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David Wayne Bosscher, of Grand Rapids, at the age of 88, on October 19, 2017, ended his earthly journey peacefully at home.

The son of Jacob & Nellie (Lucas) Bosscher, he was born on December 8, 1928 in Rehoboth, New Mexico.  He was raised in Rehoboth where his father was in charge of Rehoboth Christian School and the students that boarded there. David, the youngest of nine children, attended boarding school at Wasatch Academy, Mt Pleasant, UT. He served his country in the United States Army from 1946 to 1947. He completed his degree in education from Calvin College in 1951 and acquired his Master’s Degree from University of Michigan. David taught at three Christian Schools in Grand
Rapids, MI. Later he worked for the Christian Reformed Home Missions church, supervising the Mission program that was connected with the Native American communities. He ended his working career at Seidman and Seidman accounting Firm.

He married Marilyn Ann Bomers in 1951. They were married for 54 years and richly blessed the lives of three children, their spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Marilyn passed away in 2005. David lived as a faithful servant of His Lord and Savior. He was very committed to his personal family and his church family. His interests were many. He was especially gifted in woodworking and created many hand-made projects treasured by all.

David is survived by Natalie Boonstra Bosscher, who he married in 2007, her children John (Brenda) Rick (Marlene), Peter (Mary), Natalie (Mike), his children Sue Bosscher Kuipers (Rick), Steve (Sue) and Stan (Anne). Also surviving is his brother, Harry Bosscher. His grandchildren include Kelly Solano (Jairo), Ryan Kuipers, Kristen Witvoet (John), Kerry Kuipers, Trevor Bosscher, Bradley Bosscher (Tori), Jenny Ike (Jake) and Amy DeRuiter (Joel). His sisters-in-law, Etta Van Wingerden, and Johanna Bomers. David’s family also includes 11 great-grandchildren.

Thank you to Faith Hospice for the many hours of care provided.

A celebration of his life will be held at 7pm on Monday, October 23, 2017 at Millbrook Christian Reformed
Church, 3661 Poinsettia Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 5pm-7pm. Donations may be made in memory of David to Zuni Christian School, PO Box 445, Zuni, NM 87327.

Honoring his wishes cremation will take place. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign David’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, exclusive provider of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. Dirk and Phyllis Bakhuyzen on October 20, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Stan, Steve and Sue, Our sympathy to you and your family! “Big Dave” was a big part of my childhood. I was always jealous of your summer vacations out west. Loved the basketball games in the driveway. Fond, fond memories! Blessings!

  2. Kathy and Cleve Boutwell on October 22, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Uncle Dave and Natalie would visit with us when they traveled to Cornelia, GA over the years. We had wonderful political conversations along with rehashing memories of long ago. He was a joy to be around and lit up the room with his presence. Sue, Steve and Stan, it’s hard to lose your father, I know. Fortunately, it’s comforting to know he is with our Lord.

  3. Eugene Kilburg on October 23, 2017 at 10:35 am

    We will miss Dave’s friendly, smiling face and good humor at MVP classes. He was a wonderful, humble man who made everyone he met feel special. Condolences to his family on their loss.
    Gene and Maureen

  4. Nancy Feirick ( Nykamp ) on October 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    When we would get together, as a younger child, Dave would always pinch our cheeks after we smiled. Good memories as he always had a smile on his face.
    ( Don & Donna’s daughter )
    Sorry to hear about your loss.

  5. Trudy and Jerry Oele on October 23, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Sue and family,
    Saying goodbye to a beloved father is so hard. Our sympathy goes out to all of you. May you find great comfort knowing he is in his heavenly home.

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