Francis (Tony) Bosch, 91, of Longview died Friday March 4, 2022 at home surrounded by family.
Tony was born December 2, 1930 in rural Broadlands Illinois the son of Edward and Isabel Bosch.
He graduated from Longview high school in 1948. Tony served in the US Army as a Sergeant First Class with the K Company 1-26th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division from 1948 - 1952 stationed in Grafenwohr, Germany during the Korean War. He worked as a sheet metal worker for Chief Heating and Air Conditioning in Champaign for 35 years and also helped farm the Bosch farm. He married Mary Ellen (Melton) Bosch on June 9, 1956 at Immaculate Conception Church Bongard Illinois; they were married 65 years.
He is survived by his children Francis (Vicki) Bosch of Homer, Theresa Bosch of Champaign, Mary Kay Bosch of Mahomet, Dianne (Basil) Auteberry and Susan Bosch both of Longview, his sisters Monica and Dorothy, brothers Edward, Harold, Carl, and Denny, 6 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Mary Ellen, sisters Rosemary and Eileen and son Joseph.
He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, reading westerns and working puzzles. He served as a member of the American Legion Post 1171 Philo, Il.
The visitation for Tony and his wife will be on Saturday March 5, 2022 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church Bongard (1800 East 300 North, Philo). A memorial mass will follow the visitation at 10 a.m. with Monseigneur Keith Walder officiating. Intermittent will be at St. Joseph Cemetery Bongard with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers a donation can be made for a “Trades" scholarship set up in Tony's name at Longview State Bank Sidney, Illinois. Checks may be made out to the Tony Bosch Memorial Scholarship Fund.
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