Richard "Dick" B. Bosley
Richard "Dick" B. Bosley, 91, of Jackson, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009.
Richard was born on May 19, 1918, to Raleigh and Clara (nee Roetzer) Bosley in Milwaukee. His father passed away two months before he was born. Richard spent his early years growing up in Bayview with his mother and sister at the house of his German grandparents. He was always very proud of the fact that his mother, Clara, was the personal secretary to Mayor Dan Hoan. He was very interested in photography and was self taught. Richard started his photography business in the basement of his grandfather’s house and it grew into Graphic Studios, where he did a lot of work for Miller and Schlitz Breweries, Harley Davidson and many more large Milwaukee corporations for 30 years. He served in WWII in the Army Air Corps, where he trained to be a pilot. He was a member of the 440th Air Force Reserve for many years and rose to lieutenant colonel. His life-long friends came from his military service and also from his membership in the QB’s, a private flying organization. He was a child of the Depression and when he was courting his first wife Helen (nee Rohrer), he used to tell the story how after working for a week, if he wanted to take her to a movie, he would let her ride the street car and he would run along side, then after the movie they would both walk home. He was always active and opinionated about politics and civic affairs. Richard proudly served on the Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation, where as a member and director for 18 years, he helped many people of diverse backrounds to get seed money to start their own businesses.
Richard met the love of his life, Leila (nee Menges-Bertram), to whom he was married for 42 years. They bought a number of apartment and business buildings in Milwaukee. The couple purchased an abandoned farm in 1962 in West Bend. They planted over 5,000 trees, built a swimming pool and restored a large barn and the log house. They hosted over 100 large barn dances. They also had 10 miles of snowmobiling and horseback riding trails. Richard and Leila took many trips abroad, visiting five continents and 90 countries. They built a house on 10 acres on the southern coast of Alabama and spent much of the winters there for over 25 years. Each property was beautiful and lovingly cared for and they shared the beauty and fun with family and friends for their whole married life.
Richard is survived by his daughter, Susan B. Bosley; his grandchildren, Samuel (Stacie), Matthew, Andrew (Lora) and Katherine Bosley. He is further survived by his great-grandchildren, Drew, Mason, Sydney, Owen and Marcus Bosley; Leila’s family, son Barry (Sally) Bertram; grandchildren, Nora, Sara and Barry Jr. Bertram, many friends and relatives. A special thanks to Bob and Mae Heisel, cousins of Richard and Terry and Michelle Kiekhaefer, who were the best of friends to both Richard and Leila.
Richard is preceded in death by his son, Richard R. Bosley; his wife, Leila Nora Bosley, both of whom passed away this year. At the end of Leila’s obituary, Richard wrote "Wait for me baby, it won’t be long. We’ve got a lot more exploring to do."
Richard was not a religious man. He believed that life ended at death, but when his son and wife passed, he hoped very much that he was wrong.
Sharing of memories of Richard will be on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, at 7 p.m. at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel of West Bend with Richard’s family and friends speaking memoirs. Visitation will be on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the funeral home from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Interment will take place Friday, Sept. 25 at 9 a.m. at South Eastern WI Veteran’s Cemetery in Union Grove.
A special thank you to the social workers and nurses at Cedar Community Hospice and all the staff at Jackson Crossings who made Richard and Leila’s last years and months so much easier for both the couple and the family.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family. www.phillipfuneralhome.com.