Arthur James Bosch of Pella, Iowa, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, teacher and friend, died on November 6th, 2013, at the age of 84 years in Pella.
Born November 15, 1928, on a farm near Steen, Minnesota, he began his education in a nearby one-room schoolhouse, completing high school in Luverne, Minnesota. Throughout this time he did farm chores with his brothers and then worked for neighboring farmers the first year after graduating from high school. On a very memorable day, a recruiter from Central College in Pella, a friend of his minister at the Steen Reformed Church, came and talked to Art over a farm fence. Art found out he could attend Central and received a scholarship. After graduating from Central in 1951 with a major in chemistry, he continued his education at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin in biochemistry. He met his future wife, Dorothy Mae Kranendonk, while both were singing in the choir at Presbyterian House. She was also in graduate school. They were married on August 29, 1952, in Oostburg, Wisconsin.
In late 1953, Arthur joined the Army Medical Corps and in the summer of 1954 he was assigned to the clinical laboratory of the Landstuhl Army Hospital in Germany, and his wife soon joined him. He learned medical biochemistry and how to run a laboratory. They spent two years in Germany, traveling often around Europe, which launched a life of national and international travels together. Highlights included a round-the-world trip visiting India and Australia, and frequent visits to friends and relatives in the Netherlands.
After completing his PhD, Arthur and Dorothy moved to Pella in 1958, where Arthur became professor of chemistry and later the chair of the department. He taught at Central for 35 years. Taking his family along for the adventures, Dr.Bosch taught for a year in Taiwan and several terms in Mexico. Arthur was an active member of the Second Reformed Church, where he served as an elder and sang in the choir. He was a dedicated fan of Central College sports and loved to do crossword puzzles, play bridge, garden and eat dessert.
He is survived by his sister, Grace Wassenaar, of Hills, Minnesota; his brother, Gerald Bosch, of Valley Springs, South Dakota; his four children: Robert (Dianne) Bosch of Madison, Wisconsin, Barbara Bosch of Plymouth, Michigan, Ronald (Cathy) Bosch of Boston, Massachusetts, and Rebecca (Yash) Sikand of Libertyville, Illinois; and six grandchildren: Zach, Leah, Nick, Henry, Cooper and Mary. Arthur was preceded in death by his father, Gerrit Bosch; his mother, Jennie (Ten Haken); his wife, Dorothy; and his brothers: William, Dries and Marvin Bosch.
Memorial services were held on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at the Second Reformed Church in Pella. Arrangements were handled by Van Dyk – Duven Funeral Home.