Wim Bosch of Avilla, 71, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family and friends on January 6, 2019 at 3:58am. He was born in Haarlem, The Netherlands on May 5, 1947 and immigrated with his parents and sister in 1959 at the age of 12 with the Mennonite Church in Sturgis, Michigan. Wim joined the United States Army from 1964 to 1967 and later started Superior Auto out of his front yard on Superior Street. Wim then went into the bar business and has owned more than 27 bars in Indiana and 3 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bars were not the only businesses he owned, he also owned an Amusement company, as well as Bosch Bus Company and Two Ladies Bus Company. Wim was a very intelligent man with a simple General Education Diploma that he attained while in the Army. Numbers talked to him and there was nothing he couldn’t fix, build, or accomplish if he put his mind to it. He engineered remodeling his first bus, an Eagle Coach, so he was able to drive and store a golf cart in the storage compartments under the bus. Wim also took pride in being an American, so much so, that he made sure that he owned the tallest flag in Noble County. Anyone that met Wim would recognize him by his deep voice and quirky personality. If they were lucky enough, he would share one of his funny stories them. Wim was married to Nancy Hambrock on November 15, 1996 and he was a great husband, father, grandfather, and a very successful self-made businessman. Wim was a member of the American Legion, Post 240; Life Member AmVets, Post 33; Life Member VFW, Post 1521; Kendallville Elks, Lodge 1194; Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Lodge 985; Fort Myers Royal Palm Yacht Club; Maumee Masonic, Lodge725; Scottish Rite; and the Mizpa Shrine of Fort Wayne. Wim had a big heart. He was greatly loved and will be missed by many.
He is survived by:
Wife, Nancy Bosch.
Daughter, Dawn (Mike) Goodwin
Step daughter, Allissa Marks (Randy Tumamak)
Step son, Jimi (Jen) Marks (Jen),
Step son, John Marks
Step son, Jerad (Audrey) Marks
Grandchildren: Jeremiah Marks, Kylee Marks, Joshua Marks, Jenette Marks and Karina Tumamak.
Nephew, Phil (Meredith) Parnin and their children, Tanner and Tate.
Niece, Tracey (Gary) Gruesbeck and their child, Caes.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Willem Bosch and Tetje' Bosch; his sister, Geraldine Van Der Wal and his step-father, Walter Duane.
No services are planned at this time. Arrangements entrusted to Hite Funeral Home.
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