Gerald Bosshardt (December 11, 1947 - June 30, 2023)

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Gerald Bosshardt
  • December 11, 1947
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  • June 30, 2023

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Gerald “Gerry” Bosshardt, 75, passed away on June 30, 2023, in The Villages, Fla., after a courageous battle with Lewy Body disease.

To all that knew him, Gerry was a kind, thoughtful man, who was generous with his time, love and knowledge. Born in Austin, Minn., Gerry grew up on his family farm outside of Fairbaugh, Minn., with his parents Merle and Flora and brother Tom. He attended the University of Minnesota-St. Paul, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education and a Masters in Education, and was a proud member of the Alpha Gamma Rho and Alpha Tau Alpha fraternities. He proudly followed in both his parents’ footsteps, serving in the U.S. Army (Army Reserves for 13 years) through the rank of Captain.

Gerry married the love of his life Judy on July 1, 1972, celebrating just one day short of 51 years of marriage. Together, they had their only child Jennifer, although many would call Gerry their de facto dad throughout the years. Gerry enjoyed a career of teaching, first as an agriculture and woodshop high school teacher running the FHA program, and then as a corporate trainer and marketing executive for both DeLaval and Farmland Foods. His work took the family to Plainview, Minn., and Lancaster, Penn., before settling in Kansas City, Mo., for nearly 30 years. For the last 12 years, Gerry and Judy have called The Villages, Fla., home, where he found a new love of shuffleboard.

Gerry was an avid woodworker, gifting his friends and family with annual Christmas and birthday gifts that will carry his legacy forward for generations to come. He was the absolute best Papa to his two grandchildren Ethan and Claire, teaching Ethan how to throw a football and playing games with Claire.

Gerry is survived by his wife Judy Bosshardt, his daughter Jennifer Smith, son-in-law Sean Smith and grandchildren Ethan and Claire Smith, brother Tom (Carol) Bosshardt, special sister-in-law Mary Kautz and nephew Justin (Sara) Sampsel, siblings-in-law Janice (Dave) Carpenter and Jim (Carla) Thompson and numerous other family members and friends.


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  1. Suzanne Speed lit a candle:
    23 Jul 2023
    Lit since July 23, 2023 at 7:09:11 PM

  2. Olof Gertz lit a candle:
    23 Jul 2023
    Lit since July 23, 2023 at 7:22:17 AM

  3. Diane Louise Burd says:
    15 Jul 2023
    Gerry was a wonderful friend. He taught us how to play Euchre & then he & Judy invited us to join their Euchre group. He shared memories of growing up on a farm. These resonated with Diane as her Dad also grew up on a farm. Early on they invited us to go with them to Garvinos. We knew right then & there we would be good friends.
    Gerry was a thoughtful & good person who we will miss greatly.
    Diane & Steve

  4. Beth says:
    10 Jul 2023
    Such a handsome, kind man. I mainly knew him through his daughter Jennifer-and Jennifer’s mother in law Phyllis an Bill. What a wonderful father to Jennifer, husband to Judy, father in law to Sean, and most special grandfather to Ethan and Claire.

    May his light shine through all those he has touched, my heartfelt compassion to All.

  5. Janice Carpenter says:
    09 Jul 2023
    When Gerry married my older sister Judy he immediately took on the role of older brother. No one asked Gerry to do this. It was just who he was…mature and responsible.. Together Judy and Gerry were my compass. When I was lost, Judy and Gerry were always there to guide me home. Home was my own home, my parents home or their home. I always felt safe, secure and welcome with them. Gerry would talk to me, share his own personal experiences and wisdom but never forced an opinion or decision on me. Gerry was a man of patience and integrity. David and I have always respected Gerry and thought of him as a friend and brother. Rest in peace dear brother.

  6. Chelly Pfeifer posted an image:
    03 Jul 2023
    My favorite photo of a proud papa with his love at their daughter’s wedding!
    My favorite photo of a proud papa with his love at their daughter’s wedding!

  7. Gabrielle (Chelly) Pfeifer posted an image:
    03 Jul 2023
    My favorite photo of Gerry & his love, Judy❤️ it was at Jenny’s wedding and he was so proud
    My favorite photo of Gerry & his love, Judy❤️ it was at Jenny’s wedding and he was so proud

  8. Larry & Peggy McMillin says:
    03 Jul 2023
    Gery was an inspiration to many of us. His laugh was contagious and his love of his family was absolute.

    I remember those many years in Kansas City when Gerry and Judy hosted many interesting and outrageous themed parties.

    God is pleased with him for being a loving husband, father, and special friend.

    May God Bless the Bosshardt family

    Larry & Peggy McMillin

  9. Bronwen Huron lit a candle:
    03 Jul 2023
    Lit since July 3, 2023 at 7:36:23 PM

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