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Gerald Leonard Bosacker

October 21, 1930 ~ March 3, 2018 (age 87)

Gerald (Jerry) Leonard Bosacker
10/21/30 ~ 3/3/18

Chasing the “perfect” word was always a passion of Gerald. From his early days in southern MN, through to his retirement in FL, AR and eventually Whitefish, MT, he never stopped writing poetry & enjoying his family. Rising from the depression, he had an illustrious career in the corporate world, but his passion was his family and the thousands of poems that he leaves us all.  We invite you to seek out his poetry at He had a knack for defending the aggrieved and loved attacking the establishment. He survived 87 beautiful years despite being hit by a car 7 times on foot or bike, crashing a motorcycle at high speed on a trestle filled with gravel, twisting his leg 360 degrees twice while water & then snow skiing, breaking his hip 6 times and even being (actually) shot in the back. He did find the perfect word for his family & friends: LOVE. 

“When we accept our life is done, our history completely run, and all the honors we have won, that web of gold that we have spun is FAMILY”.

Gerald is survived by loving wife of 63 years, Jacky Colton Bosacker, 85; daughter Jill & Joe Courtney of Whitefish, MT, Grandchildren, Janessa Courtney of Cranston, RI, Jacob Courtney & fiancé Hattie Lunceford of Cheney, WA. Son John & Abby Bosacker of Orlando, FL, Grandchildren: Brandon & Lacy Bosacker & his first Great-Grandaughter, Harlow of Midland, MI, Brock & Brooke Bosacker of Montreal, Canada, Brittany Bosacker & Jake Lampack of San Francisco. Sister Diane Bosacker Olson of Albert Lea, MN and brother Mark & Jean Bosacker of Mankato, MN and his faithful companion dog, Belle. Rest in Peace husband Jerry - loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend: 

A Final Verse by Gerald Bosacker~
When I expire,
don’t come to look
at my exhausted corpse.
Please stay at home, 
And read my latest book. 
Don’t hum me hymns, 
or false display regrets
that I am gone. 
I’ve spent my years
exploring life,
and wrote what seems
but weak acknowledgement
of that great gift.
So joyful note,
in verse I share,
I do not grieve
when comes the time
that I must leave.

Jerry’s wishes were to donate his body to science and a celebration of his life will take place later this summer. Special appreciation to Dr. Courtney Austin of Whitefish, MT and Frontier Hospice of Kalispell, MT for their kind and compassionate care.

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