed away on Christmas Eve at the Veterans Hospital in Fargo with family by his side.
Albert was born April 12, 1929,, in Minot, to Frank and Anna (Lemer) Bossert. He was a lifelong resident of Drake.
Albert graduated from Drake High School in 1947 and attended St John's University in Collegeville, Minn. On Oct. 17, 1951, he entered the U.S. Army and served on the front line as a tank operator during the Korean War. He sent his monthly earnings back to his father and the funds were used to purchase a stained glass window for St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Drake. He returned from the war to Drake in 1953 and in 1955 married Sharon Ward at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Minot. They lived in Drake where they raised their four children: Mark, Kevin, Julie and Paul. Albert and Sharon were happily married for 58 years.
Albert and his brother Eddie ran the Drake John Deere Implement Dealership started in 1930 by their dad. When the dealership closed in the early 1970s, Albert traveled North Dakota and Montana for several years selling industrial grade bolts and fasteners for Bowman Products Inc. Eventually he found himself back with his John Deeres, working with Rugby Equipment until his retirement. His love for John Deere tractors was evident and well known by everyone who knew him. He received calls and letters from people all over the world asking him for advice when they ran into a problem or were looking for old John Deere equipment. Albert loved his green and yellow tractors so much that the Green Bay Packers were his favorite football team. His family inherited his love for the green and yellow and will cherish the many happy memories of Dad driving his tractors and rooting for the Packers.
Throughout his life Albert was active in many community organizations. He was a founding member of the Drake Threshing Association in 1968. He stayed active in the threshing shows each year and could be seen on top of the threshing machines during the shows, working with his friends running the grain binder before the shows, and staying after the show to make sure the equipment was put away. Albert could be heard announcing the threshing parade for many years. He didn't need notes to tell him what the parade entry was, or who owned it, or who was driving it. He knew everyone and everyone knew him.
Albert was a member of the St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church of Drake and the Drake Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member and past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 5856 of Drake. He was also a member and past commander of the David D. Nehrenberg American Legion Post #32 of Drake and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Albert honored his fellow Drake and area veterans during their funerals with the American Legion honor guard.
He was a story teller who could recall many family stories and events which happened in Drake and throughout his life. He loved to share these stories with family and friends. In this way, we, his family, had a strong understanding of Dad's heritage and how he became the strong caring man he was. He was deeply devoted to his family, and made them his most important focus throughout his life. We will love and miss you in our lives Dad, but you will be forever in our hearts.
Albert was preceded in death by: his parents, Frank and Anna Bossert; and his brother, Eddie.
He is survived by: his wife, Sharon; three sons, Mark Bossert, Balfour, Kevin (Michelle) Bossert, Drake, and Paul (Chrissy) Bossert of Bismarck; daughter, Julie (Mark) Jacobson, Bismarck; three sisters, Tillie Filialtraut, Blaine, Minn., Elaine (Ralph) Mrak, Duluth, Minn., and Mary (Wayne) DeTienne, Hayden, Idaho; eight grandchildren, Amanda Walsh, Eric (Bridget) Bossert, Alex Bossert (Kelsie Fahy), Anni (Ernie) Lageson, Kristen (Nick) Bowe, Brenden Jacobson, Landon Jacobson and Nick Winkler; three great-grandchildren, Brady and Blake Lageson and Regan Bossert; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral: Monday, Dec. 30, at 10:30 a. m. at the St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Drake.
Visitation: Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Bethke-Nelson Funeral Home in Drake.
Prayer Service: Sunday at 7 p. m. at the church.
Burial: St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church Cemetery, Drake.
Condolences may be sent by visiting (www.nelsonfuneralhomesnd.com).