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Peter Barnhart Bosserman
August 23, 1933 - July 20, 2017

Peter Barnhart Bosserman, 83, died July 20. There will be a funeral Mass Thursday, July 27, at 11 a.m. at Christ the King Church in Milwaukie.

Mr. Bosserman was born in Los Angeles Aug. 23, 1933, to Charles Bosserman and Charlotte (Cheney) Bosserman.  He was the second of three children, and the family moved to Seattle when he was 4 years old. 

Mr. Bosserman’s love of the outdoors may have began when he was allowed to explore, at an early age and sometimes alone, the beauty of the Northwest.  He attended St. Martin School where he thrived academically and musically and competed in athletics and debate.

Like his dad, Mr. Bosserman studied engineering.  He spent time in the army, playing the French horn and traveling in Europe during the Korean conflict.  At Seattle University (where he received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering), he met his future wife, Sarah (Sally) Kaufer, and they married in 1958. 

Mr. Bosserman followed in his dad’s footsteps and worked at Boeing.  Later he transitioned to work in air quality which caused a move from Capitol Hill in Seattle to the suburbs of Portland in 1974.  By this time he had a family of nine children whom he always provided for.

With his wife, Sally, they were active in their Catholic faith (members at both Christ the King in Milwaukie and St. Mary's by the Sea in Rockaway), busy raising a family and being present at grandchildren's events, and enjoying the beach where Mr. Bosserman “puttered” in the garden.  Pete was politically active his entire life and ran for state representative twice. 

His faith in God was steadfast and he was always active in church choir where he was heard as a strong tenor.  At one point he competed in Gregorian Chant at local competitions and taught religious education on Wednesday nights.  He had a passion for Cursillo and participated in three-day retreats for decades. 

A few memories from his children include him coming home from work and wrestling with the kids; playing Rachmaninoff on the piano; coaching CYO basketball; commuting in the summer time to the lake house; stamp collecting, working on puzzles, campaigning, reading, gardening, and, most Saturdays, taking the children on hikes in local areas.  He was strict and frugal, but also enjoyed a good prank.

Mr. Bosserman is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sarah (Kaufer) Bosserman, his children, TheresAnn Bosserman, John Bosserman, Suzanne Bosserman, Clare Bentz, Greg Bosserman, Sharon Bosserman-Benson, Dianne Ruebsamen, Paul Bosserman and Monica Lange; 23 grandchildren and five great grandchildren; and his sister, Anne Bosserman, SNJM.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Catholic Cursillo Movement, 2250 16th Street, North Bend, Oregon, 97459-1682, writing “In memory of Pete Bosserman” in the memo section of the check.

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