Athol – Floyd Henry Bose, 91, passed away Thursday, February 25, 2021 in Richmond, KS.
Floyd was born February 8, 1930 on the family farm in Athol, KS, the son of Henry and Sophia (Suchsland) Bose. Floyd graduated from Athol High School in 1948 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Floyd would tell everyone that he and his friend Duane Hooper signed up for the USMC because the line was the shortest. He went on to say, “Now I know why the line was so short.” Floyd was a charter member of Mt. Suribachi Det. 105 Marine Corps League which is the oldest detachment in the state of Kansas. Shortly after enlisting, Floyd married Bernetta Jane Bonnett of Smith Center in 1949. They went on to have three children, Kenton Duane, Dion, and Vicki. They later separated in 2003.
Floyd Spent his life working on the farm and working with a custom cutting crew that would cut wheat. They would start in Texas and travel up to South Dakota all summer long. Floyd then went into law enforcement where he was a deputy for many years. He then became the Sheriff of Smith County, Kansas for 14 years and continued his law enforcement career as Chief of Police in Osborne, Kansas.
Floyd had a passion for many things, but a few of his favorites were hunting, fishing, collecting guns and spending time with his great grandchildren. Floyd loved fishing so much that he would travel across the U.S. just to search for that trophy fish. His daughter Vicki has always been his fishing buddy. They would go to Colorado for trout, Arkansas for bass, and South Dakota for Walleye. They even went to California to go deep sea fishing. If Floyd wasn’t fishing, he was hunting or teaching his grandchildren how to shoot. He even taught his grandchildren about snipe hunting. Floyd loved to prank people to get a good laugh. When describing Floyd, one of the main words that would come up would be ornery. Floyd had two sidekicks to help with that. He was always getting into trouble with Aaron Meyer and Dale Bonnett. Floyd will be remembered by his family and friends for his practical jokes, golden heart, and the love and honor he had for his family and his country.
He was preceded in death by this parents, two brothers, Emil and Elmer Bose, two sisters, Alma and Mary, a son Kenton Duane Bose, and two grandchildren, Linda Urbanek and Scott Smith.
Floyd is survived by two daughters, Dion Bose of Salina, and her grandchildren, Michael, Jessalyn, Tristan and Damien, Vicki (Anthony) Mersman of Greeley; granddaughter Sarah (Jeremy) Roberts of Garnett and three great-grandsons, Alex, Aiden and Ashton Roberts, grandson Thomas Mersman of Lawrence, granddaughter Lauren (Cody) Purney of Topeka and two great-granddaughters, Athena and Raylynn Purney.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at All Faiths Funeral Chapel, 113 S. Madison St., Smith Center, KS, with Pastor Tom James officiating. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, March 1, 2021 with family present to greet friends. Burial will take place in Myers-Pleasant View Cemetery, Athol, KS. Memorials may be given to Floyd H. Bose Memorial Fund and can be sent in care of the funeral Chapel.