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Miller Memorial Chapel

1120 West Goshen Ave, Visalia, CA

OBITUARY

Gerrit Thomas Bosma

November 29, 1939March 17, 2020

Gerrit Thomas Bosma November 29, 1939 – March 17, 2020 Gerrit Thomas Bosma, 80, of Visalia, CA, entered into eternal life with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 17, 2020. Gerrit was born in Middelstum, Netherlands on November 29, 1939, the son of Florence and Jacob Bosma. He had three sisters Grace Mulder, Alice Ham, Florence Batts, and three brothers John, Henry, and Jake (deceased). The family immigrated to America in 1950, first settling in Byron Center, Michigan, then in 1955 moving to Artesia, California. After graduating from Bellflower Christian School in 1958 he milked cows on his father’s dairy for two years and began dating Jeanette DeGroot, the love of his life. They were married on December 2, 1960 in Trinity Christian Reformed Church, in Artesia, California. In 1961 he began managing the Rockview Dairy farm in Downey, California. In 1969, Gerrit and Jeanette moved their family to a new dairy in Ontario, California. They were members of Calvary Christian Reformed Church, and their children attended Ontario Christian Schools. In 1990 the dairy relocated to Tipton, California, and in 2000 he retired to Visalia, California. Gerrit and Jeanette enjoyed 59 years of marriage and together had five children, Jake Bosma (58) married to Terri, Loreen Messerschmitt (56) married to Mike, James Bosma (55), Kathy Koster (53) married to John, Gary Bosma (45) married to Monica. Gerrit enjoyed spending time with their 5 children, 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. His favorite hobbies were traveling, fishing and golfing with friends and family. He made many trips to go bass fishing at Lake Powell and golfing in Palm Springs. His favorite pastime was trading the stock market. He was an early adopter of technology, buying an Apple computer with profits made on the Apple stock. He would often be asked by friends if he could help fix their computers. In 2010 he built a home on the Kaweah River in Three Rivers and this became his “happy place”. He loved to watch the wildlife and enjoyed the views of the mountains there. Throughout his life, Gerrit was a generous giver. He quietly gave to many different causes, but Christian education was dear to his heart. He lived out his final years at Sierra Village in view of Central Valley Christian School where his grandchildren attended. He was a member of Visalia Christian Reformed Church, a man of strong faith and full assurance of where he was going. He leaves his family a testimony of life lived in unwavering faith in Jesus Christ his Lord and Savior. The family would like to thank Dr. Havard, his staff, the Kaweah Delta Private Home Care staff, and the Kaweah Delta Hospice staff for all their help during his illness. A service to celebrate Gerrit’s life will be held graveside, 10:00am Thursday March 26, 2020 at 1300 West Goshen Ave, Visalia, CA. Tributes and condolences can be made at www.millerchapel.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Central Valley Christian School (5600 West Tulare Ave Visalia, CA 93277) or Kaweah Delta Hospice (623 West Willow Ave Visalia, CA 93291).

  • FAMILY

  • Gerrit is survived by his loving wife,Jeanettethey had five children, Jake Bosma (58) married to Terri, Loreen Messerschmitt (56) married to Mike, James Bosma (55), Kathy Koster (53) married to John, Gary Bosma (45) married to Monica. Gerrit enjoyed spending time with their 5 children, 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jake Bosma
  • Gary Bosma
  • James Bosma
  • Luke Doornenbal
  • John Kyle Haagsma
  • Tyler Grove

Services

  • Graveside Service Thursday, March 26, 2020

Memories

Gerrit Thomas Bosma

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Otto Hiemstra

March 22, 2020

Aan de familie Bosma in Visalia

Wij willen onze condoleances door het overlijden van onze
neef Gerrit Thomas Bosma, echtgenoot en vader/grootvader,
aan jullie overbrengen.
Wij, Otto en Sjoukje Hiemstra, zijn in de zomer van 1982 bij
Gerard en Jeanette in California op bezoek geweest en
hebben daar warme herinneringen van over gehouden.
Wij wensen Jeanette en de familie Bosma veel sterkte ,
ook in deze moeilijke tijd, met het overlijden en verlies van
Gerrit Bosma.

Otto en Sjoukje Hiemstra Grijpskerk /Groningen/Nederland

Pieter Hendrik Harke Hiemstra

March 22, 2020

Gecondoleerd met het overlijden van Gerrit, echtgenoot, vader, opa en overgrootvader.
Moge hij zich geborgen weten in de palm van Gods hand.
veel sterkte gewenst om dit grote verlies te dragen.

Joe Silva

March 21, 2020

Gerrit will be greatly missed in the Silva Household He was not only our Employer but a friend also. He gave me a job when Kaiser steel closed down without even a thought . Actually consider him and his family like an extension of ours.

Robin DenHoed

March 19, 2020

I have a whole movie reel of happy memories with Uncle Gerrit! Here are a few: driving no-hands through those dips and turns, swimming, playing in cotton seed, hiking, camping, Hawaii, visits back and forth, hanging out at Bailey’s wedding, and visiting this fall. I LOVED that guy!! He was always good for some love and laughter and I will miss him for sure.❤️

Tekke Panman

March 19, 2020

It was the summer of 1989 when I stayed with the Bosma's. I was 20, turning 21 and still in my discovery of what kind of life I would like to live. Gerrit had the competence to let me feel home in no time and gave me the confidence to be myself in his presence. we sat many hours together to share life experiences and Gerrit also gave his advise. That summer, I learned a lot from Gerrit, that I still use today 32 years later. Gerrit thank you.

PS: Jeanette this loss must be heavy for you. Also bless yourself that you were the lucky one who was chosen to live a life together with Gerrit. Yes, Gerrit was also very lucky with you !! #nicecouple

Darin Dykstra

March 18, 2020

My sympathies to all of you. What a gift to know he is with Jesus! Great memories of fishing at Lake Powell with Uncle Gerrit. It was a blast being on the house boat all together and I still have the striped bass hanging on my office wall. I'll not forget how we got caught in a bad storm on the way back to our camp one time. James and I thought it was kinda fun, but Uncle Gerrit said he was kinda scared when we were out there, the waves were huge for a small fishing boat, wasn't sure if we were gonna make it. Well, he got us back safe and sound!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY