Alfred "Jim" Bosma
June 29, 1924 - May 27, 2021
Jim Bosma, 96, of Buffalo Center, died Thursday at Timely Mission Nursing Home in Buffalo Center. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 1:30 PM at First Reformed Church in Buffalo Center. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery in Buffalo Center with military honors conducted. His family will greet friends from noon Tuesday until time of service at the church.
Alfred James (Jim) Bosma was born June 29, 1924. The 13th child of Thomas and Florence Bosma. At the time of his passing he was the last surviving sibling, and desperately missed his family. Jim was adored and fussed over by his older sisters, but as all farm boys he learned to work at a very young age. He told stories of helping Pa hitch up the team at 9 years old. Of him dragging corn with the horse & harrow and getting caught in a hail storm....the horse bolted and thru the fence they went! He attended country school thru 8th grade. He was a natural with math, and even after he became a resident at Timley Mission he would recite math problems just to test us!
Jim was a US Navy WW2 Veteran. Honorably discharged in 1946. Like many young men, the Navy was his 1st BIG life experience. He was proud of his service BUT despised war. He was a lifetime member of VFW and later an American Legion member. After returning home from the Navy he lived & worked as the hired man for his sister and husband Norman & Annabelle Oswald. He then started learning carpentry by working with Bud Olson in Buffalo Center. They built many homes in the area. He then worked as a carpenter in Mason city. He quite often talked about building the old Purina soybean processing plant as the last project he was involved in - and learned he was not fond of heights!
He met his wife of 43 years Joyce Shull Becker while she was in beauty school. She was staying with her friend & classmate Dee Haroldson, who just happened to be Jim's niece! After a short courtship they were married August 29, 1952. Jim became an instant father to Joyce's young daughter Suzanne. Their family grew when son Steven was born March 6, 1953. In 1955 they moved back south of Buffalo Center area and started share crop farming with Gus Keigle. In 1959 the family moved north of town, around the corner from little brother Clarence and his family. After a short time, Jim was given the opportunity to buy the acerage & farmland. He and brother Clarence farmed together until Clarence transitioned into the crop insurance & finance profession. Through the years Jim was active member of the First Reformed Church, serving as both elder & decon. His construction experience made him a natural "go to" during the church addition and remodel in the 70's. He was involved in the pastoral call for Rev. Bill Peake. He also served on the Timely Mission board of directors. Jim was happy (yet apprehensive) when their son Steve returned home from the Navy in 1977 and wanted to farm. Father & son farmed side by side until Jim retired in in the early 90's. Jim continued to help Steve farm for a number of years after retiring. You know you can take the farmer off the farm, but not taking the farming out of the farmer! In July 1980, Steve married a local Buffalo Center girl, Sue Jensvold. In June, 1982 their 1st child Jesse Thomas was born, and Jim joined the grandpa group! Then December 1984 little Katie Ellen came along! Grandpa Grandpa Grandpa Grandpa! He laoved when the grands would bring him snacks and ride in the combine with him.
After his wife Joyce passed away in January, 1995 Jim started seeing old friend Norma Quamme. They married in December, 1996. Jim moved off the farm to live in Norma's "town house" they enjoyed their encore marriage until Norma passed in 2015. On the heels of losing Norma, Jim also grieved the loss of his great-grandson, Titus, and stepdaughter, Suzanne, just two days apart. After Norma's passing Jim moved to the PERFECT apartment. The Tribune apartment location made it possible for him to live independently. Since he no longer drove, he could walks to the bank, post office and grocery store! During the summer months he would walk several blocks per day. He continued to live independently until a bad fall forced him to move to Timely Mission Nursing Home in August, 2019.
While a resident of Timely Mission, Jim connected with old friends and made new ones! Like most, he was never overly happy about being there. The staff did their best to keep his spirits up. The COVID pandemic and shutdown just complicated our ability to stay connected. At 96, he survived COVID with few side effects.
"OUR TOUGH OLD BIRD!"
Jim is survived by his son, Steven, daughter-in-law, Sue. Grandson Jesse (Kelsey). Granddaughter Katie. Great grandchildren: Kaiden, Gabby and Wyatt. Many nieces and nephews.