Farming Rural 13

Donald J. Bosse

January 25, 1938 ~ March 27, 2020 (age 82)


Donald J Bosse was reunited with Linda, the love of his life, on Friday, March 27, 2020, he was 82.  Don was born January 25, 1938 in Chewelah, Washington to Leo & Julia (Seubert) Bosse.  When he was 2 years old, the family moved to a farm outside of Moscow. He attended the Ursuline Academy and Moscow Senior High School.

He married Linda Riedner on May 9, 1959 at St. Gall’s Catholic Church in Colton, Washington.  He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and uncle.

Don had a passion for farming and a love for small engine repair. He was lucky enough to make a living doing both, working as a mechanic first in the Motor Pool and then for the Grounds Shop at WSU and farming the ground where he grew up. Don retired after 42 years with WSU and was still able to continue enjoying both his passions.

Don was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Moscow, Idaho, where he served as Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus.  He enjoyed the camaraderie in the making of the sausage and working at the Annual Sausage Feed.

He enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, pinochle, reading Archie comic books, watching Hogan’s Heroes, Mash, F-Troop, Looney Tunes & Pink Panther with his kids and grandkids.  He had a knack for educating anyone who walked into his room about his television interests.

Don is survived by his 6 children Connie (Kip) Barner of Pullman, Cassie (Gary) Tribble of Moscow, Jeff (Stephanie) Bosse of Moscow, Karen (Roger) Virgin of Genesee, Donna (Steve) Brearley of Moscow and Doug (Debbie) Bosse of Kennewick, his sister Caryl (Rod) McElwee of Polson, Montana, 15 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren & several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Linda, their 2 infant children (Julie and Joey), his parents, a brother and sister and an infant grandson (Ryan).

He will be greatly missed not only by his family, but also his extended family at Good Samaritan – especially the ladies!

A Rosary and Funeral Mass will be at a later date.  The family will have a private burial.  The family suggests memorials be made to Good Samaritan, St. Mary’s Church in Moscow or a charity of their choice.

The family would like to thank Elite Hospice and the nurses & staff at Good Samaritan for their help and support taking care of Don.



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